I stayed at the Element Miami for a full week in March 2012. The hotel is brand new and they were still working on the finishing touches on the property. The Element concept consists of being energy efficient, modern, and simple. This is a mid priced hotel chain that offers a kitchenette in each room, free internet, free parking, and a free breakfast in the morning.
As an SPG platinum member I was upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite which was great perk and gave me more than enough room to feel comfortable for the week. Everything worked great in my room and I very much enjoyed the breakfast selection each morning. I also thought the fitness center was very well equipped.
The hotel is located directly in the path of one of the runways with planes continuously flying overhead. The amount of noise in my suite was minimal, but could still be heard. The staff was obviously very new and still learning on the job as any 'out of the ordinary' request seemed to stump them. I also tried calling down to the front desk on a couple occasions only to have my call go unanswered. My biggest complaint would be the excessive number of false fire alarms that woke me up throughout the week. I was jolted out of bed 4 different times by fire alarms (including one at 4am). I can forgive 1 fire alarm, but 4 in one week tells me there is a problem with the alarm system. The neighborhood surrounding the hotel is frightening and you would never want to walk out of the gated area. There is a shuttle van that will take you to the airport or to a nearby restaurant, but without a car you will feel very trapped. I would reccomend this hotel if you can get a great rate and are looking for a quick place to crash. There are many hotel choices near the Miami airport, so this property will really need to step it up if they wish to attract return customers.
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- Located just outside of Miami International Airport on picturesque Lake Palmer, we offer all of the amenities you need to thrive on long stays. ... more less
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