Arlo Shakes Up the Urban Hotel Scene

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Arlo Midtown suite

We love when we find a hotel that welcomes you into its fold as if you’ve been part of its fabric since its opening. That’s how we felt as soon as we walked into both Arlo SoHo and Arlo Midtown.

The vibe is both hip and hospitable; the service is one of the most heartfelt we’ve ever encountered at a hotel; the location for both properties is spot-on; and the guest rooms, onsite eateries and hang-out spots create a bleisure getaway in a metropolis that never sleeps. Oh, and these are no cookie-cutter properties—they might fall under the “Arlo” umbrella, but they each have a distinct personality.

Arlo, you ask: That’s a name you’re going to want to keep on your radar because this brand is shaking things up in the hotel scene. They’re so forward-thinking, in fact, that they’re the very first hotel to pop up in Miami’s dynamic Wynwood neighborhood, known for its impressive graffiti pieces. Fully embracing the surrounding aesthetics, Arlo Wynwood features a vibrant colorful outdoor staircase that will have you swooning (it made us do a double-take when we first popped into the hotel for a look-around). This stylish hotel brand also has just swung open the doors to the 218-room Arlo Chicago, offering a new take on the old soul of the landmark 1916 Atlantic Bank building, and located in the heart of downtown Chicago, steps from Millennium Park.

“[Arlo] offers everything you need,” says Jimmy Suh, chief commercial officer at Arlo Hotels, “with some surprising moments of the unexpected. We offer the optimal balance of a great comfortable sleep with some experiential highlights throughout the stay, and we do our best to embrace the local community and the local culture and bring that into our hotels.

“We don’t profess to be the most luxurious,” adds Suh, “although we do offer a very accommodating product, design and overall experience. But I think where we do stand out is the incredible guest service.” He adds that travelers will encounter surprising moments of delight from the “moment they enter our lobby to the time of check out.”

See more on our recent visit to Arlo SoHo and Midtown here.

This article originally appeared in our sister publication, Recommend.

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