I was lucky enough to be invited to the V.I.P. grand opening event at Aloft Tucson University Hotel at Speedway and Campbell.
It was a really nice event. They had acrobats, live bands and a dj, "light bites" (appetizers to you and me), and an open bar. I skipped the drinking because I really didn't want a Wednesday morning hangover.
Arizona Wildcats head football coach Rich Rodriguez spoke at the event, along with executives from Starwood Hotels, and the General Manager of Aloft (Craig). He was a guest on the Morning Blend a couple of weeks ago.
The hotel is a top to bottom redo of the old Sheraton Five Points and other than the shell of the building, it's brand new. It has a very artsy / art deco edge to it. I didn't get the chance to go up to a room so I'm assuming they're nice. The hotel is tall enough that if you have a room on the north side on the upper floors I'm guessing there is an awesome view of the mountains.
I brought along my Kenparazzi camera to share the experience with you.
|Aloft Hotel at Speedway and Campbell in Tucson from across the street to the north.|
|Wxyz lounge on the right, the front desk on the left|
|Refuel over near the window, which has sandwiches, snacks and drinks|
|Acrobats perform in the lobby.|
Either that, or this was foreplay for some random couple.
|Two female acrobats perform while a whole bunch of people in the lobby watch.|
What a bunch of pervs. Oh wait, I was watching too. Never mind.
|Here's a position I've never tried before|
|I am calling this move "Holy crap, why are you so heavy? Did you have a big lunch?"|
|Arizona Wildcats head football coach Rich Rodriguez spoke at the Aloft Hotel grand opening event.|
|Aloft General Manager Craig Martin|
|I wasn't the only one in the crowd taking pictures|
|The man at the podium is the President of Starwood Hotels (I think that is his title), although I missed hearing his name.|
But, he seems like a nice guy.
|The beginning of the ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Flam Chen|
She has the ceremonial scissors
|Flam Chen works their way toward the ribbon in lace outfits and on stilts|
|Two guys from Flam Chen on stilts hold the woman in the air who will cut the ribbon|
|The woman with the ribbon cutting scissors is upside down on the shirtless guy's back.|
This is my favorite photo of the night... because it looks like fire is coming out of her butt.
|The guy from Flam Chen with the blue sash has the ceremonial scissors|
|The girl from Flam Chen who looked like she had fire coming out of her butt a few photos ago does the ribbon cutting|
|Guests inside getting "light bites".|
I am pretty sure they don't do cheeseburgers at this hotel, but I forgot to ask.
|My buddy Corbin is on the left with two friends.|
|The lobby of Aloft with two random dudes playing pool.|
|A view of the backyard at Aloft with DJ Dibs on the left under the umbrella.|
It took all of the willpower I had not to ask him to play some Justin Bieber.
|Looking up at the south side of the hotel from the backyard.|
|Partygoers at the Aloft Hotel grand opening event in the hotel's backyard at sunset.|
|A sign outside of the hotel|
|A view of Aloft Hotel from the north across the street on Speedway at sunset as I walked back to my car.|