If thriving culture and modern comfort hold equal appeal, consider staying at the bright new Aloft Harlem. Right outside, you’ll find fantastic dining and nightlife, so you can experience Harlem’s latest renaissance firsthand. The legendary Apollo Theater, which launched the careers of stars like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and James Brown, is just around the corner. In the mood for succulent soul food? Walk 5 minutes to Mobay Uptown Restaurant & BBQ, which also hosts headlining jazz, reggae, and gospel. If you’re crazy about jazz, take a 5-minute cab ride to the Smoke Jazz Club, a living-roomy venue reminiscent of earlier-era clubs. Other top destinations are within easy reach: You’re a 10-minute walk to Columbia University, a mile from lush Central Park, and steps from a subway station that gets you to Midtown in minutes. Cap off the night in Aloft’s hopping bar, w xyz. Sip martinis, mix, and mingle–or play pool in the lower-level lounge, re:mix. Or you can skip the drinks and head straight to the fitness center, re:charge, then refuel at the snack bar both are open 24 hours. (You can also hit up the snack for a la carte breakfast items, served each morning for a surcharge.) Traveling on business? Use of the 24-hour business center, including copying and printing, is complimentary. And even better: Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. If you’re looking for sightseeing suggestions, the friendly front-desk staff can offer some tips about the neighborhood and beyond. When you’re ready to settle in, you’ll appreciate your smoke-free guestroom, outfitted in a hip, contemporary style that’s big on convenience, too. Each features a platform bed with a pillowtop mattress and plenty of plump pillows. A plug-and-play connectivity panel charges all your electronics and links to the 42-inch LCD TV to maximize work and play. Complimentary wired (high-speed) Internet access is available in addition to the complimentary Wi-Fi. Refresh with Bliss® spa amenities before heading out for a day in the Big Apple.