As part of a work training, I stayed at the Element at the end of January 2014. The stay was extremely comfortable.
I arrived at the Element around 5 pm on a Sunday and was checked in by two very efficient front desk staff. The dolley next to the front desk was much better than the rickety old dolleys you see in old hotels and I was able to get my luggage to my room in a few minutes. My room was in the third floor overlooking the parking lot next to the Subway nearby. The view itself was not that great but that is only to be expected from a hotel so close to the highways and the airport. I did not hear any road noises in the room though.
The room was extremely comfortable, functional and equipped for long stays for families. There were plenty of storage space and shelves for a week worth of clothes for my family, who were going to visit me at the end of the week. There was a kitchen area with plenty of plates, silver, pans and dish cleaning supplies. There were stoves as well to make food plus a microwave. The fridge was full size (or close to it). They had a coffee maker as well, that broke in the middle of my stay. I just posted a note for them to replace it and they did it promptly at the next room cleaning. There were lounge sofas opposite to the bed and a desk with storage space for your electrical accessories. There was free wifi, which was pretty strong. The wired ethernet connection was not very operational since the plug kept falling from my computer. The bed was comfortable to sleep on. The bathroom was very modern and I loved the shower. The one thing they could improve upon is the detergent and shampoo dispensers in the shower. The shampoo dispenser would dispense shampoo long after I had used it and that made the area around the dispenser very slippery. Other than that the shower was really good. The toilet seat did seem old and rough. Maybe that can be changed more frequently as well. Other than that the room was perfect for a long stay with families.
Breakfast and evening drinks:
The breakfast was pretty good as well. I'm a vegetarian and so didnt sample the full fare but saw that they had different offerings every day. I loved their smoothies and wish they weren't served in the shot glasses but in a bigger container. Their potatoes were great and the eggs decent. Sometimes they has fruit assortment and sometimes only whole fruits. The one suggestion I have is the salt and pepper dispensers. Though they were nice, it would've been better to have salt and pepper packets since you have to place your plate in the middle of the table to be able to use them while people are milling around.
The evening drinks were a great idea. Since I wasn't much of a drinker, I just sampled their beer and it was pretty good. They had a lot of snack assortments and salads as well. It was a wonderful touch!
I worked out in the gym a few times during my stay and found it very functional, nice and well kept with enough towels, cleaning supplies and water. There were weights and cardio equipments and was nice and comfortable.
I saw that they had a guest laundry as well but didnt use it. Just the fact that they had one, is a big plus for families that travel with young kids.
Parking was also very easy to find. I saw that they had frequent shuttles to the airport, but since I didn't use them, I couldn't comment much on them.
There was a small shopping mall right next to the hotel with a Subway, an Indian restaurant and a Mexican place plus some other restaurants. There was also a McDonald's at the entrance to the hotel. There were several gas stations next to the hotel and within a 5 mile radius there were several restaurants and big chains like target.
I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. The staff were very friendly and professional. The check-in and check-out was quick and the hotel room itself was awesome. I would definitely stay here if I'm in this area.
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