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“Modern in an odd location” 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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Ranked #18 of 110 Hotels in Miami
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fremont, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Modern in an odd location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I stayed here on a recent trip to Miami, and overall I'd probably stay again if I had an early morning flight. As the name says, it's very close to the airport, which means it's not particularly convenient to downtown. It also happens to be in a strange location, I couldn't tell if it was industrial or just not built up, but the neighborhood was unusual. The hotel also had a security gate going all the way around it...extra precaution or unsafe area? Not sure. One you're inside, the rooms are great, quiet, modern and well lit. The staff was all very friendly, and the shuttle was handy to save on taxi costs.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    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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Kansas City, MO
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37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The industrial, spared down feel of this hotel reminds me of a dorm room with cheap furniture, modular seating and Formica cabinets. The carpets in the hallways and the furniture in the rooms seem stained and beat up.. There is nothing comfy about it. There is no restaurant on site or close by so we ordered pizza. Kind of strange that the pizza was delivered to our room instead of calling from the lobby. Doesn't seem very safe to have delivery people wandering the halls. It is convenient to the airport but in a very seedy neighborhood. The outside pool area is nice and the front desk crew were very kind and efficient. If you need to stay by the airport for an early morning flight, this might work for you but don't expect much.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed March 2013 for six nights in a shopping and leisure trip. We found it out a better hotel than expected, first time in an Element. We liked the green concept without compromising the comfort and functionality. Our room was not a special one; however it was really large for its class. We opted for a queen bed (in fact it was king) with an additional queen sofa bed, very convenient for us as a couple; it functioned like a living room next to the bed. Full kitchen with a big refrigerator. Small office desk with an electronic station to connect all your devices including video and audio interfaces; the really high-speed wireless Internet access worked well all the time, so I only used the outlet to power my laptop (see photo). The hotel is nearby the airport, the planes fly very close to the ground for landing or take off, however never heard them when in the room: fantastic! The hotel does not offer restaurant service (not a problem to us), instead we get a free shuttle service with very kind drivers. Complimentary hot breakfast (boring if you stay many days like us, little variations), complimentary light evening dinner with a beer or cup of wine, of course there is also coffee, tea, water. Good beds, clean and nice bed cloths, kind and helpful service from staff. What else?... of course, will come back for a trip like this one. Recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Would like to fully review this hotel, but unfortunately, after reserving a room two weeks in advance, and guaranteeing the room for late arrival, we were informed they had overbooked and would have to move us. This was the final insult for my family travelling on vacation after a 40 minute curb side wait for the Element shuttle the hotel had promised would materialize in 3 minutes. Another aggravating 15 minute wait in the lobby when they decided they wouldn't honour the guaranteed reservation, followed by 30 minutes in a grubby taxi to a distant hotel.
This staff at the hotel are clearly overwhelmed at the moment, and you will experience the lack of clarity or professionalism should you decide to stay here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Complimentary shuttle, complimentary light dinner, complimentary hot breakfast. How can you go wrong?? Went to dinner at Rosa'a II cuban fare- as suggested by front desk, took the shuttle. Great food! Clean, modern room with a full kitchen and plenty of room. Good beds- great service from staff. Stayed only one night on a stopover to Aruba. Will definitely come back.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Key West, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Went to Miami for a lacrosse tournament. Lots here to entertain 3 teenage boys. Breakfast was decent. Lots of choices. The airport shuttle is convenient. The items in the pantry are very expensive-pay for convenience. The beds are Westin Heavenly Beds and you don't want to get up in the morning. There should be free parking but they charge $9 per day.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Silver Spring, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Normally I love the Element brand. The rooms are very functional for the business traveler and I love their modern, green sensibility. Best idea EVER not to have carpet in hotel rooms - seriously, even in the high end hotels the carpet gets nasty pretty fast even with immaculate cleaning.

So this Element has all the brand characteristics: great room design, comfortable lobby and beds, good work station. I had a small suite with a full service kitchen in my room which was a nice feature. The staff was helpful and polite. The rooms and facility very clean.

But the location is not great. It is right near the airport, so convenient from that respect. But of course that also means airplanes landing immediately overhead every 5 minutes. And then again. And then again. Downtown Miami off-peak was about 15-20 minutes. Coral Gables was about 30 minutes.

It is also a little hard to find (although GPS was spot on) as it is in along an industrial road that is deserted. I was glad that when I checked in it was light so that when I came back to the hotel in the dark I was familiar with where I was going. Looking for dinner nearby? Better be willing to go several miles. There is NOTHING within 2 miles except fast food along seen-better-days commercial strips. The parking lot is locked and gated after dark leaving me to believe they have had security issues - I wouldn't leave anything in your car, but that is good practice anyway.

Bottom line? If you must be next to the airport the rates are affordable and the hotel rooms very functional. But I suspect that next time even though I love the Element brand and design I will look elsewhere. There are just too many choices, even just among the Starwood properties, to stay again.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 #18 of 110 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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