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“Met all expectations” 4 of 5 stars
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Element Miami International Airport
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3525 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33142   |  
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New York City, New York
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75 hotel reviews
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“Met all expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We stayed for the night because we had a short stopover in Miami en route to Latin America, and we were content. The hotel is brand new, so everything is in excellent condition. We were upgraded since we are spg guests, which meant we also got a living room and kitchen. Our bed was very comfortable, the bathroom had everything we needed and was spotlessly clean, and breakfast was set up for travelers on the go, and they were welcoming to our dog. Given the price and that we had less than 12 hours in miami, we have absolutely no complaints.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Naples, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

This hotel is right in the middel between the airport and the port (7miles). It is well appointed like brand new too!. The room I had was like a mini condo. It had a full kitchen, appliances, a seperate sitting area, wrok station, seperate master suite and a beautiful bathroom. This room was GREAT!! the one thing about this hotel is that you cant walk anywhere from here, seriously there is nothing around it except an industrial park. The upside to that though is they have free shuttles to the bars, grocerie stores, resteraunts, everywere you need to go and it's 24/7. They have a free breakfast here with sausage, eggs, pancakes, specialty coffee really a nice spread. I HIGHLY reccomend this hotel!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Getting there:

The hotel is pretty much hidden in a street adjacent to South River Dr., just east of Miami International Airport. Parking is $9 per day and there's plenty of spaces. The hotel also offers something unique, which is special rates for guests cruising out of the port of Miami, where they will include one-way transportation to the port and included parking at the hotel for up to 7 nights, so you can leave your car at the hotel and not have to pay the exorbitant port parking fees. The hotel also has free breakfast and free high-speed internet, and they were both very good.

Check-in:

The check-in process was simple and quick, and the staff was very friendly and had very good room suggestions when I asked them which one I should get. The lobby is well lit, very modern, with plenty of couches, modern chairs and meeting tables, a big screen TV, and a view to the pool. There is a small market where you can buy snacks and drinks for the room. The fitness center is near the lobby, and it had plenty of equipment and lots of space.

The Room:

We were shocked to walk into such a great, fancy and clean room for only 3,000 SPG points. The room was actually a one-bedroom suite. It was very modern and it had a fully-equipped kitchen, two TVs, large fridge, dishes and silverware, cooking utensils, dishwasher and all other necessities. It also had a working desk, and a folding 4-person dining-room table with 4 neat ottoman-like chairs. The bathroom and the glass-door shower were huge. The best part: The windows were sound-proof, so even with planes taking off nearby, we couldn't hear them!

The next morning we woke up at 9:30 a.m. and went straight for breakfast as the cutoff was 10:00 a.m. I had asked for late check out just to enjoy the hotel a couple of more hours and we just stayed in the room until 1:30 p.m. On the way out we visited the pool, which was spacious and quiet, and the fitness room.

Overall impression:

The only issue is location, as it is an industrial area which is deserted and dark at night, so you will need a car, the shuttle, or a cab. During the day is fine to walk to nearby LeJeune Rd. Great option when visiting Miami. Nearby Metrorail station for public transportation. By taking advantage of SPG's 5th night free promotion, anyone visiting Miami can stay at this hotel for 5 nights for a total of only 12,000 SPG points. With free airport shuttle, internet and breakfast, plus fully-equipped kitchens so you can save some money on food, it just doesn't get any better than this when you're traveling on a budget.

Room Tip: Face the north side, away from planes taking off and landing. North side also faces the pool. Better...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Surrey, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Stayed here before and after cruise. So convenient to airport and included shuttle service ( which took a little longer than desired but efficient none the less). Priced very favorably and continental breakfast has many more items than expected. Room size and design very modern and includes impressive kitchen facilities. Outdoor heated pool and adjacent shower very clean and conducive to sunbathing. One drawback is location which seems distant from shops or restaurant facilities. However, for our purpose everything was great. And last but not least...the courteous, helpful assistance of staff was very notable. This especially when we returned home and thought we had left our camera in the suite. The front desk personnel was gracious and quick to inquire into lost and found and the head of housekeeping promptly returned my phone call. Would gladly stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This is an ultra modern hotel, ikea feel to it. Clean with excellent staff and one awesome 24 hour coffee station. Let me tell you I got my money's worth out of the cafe latte as they were the best I've had and I had a lot of them there too. Great shuttle service but DON'T us it to go to he Kmart plaza as it was not a great area. The rooms, shower and bed were awesome but get the rooms in the back as the view is great. The breakfast was more then we thought it would be, healthy and diverse. The location was the only issue I had, nothing close to walk to and the area did not feel that great to walk in.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Loved the one bedroom suite, full kitchen rocked, everything else not so much. Location stinks, nothing around, scared to go out at night, industrial location in front of hotel. Looks like a horror film. No bar, no restaurant. Free breakfast a plus but food was always cold, finally got the idea to take plate back to room & warm up in microwave. $28 each way from hotel to South Beach. Front desk checked us out a day earlier than we were supposed to & deactivated our room keys even though we had a reservation to back it up. Incompetent front desk. Nice gym & pool. Planes sounded and appeared so close, looked like they were going to land on the roof. Hotel not sound proof at all. U hear every plane, I could almost see what each plane was serving for breakfast/dinner. Not sure if I would stay here again or if I would try a different hotel closer to South Beach. If ur not using ur Starwood points I would not recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 3525 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33142
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #26 of 129 Hotels in Miami
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Element Miami International Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 209
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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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