On the plus side: this is a green hotel and the lighting, fixtures, bathroom products, etc. are all nicely thought out and good quality. The breakfast is good. There is a complete little kitchenette in the room with microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator and two burner stovetop.
There is free internet, a fitness center and computer center - - there is potential for this place to be better when completed and better organized......
BUT on the minus side: where to begin....noise in the hallway that seemed to be coming from workmen who were working on the constantly broken elevators. Rooms are poorly insulated for sound. There were long waits to get upstairs, a poorly designed entryway to the hotel where there were always lines of people waiting impatiently to check in, unfinished-looking lobby.
The room had a very annoying heating/cooling unit. It was cold outside but first we could only get cold air and then when it finally got warm (after they may have replaced the unit for us while we were out) it would start pumping out COLD air as soon as it reached the temp it was set to. It seemed to be impossible to get to a comfortable temperature. The unit is right next to the bed and very noisy, with the dry air flowing right at you while you try to sleep.
Maybe even MORE annoying, you can't sit up in bed and watch tv or read (and there's really no place else to sit because the small couch faces the bed and not the tv) because there is a huge gap at the head of the bed into which your pillows fall.
- 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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