Karissa: It’s Elemental

Hello, My name is Karissa.  I have  a long history with New York Guest having first started several years ago as a New York Guest Concierge assisting guests staying in our partner hotels. These days,  I put my skills to use working on the Hotel Reservations team. Part of my job is to visit the hotels we offer to make sure they are up to our standards.  With so many new hotels being built in New York City (nearly 50 in 2010!), it’s important that we have a deep understanding of the differences between various properties so we can best advise our clients on where to stay. This is one of the biggest reasons people book their New York travel with New York Guest. We take the time to really understand our clients and the many options available to them.

Just the other night I went to visit the Element Hotel by Westin located in the Times Square area on 39th Street. The hotel has an excellent location– close to all the action in Times Square.  Once I walked into the lobby of the Element Hotel, I immediately felt very at home. The décor is very welcoming and the colors are relaxing shades of browns and tans. There is ample seating in the lobby with chairs and couches. Towards the back of the lobby there is a small business center which has both Mac and PC computers which is very convenient for all computer savvy guests! Also in the rear lobby there are more couches and chairs for relaxing at night with your friends or enjoying the complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.

I had the chance to see two of their room types. First, the first was the Standard King Room which I found to be very spacious in comparison to many other NYC hotel rooms I have seen.  All rooms include a small kitchen with a full refrigerator, two-burner stove, a dishwasher and a desk.  Next I checked out a Studio King Room which has the same basic set up but was much larger. Here are a few photos I took in the rooms:

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The lower floor of the Element Hotel features two small meeting rooms, one which can accommodate up to 10 and the other about 15 to 20 people. Also on the same floor there is a nice size gym which had plenty of machines, both cardio and weight machines. Then there was something truly unexpected:  a laundry room including two machines for only $1.50 a load – a steal in New York if you ask me!

I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in the Times Square Area! It’s a great location, brand new hotel and eco friendly. When reviewing new hotels I always ask myself: would I want to stay here? With the Element hotel by Times Square the answer is very clear…absolutely!

You can book your next New York stay at the Element Hotel by simply following this link: http://travel.newyorkguest.com/Hotels/Element-New-York-Hotel

Last night I went to visit the Element Hotel by Westin located on the outskirts of Times Square, which is just a short 5 minute walk from the Times Square Subway Station. Once I walked into the lobby I immediately felt very at home, the décor is very welcoming and the colors are relaxing shades of browns and tans. There is ample seating in the lobby with chairs and couches. Towards the back of the lobby there is a small business center which has both Mac and PC computers which is very convenient for all computer savy guests! Also in the rear lobby there are more couches and chairs for relaxing at night with your friends or enjoying the complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.

After taking the elevator to the 40th floor I saw two of their rooms, the first was there Standard King Room. This room was very spacious and had a small kitchen with a full refrigerator, two burner stove, a dishwasher and a full desk! To top it off it had an amazing view of the city which included the Empire State Building! Next we went to a Studio King room which followed the same set up but was much larger also with a city view but facing Times Square. Either way the views from the higher floors of this hotel were amazing!

In the basement of the hotel they feature 2 small meeting rooms one which can accommodate up to 10 and the other about 15 or more people. Also on the same floor there is a nice size gym which had plenty of machines both cardio and weight machines. Lastly in the basement was a small laundry room including 2 small machines for only $1.50 a load – a steal in New York if you ask me!

Although this hotel only features King size beds I would recommend it to anyone looking to stay in Times Square, or looking for a weekend away from the kids! It’s a great location, brand new hotel and eco friendly.

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