This was my 2nd stay at this Element location, and I continue to enjoy the place a lot. For the price, it's much more upscale, and throws in far more freebies, than I'd expect.
I really don't understand the complaints in other reviews-- for this price range, where are people finding things more upscale, more luxurious?
It's a very nice, comfy hotel, with a lot of freebies, and everything is high-quality. There's large, open public spaces to hang out in or work. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed like modern apartments. The beds and bedding are comfortable. There's a lot of green space on the property, including several sectioned off (low walls) bits of courtyard, a reasonably sized pool. The internet is fast, and they feed you for free 2x a day. The gym is usable.
Considering the price is the same as most other casual hotels in this range (think Courtyard or Hampton Inn or Aloft), what more do people expect??
Since my first visit when they first opened, they've added a "light dinner" service (free), which comes with a glass of wine for reach adult guest.
On this stay, we had just come from the Westin Fort Lauderdale (Westin is Element's "big brother"), and the Element's bed is just as comfortable (even more so) than the one we had slept in the 3 nights prior.
This hotel is a little bit "hard to find" (not the hotel's fault, the roads near MIA are badly laid out), all the more so because of construction going on that has closed parts of 25th. Follow the detour signs if you're driving yourself.
Quibbles and things to note:
* It's an airport hotel. That means planes fly overhead/nearby. It's loud, but not bad with the window closed.
* The kitchen is reasonably equipped, the equipment is good quality, the fridge is large. There's no oven.
* They recycle. This makes me happy.
* It's only a few minutes drive to Little Havana or to the interstate. The fast routes to the interstate are toll highways. It's easy to get to Miami Beach or Coral Gables from here.
* The parking security gates can be finicky (the card-reader on the left-hand in-bound gate).
* The outside window opens (yay, I *hate* hotels where you can't open the window), but only a few inches.
* I prefer the side with the pool (back, away from parking lot). If you're high-up, you get a view of the lake also.
* Ground-floor rooms in the wing near the breakfast area are subject to people's noisy children running up and down the hall. That's the parents' fault, not Element's, but worth noting to avoid this stretch if you like to sleep in.
* Heavy blind + light sham work well for either letting in daylight or making the room nice and dark.
* Wi-fi is fast (decent latency) and free. Free internet makes me happy, I hate the exorbitant prices big hotels charge.
* The flatscreen TV (swivel base) has a HDMI input, worked fine for plugging in a laptop and watching a movie.
* There's a brew-to-order coffee and espresso machine in the lobby, as well as water/tea/drip-coffee. I used the machine. A lot.
* Breakfast is substantial, notably better than Hampton Inn's. Real plates/mugs/glassware also.
* Quibble: The gym only has one recumbent bike. Otherwise, it's a smaller version of a Westin's gym.
* Quibble: They charge for parking, a pet peeve of mine.
* The light dinner is only a little better than a frozen dinner, but cmon, it's free, and it's not awful. A free glass of Cab was ok and made the food go down better. And some more coffee, of course.
If the airport location works for you, and this is your price range, it's a great hotel. Recommended.
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