Element by Weston was a great NYC hotel choice. I chose it from the reviews on Trip Advisor and for the value for $. It offered free Wifi and breakfast. I booked a double room for 4 of us (kids 10 and 19).
What we found did not disappoint. It is not new but it is tasteful, modern, eco-friendly and it was CLEAN! Our double room was bigger than many other NYC hotels I've stayed in. The shower was wonderful and the bathroom not a bad size for NYC. The beds are extremely comfortable. Free bottled water when you're heading out. Filtered water and efficiency kitchenettes in the room (including microwave, full fridge, stove and some dishes/cutlery, etc.). Smart in-room storage. Complimentary Manager's reception including wine, beer and snacks (both hot and cold) from 5:30PM - 7:00PM Mon-Thurs. The breakfast offered standard fare with the addition of breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and smoothies. Others said the breakfast room was crowded and it was but there was ample seating a few steps away in the lobby and the sofa's had small tables on them. This is a rare freebie in NYC hotels and even if you just grabbed something to get you on your way to early line ups for attractions it was extremely well done and appreciated. The Wifi is a bit slow but free in room and lobby. You can't watch TV but you can do web searches, email and text just fine.
The service was EXCEPTIONAL - Samantha at the front desk was FANTASTIC! She went out of our way to make our stay a great one. She also graduated from Trainee during our visit and we're happy for her - she earned it! Everyone we met from the Manager to the concierge and all of the staff were friendly and efficient. The elevators will drive you crazy but they said the company was coming to look at ways to make them better next week and this did not impact our holiday.
There is a small but nice rooftop patio where you have beautiful day and night views of the city including the Chrysler Building and Hudson River. You can take your free drinks up there and enjoy the views and get some great photos.
Location is around the corner from Carlo's Bakery Store which, contrary to what I expected, had delicious fare if you got there early enough to avoid the line up. It's about a 5-10 minute walk to Times Square depending on how fast you are. We took 5 minutes with a 10yr old. Parking is conveniently across the street. Make sure you leave about 20 minutes to get your car at the end of your stay though. It's not run by the hotel but they validate so you get a better rate.
The service is the real star here. At Element by Weston the staff made us feel welcome and went out of their way to ensure we had a good experience. I travel to NYC for both business and pleasure and have stayed at Essex House, Marriott Marquee, Royalton and Edison. Element was perfect for a budget-friendly family getaway. Big value for the price.
- 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