My best friend and I drove to the Element from St. Petersburg for a one night pre-cruise stay. The hotel is being targeted toward Millennial age travelers - lots of green/sustainable features, and decor very IKEA-like (in the words of my best friend!). The room itself was fantastic - very open and spacious, huge bathroom with a large glass enclosed shower, premium bedding linens, complete kitchen, large flat screen TV, and free high speed Internet. We had a 4th floor room facing downtown, and had an incredible view of 10+ fireworks displays in the area (we stayed on July 4th). And for its proximity to the airport, it was very quiet. The free breakfast had some nice options you don't normally see - meat and meatless egg tortilla wraps, fruit & yogurt parfaits - but don't oversleep because they start dissembling stuff well before the stated end time for breakfast.
However, the hotel is located in an industrial area, and there is absolutely nothing within walking distance. This wasn't an issue for us since we had use of a car, but it definitely isn't a convenient hotel to the port. We had a park & cruise package (rate includes free parking during our stay & cruise and shuttle to the port), so we left her car at the hotel, and took the hotel shuttle to the port. Hotel parking lot is gated and well lit so my friend felt very comfortable leaving her car there.
When we checked out we asked to split the hotel charges - half on my credit card, half on my friend's. When she got home, she discovered the hotel had charged her card for both amounts.
Upon our return from the cruise, we took a cab back to the hotel which cost just under $24.
If you find yourself here on July 4th be sure to ask for a high floor room facing toward downtown so...
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