We chose to stay here for 2 nights to attend a friend's wedding that was about 30 minutes away (for NJ standards, pretty close in driving distance), and after reading about this brand's "eco-friendly" statement. We love the modern feel of this place, but it does have a contemporary flair as well.
The location of the hotel is near a small county airport and industrial business parks, but don't let that deter you from staying here. We were absolutely impressed that we heard no airplane noise! The only downfall to this hotel is that there aren't any restaurants within walking distance.
We were going to arrive before the standard check-in time (3pm), so I informed the front desk about our arrival time. I appreciated the friendly nature of the lady to assist us in our request. She had informed me in advance that we would get our desired room, but that if things had changed, we'd only be moved to another floor temporarily until our desired room became available.
Once we arrived, we were welcomed by a charming and cozy lobby. The floor plan of the lobby is an open one, and the rest of the hotel seamlessly follows a similar feel. The hallway leading to our room had dark cherry walls and on each door, instead of using a paper hang "Do Not Disturb" tag, each one is laminated with a magnetic backing. You simply place the tag on the magnetic strip located in the front of the door. I had never seen this before, so it was pretty cool to me. We opened the door and saw a window straight in front of us with closet and drawer space directly to the right. The bathroom is to the left and the open floor plan was airy and spacious. The green, gray, and brown color scheme is easy on the eyes and gives a tranquil feeling. We couldn't wait to jump onto the bed; it was so inviting! We definitely slept well each night we were there, didn't even want to get up. :)
The shower was nice and had an adjustable wand with 2 water pressure modes. The rain shower overhead was soothing, but if you're looking for strong water pressure, you won't find it here. I think the strongest water pressure was when you used the hand wand. Attached to the wall there was also two soap and shampoo dispensers. The scents were nice and not overly drying, so points on that.
Kitchen was a good size with everything you could possibly need: water filter, pots and pans, utensils, bowls, plates, a cook top, full size refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave. If we were to stay here longer, we would have definitely utilized the kitchen more and made some meals in our room.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable stay. There aren't a ton of Element brand hotels around the US, so if you happen to be in the vicinity of one, I would definitely recommend staying here. We paid $79/night with AAA discount for our Studio King Suite, and it was really worth every penny. They offer complimentary wi-fi, breakfast, and parking. This is definitely becoming one of my favorites from the Starwood Hotels family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Element Ewing Princeton is near central NJ destinations like Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson, and Sesame Place. Our eco-friendly hotel has guest rooms with full kitchens and 2,100sq ft of event space ... more less
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