I grew up in NYC, & now live in San Francisco. This was my partner's first time visiting New York, & I wanted a place to stay that put us in "the heart of it all" & would be a convenient base for us. I have to say the Element surpassed our expectations in a number of ways. First, the Element is TRULY pet-friendly! In Manhattan, this is QUITE a rarity! Most hotels charge an arm and a leg for pets, & treat the owners as if they are committing a crime by bringing their pets on vacation with them. NOT the Element! Truly pet friendly, staff was nice towards our dogs, the dogs were permitted up on the roof deck, and in general, they were treated well. Overall, Element also earned exceptional marks from us in regards to the happy hour and expansive breakfast offerings, not many places in NYC do that without adding charges, and we were EXTREMELY impressed by that. The elevator wait times that everyone is complaining about are somewhat true, but I solved that dilemma the second day I was there. If you press both the up and down buttons at the SAME time, you will get an elevator faster. Law of averages. Downsides: not many actually. I did get a little tired of dodging Europeans at breakfast by the third or fourth day, but being a native New Yorker, I guess was used to it. Our room on the 36th floor had a BREATHTAKING view of the Empire State building, and all the staff were very friendly and gracious. We had an amazing stay, and we WILL be back and we WILL stay at the Element. You have earned my loyalty as a traveler. Not easy to do. This review is re-edited because my original review was cut off and I wanted to express in full just how nice and pleasant we found our stay here. Definitely NOT just another chain hotel! Thank you.
- 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