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Element Miami International Airport
Ranked #29 of 124 Hotels in Miami
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Whitby, ON
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Gated hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

Excellent experience@ this hotel. We found it via priceline. The staff and General Manager, went above and beyond to make our experience great, for our one night stay before we flew back to Canada the next day.
Initially the gates made me wonder but great hotel. So many little touches, i.e. latte machine, fire pit outside, amazing gym and large pool.
We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Room 123 was very nice but the hall door slammed loudly throughout the night. The only thing I didn...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Arlington, Virginia
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

I booked this hotel with points due to my overnight stay before flying out the next day. Overall, it was great but there are a few things I felt could have been nicer:

Pros:
Shuttle service to and from the airport
Breakfast included
Cleanliness
Outdoor pool
Small kitchen area so you can cook
Newer look and feel with modern amenities

Cons:
No restaurant so you will need to order delivery or have the shuttle service take you somewhere
No bar
Located in an area that looks like a warehouse

Bottom line:
For a short overnight stay, this is great but definitely eat before you get to the hotel as there is no food except snacks at the hotel. For a longer stay, rent a car or go somewhere further away from the airport.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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53 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

Spent the night prior to early flight next morning. Only 5 minutes to airport. Staff was courteous, informative and helpful. Breakfast was complete with fresh fruits and berries, delicious coffee. Room was clean, bed comfortable, and had a kitchen with full size refrigerator, two burners and dishes. Large pool, and pleasant outdoor eating area. Lobby was comfortable with sofas and chairs facing a wall of windows .

Room Tip: As close to the airport as it is, this hotel has excellent sound proofing. We were on the 4th floor...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Puerto Rico
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Greetings all:

I had the opportunity to stay at the Element Westin Miami International Airport. Somewhat disappointed althought the hotel just opened its doors two months ago. I was picked up by the shuttle which was pretty quick since the hotel is only five minutes away from the airport. However, after the driver received a call from either a manager or a supervisor from the hotel who was at a local restaurant, the driver decided to deviate from its route to pick up this person placing me and others at an inconvenience. It added another 15 minutes to the route.

When I checked in, the guess service person doesn't provide information related to the hotel services unless you ask. He only ask for my credit card, ID and send me on my way. The hotel doesn't have a restaurant, bar or a lounge, so unless you carry a bag full of spoil food after a long trip, you will go to sleep hungry; especially if you get in late like me at 10:00 pm . The hotel offers shuttle service to local restaurants, but who wants to go out after a tiring long trip.

I had a studio for a room which was very nice and clean, refrigerator, microwave, stove, dish washer, plates, pots and pans, etc. Doesn't fit my needs. I also had free wireless internet which was a plus. The hotel is very clean don't get me wrong.

The hotel offers a full breakfast which is actually a continental breakfast. They add eggs and call it full breakfast. I didnt eat after observing a female touching the bread with her hands and placing it back. Not her fault because they didn't have prongs to pick up the bread, instead you had no choice but to use your hands.

Lastly, the gym like every Westin that I've stayed is average. All-In-All this hotel is great for families that are traveling and staying for a while and are willing to go grocery shopping and cooking inside the room. Not good for the daily traveler.

However, not having at least a bar to drink a beer or get something to eat after a long trip is a disappointment.

As an spg platinum I will avoid this hotel for future travels. To the hotel manager I can say to hook up with local restaurants and get menus to rooms with delivery options.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Washington, DC
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

Spent a night here after a cruise and before flying out. This is a brand new hotel and it shows in the attention to small details. I felt like this hotel incorporated the suggestions of a committee of road warriors. For example: multiple power ports, HDMI, USB, A/V and audio hook-ups; large walk in shower with rainwater shower head; large bathroom with plenty of room for personal toiletries; smart and well-laid out closets with iron and ironing board hidden within; and a superb bed. The suites have a very pleasant living room with large couch and flat screen t.v.'s. Book one of these for longer stays, and use the kitchen to refrigerate or cook food you might purchase from a local grocery store. Wi-fi is free throughout the hotel. While we rented a car to get around (and the MIA car rental terminal is about 2 minutes away), the hotel offers a complementary airport shuttle. Incredibly, while the airport is on the flight line of the airport, with blackout shades and curtains drawn, the sound and lightproofing are excellent. Congratulations, Element. You are my new MIA airport hotel, and compare very favorably with the other equally endowed but significantly more expensive alternatives like the Sofitel.

Room Tip: Pool-side rooms offer a better view. Ask for an upgrade to a suite if you can. Secured parking if...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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alfreton derby uk
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

Had 2 nights pre cruise and 2 nights..before we flew back to the uk ,,,,,,,,, a nice new modern hotel on its own in a industrial area no other hotels near by .. aircraft noise till about 11pm then quite till about 7am ... but no traffic noise nice and quiet .........all the staff were very nice .breakfast was just as good ........... pool was good sun on it most of the day ...if your flying from the uk and picking a rental car its only 3 right turns and 1/2 a mile or so no busy roads or freeways to the hotel same as the return 5 mins from the hotel and was checking in at the car rental .......... yes would stay again .....

Room Tip: less aircraft noise street side and floor 3 ... but a its a nice view lake side
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Chicago
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

Average not because it was al so-so, but because some parts were great and others were not.

The hotel is clearly new- so on the surface it looks very clean and crisp. The lobby has a the look of modern (northern) Europe- clean, simple lines, simple elegant colors. The rooms are well appointed, comfy bed, modern kitchenette, the good size bathroom (no bath).

As long as you didn't look to closely. But a more thoughtful look reveals less than perfect craftsmanship - tiles with grout not complete, paint drips on the carpet, messy silicone. Did that impact my stay? No. But it did tarnish the clean simple look they have tried so hard to create. In my mind, it was a hotel whose finishing touches were done at the last second and without care.

The staff was average (and I mean average). I was expecting the worst given the reviews here. But they have clearly heard the challenges and are working to correct them. I think the cleaning crew needs more training. The staff was nice, helpful, etc. I was recognized as a Starwood member. I think they have a way to go, but I wouldn't consider this a negative (as many of the other reviews had).

The van drivers were mostly great. 3 cheers for Orlando. He recommended and took us to a great restaurant (la rosa).

A huge plus is the "green" element- low flow faucets and showers, dual flush toilets, reusable things in the kitchen, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, etc.

A huge negative is the location. Close to the airport- yes. But with the crazy construction around the airport, we got so lost getting there. Getting anywhere requires taking a van- restaurant, grocery, pharmacy, etc. We knew this going in, but when we needed to go to the airport and the van took a long time to get back (from a trip to the pharmacy), I was hyper-aware of how close and yet how far away we were from the airport.

I'd stay here again because, it is average. The price is right. While I wasn't super impressed when I looked more closely at the hotel, I know that I'll get a consistent experience, and that is huge. Next time, I'll give myself more time to get to the airport.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Element Miami International Airport
Address: 3525 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33142-7698
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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 #29 of 124 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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