Short Stay: Aloft BWI Baltimore Washington International Airport – Hotel Review

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 June 2017
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I arrived at the somewhat redundantly named Aloft BWI Baltimore Washington International Airport after a quick train ride from Washington, D.C., to the BWI Marshall Rail Station followed by a five-minute Uber ride. The hotel is located in close proximity to the airport – a mere 2.7 miles (4.3 kilometers) – and the BWI Rail station. The Aloft BWI offers its own complimentary shuttle service to the airport, beginning at 4:30 a.m. and running every half an hour thereafter. My return flight had an early departure at 6:30 a.m., and the 5 a.m. shuttle deposited me at the terminal less than 10 minutes later.

The lobby was large and expansive for a 155-room hotel, and the front desk clerk competently assisted me with check-in formalities giving me a minute to assess the lobby and adjoining W XYZ Bar, a staple of all Aloft properties.

The lounge area, with its cushioned chairs and fireplace, was a cozy place to relax, and travelers, clearly in from the airport due to their nearby luggage, were enjoying drinks at the bar. Other guests were enjoying a game of billiards at the lobby’s pool table.




My King room, appropriately enough, had a king size bed flanked by nightstands.  with conveniently located outlets next to each and a flatscreen television on the opposite wall. Uninspired decorations included a landscape of the Baltimore skyline on the wall above the bed.

The shower and toilet were accessed via a sliding door, with a generously-sized countertop by the washbasin provided neatly arranged amenities.


A writing desk paired with a comfortable ergonomic chair faced the window. Power outlets were conveniently located and were sufficient to plug in all of my electronic devices. I found the hotel’s complimentary Wi-Fi to be quite fast.

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