After being told countless times how small and dirty New York hotels can be, I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the rooms at the Element. They are well-above average for size and are more like a serviced apartment than a hotel fit out (they have a microwave, cooktop, full size fridge, however unfortunately no washing machine!).
It is an interesting concept; some fittings and furnishing are incredibly Westin (such as the Heavenly Bed) however other parts of the hotel seem a bit amateur and half-finished (loose facets in the bathroom and uneven paint in certain places).
The hotel also provides free breakfast each morning with standard watered down American coffee, bagels, burgers and wraps. Some healthier options (!!) such as yogurt and fruit are also available. One of the best aspects of this hotel is the self-service refreshment bar next to the front entrance that is available all day. Whenever you make a pit-stop to the hotel throughout the day you can quickly grab a glass of water (with orange!), tea or coffee (although the tea and coffee were available intermittently).
Element by Westin is a great, good-value concept hotel, however aside from supplying the 'Heavenly Bed's I don't understand what Westin has to do with this hotel. It is definitely not a Westin property and seems like Starwood has formed a bit of a habit of leveraging smaller chains and spin-off hotels from their bigger well-known brands (Four Points by Sheraton and A Loft by W). I
- 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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- Element New York Times Square West Hotel New York City