I thought of this thread after seeing so many negative comments from insiders about the SPG Aloft properties. I've never stayed at Aloft but I well heed the warnings.
Last January I stayed at two AC Hotels in Spain and I absolutely hated it. It was the most Spartan accommodations I've experienced since the Marine Corp's boot camp. Cold, unfeeling, bland with miserable employees. Needless to say I was overjoyed when I reached Barcelona and stayed at the Hotel Arts Ritz Carlton (which I highly recommend). I'm interested in hearing about your experiences with AC Hotels. Was I just being too picky or did my experience mirror yours?