A reasonably priced option in an increasingly popular area of Harlem (Marcus Samuelsson's hot Red Rooster restaurant is nearby), this branch of the Aloft chain delivers with cheerful service and a fun atmosphere, once you get past the confusing front entrance. Guest rooms make good use of their space, and have sustainable wood-grain accents and faux-cork touches. Bathrooms are sleek, with spacious glass-walled overhead rain showers. Downstairs is a bar and a pool table,
and a revolving display of art from local galleries. The Re:fuel minimarket in the lobby sells everything from fresh blueberries to slices of red velvet cake, and is open 24 hours a day.