����UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Visitors walk toward the Aloft hotel, top photo, during a tour of the structure Thursday in Tempe. At bottom, Assistant superintendent Mike Miner shows a room to city employees Michael Martin, right, and DeeDee Kimbrell during a tour inside. The five-story, 136-room Aloft is expected to open in early 2009, the first new hotel built in the city in a decade. Aloft features loft-inspired guest rooms with such signature items as lots of wood decor, platform beds, oversized showers and cutting-edge technology. The hotel's living room-coffeehouse-style lobby by day is designed to become a buzzing bar scene at night. The Tempe site, near Scottsdale Road and Loop 202, is the first of four Valley Aloft hotels slated to open in 2009. A Phoenix hotel at 44th and Washington streets is scheduled to open in March, a Chandler version is pegged for a Sept. 1, 2009, debut and a Glendale hotel is expected to open in June.
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