The second of three @SPG hotels we stayed at while in New York was the Element Times Square West. I had never even heard of the Element before I found availability on this trip. The Element by Westin is designed to be environmentally friendly (even built in an eco-friendly way).
For some reason, I didn't take a single picture of this property, so this will be a pretty light review. I was quite impressed with the design. I thought the hotel looked great - it didn't feel as luxurious as a W or a St. Regis, but it was clean and the rooms were quite large.
Our room on the 34th floor had a very large main room with a kitchenette and a very nice bathroom. This space would have been nice for an extended stay option, but when staying in Manhattan, I don't want to cook, I want to go out an enjoy all the great restaurants.
The best part about the Element? The service. Every single person I encountered had a huge smile on their face and were very welcoming. The woman who was working check-in when I arrived was so proud of her hotel. She had worked there for 6 months and she wanted me to know how great this space was. She thanked me for my loyalty, explained all the amenities, gave me recommendations on the fastest way to make it to the Subway.
I really wish I'd have taken photos of this hotel, because I did think it was pretty cool. Check out the professional photos on the hotel website. It's definitely nothing fancy and the Times Square West location leaves a lot to be desired. The area is an awful tourist trap full of bad suburban style restaurants -- but it is close to the subway so you can get anywhere in the City in a matter of minutes.
Would I stay at the Element Times Square West? Yes - probably. Again, all depending on price. I wouldn't think twice about staying at another Element property elsewhere in the US. It's a fun concept and if the service is as good at the other properties you need to visit. I really don't dig the Times Square area in Manhattan.
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