I found Element after a lot of searching. There are so many hotel in NYC and I knew what I wanted: convenient location (to work), an on-site gym and a fridge (since I'd be staying for a week).
The hotel is very central in the garment district which is unglamourous - close to Times Square, subway entrances and mainline train stations (Penn, Grand Central). The hotel itself is located on 39th street with not much around which keeps it quiet. The room was a good size by NYC standards and included a very comfy bed, kitchen area (fridge, dishwasher, sink, and accompanying dishes/cutlery), TV etc. The bathroom was bright with large shower and large re-fillable eco-sized shampoo and soap dispensers (to go with the eco theme of the hotel). Breakfast was free but I didn't use it once (it did look good as multiple guests seemed to grab some to take back to their rooms).
The gym had enough items to have a decent workout (benches, free weights, machine and cardio). They could add a multipurpose cable machine to compete the package. Service was fine but I only encountered it on check-in and out. Overall, a good find, comfortable, convenient and nice to have wifi and breakfast included in the rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Element New York times square west is an eco-friendly Manhattan boutique hotel near Times Square and Broadway. Our hotel has 2 meeting rooms, complimentary breakfast, free wifi, and a fitness center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Element New York Times Square West Hotel New York City