This hotel is located south of Denver, very close to the intersection of I-25 toward Colorado Springs (the Lincoln Exit) and the #470 circumferal toll road toward the airport. Outside of rush hour, it is about 35 miles or 40 minutes to the airport, whether or not the toll road is taken, The hotel is surrounded by a few new small strip malls (not at all ugly looking), some new apartment buildings, and a major hospital complex. There is also a light rail station (service to Denver), but this would be a long walk. The hotel has free outdoor parking. As a Plat staying one night on a cheap rate (AAA, IIRC), I was initially offered a studio room and they when I asked about a suite, a very nice one on the fourth (top) floor was found and offered without argument. The standard Plat amenity of points was offered too. I was very favorably impressed by the staff, who told me that this property recently won an award in the Starwood system. IIRC, it was the third Element Hotel to open, about eighteen months ago. The lobby area is pleasant with gourmet coffee available (self-service) 24/7, a breakfast area, and a sunken area in front of a fireplace. One area reminded me of an aloft-style trendy bar, but there were no drinks on the Sunday evening I stayed. There is a business center with two PCs, a printer, and FedEx supplies. The front desk told me that their Wii system was broken. Behind the lobby is an attractive courtyard with seating, a fire pit, and a BBQ grill. There is an up-to-date health club (24/7) and a small indoor pool (7am-11pm daily) with salt water, which is supposedly better for the environment. I didn't try the pool as the water temperature was cooler than I prefer and the pool was not suited for swimming laps as there weren't good parallel walls for turns: one end had a curved area while the other had steps the entire width of the pool. There's a convenient mini-store with toiletry items and food, including frozen dinners to microwave, forzen pizza, snacks, candy, soft drinks, beer ($3 for Coors, $4 for imported bottles), and wine (IIRC, $16 for a 750 ml bottle of Parraduci) which seems to be open 24/7, although of course the possibility to sell alcohol would depend on state and local laws. The hotel also has a guest laundry room with fancy new equipment. As another guest pointed out to me, a convenient feature is that the machines have a digital display of minutes remaining to the end of the cycle. My suite was up-to-date and attractive in a style reminiscent of new Westins with light wood furniture (and lots of white built-ins) and green/tan/ivory colors. Windows had two sets of blinds, ivory mesh and white black-out fabric. Both the bedroom and living area were small, with large high-quality flat screen TVs; the living area also had a DVR. The desk (between kitchen and living area, with decent desk chair) had lots of outlets and a high tech feature to connect other devices to the TV which I did not explore. Living room furniture consisted of a square coffee table and a large L-shaped modern sectional that I did not find at all comfortable for sitting, but it would have been a nice stop for a nap. The bedroom wasn't much larger than the king sized bed and small end tables. The TV was recessed in the wall and there were built-in storage units. The room had all the components of the standard Westin Heavenly Bed. A lot of space (open floor plan except for the bathroom and bedroom, which were completely separate rooms with doors) seemed to be wasted in the entry area which served as a hallway to the bathroom and bedroom. There was a storage area (with iron and ironing board) built into the wall (no drawers anywhere except in the kitchen) that had a pull out (dining?) table and two backless stools, with two more stored in the living area. The kitchen was attractive, trendy, upscale, and relatively large, although it did not have granite countertops. They were off-white and might have been sealed and glazed concrete. The open shelves contained service for four with stylish while square plates and modern-design flatware. The pots, pans, and other cooking equipment looked shiny and relatively expensive. There was a built-in two-burner flat stovetop, the black glass kind, a build-in large and fancy microwave, a full-size dishwasher, and a two-door freezer-on-top refrigerator. Appliances were stainless steel, GE brand (Signature line?). Everything was clean. The bathroom was white and attractive in a modern and almost industrial way. It was clean but not luxurious. There was only a shower, no bathtub, although the shower had a rain shower and also a handheld spray option. I was surprised to see metal frames on the glass shower door. Moreover, and this is my biggest criticism of the property--the floor unit of the shower looked cheap and school-gym-like. It seemed to be molded plastic and was already starting to discolor slightly. There was a hair dryer and three sets of towels, but no large Westin bath sheet and no bathrobe were provided. My other criticism, which was not the hotel's fault, was that breakfast was very noisy at about 8:30 am Monday morning with badly behaved children running around and making a lot of noise. Breakfast was a hot (scrambled eggs was all I noticed) and cold buffet. The croissants were huge and decent, but not great. Overall, I like this hotel very much. It gave me a very favorable impression of the Element brand, either for brief "normal" hotel stays or for longer stays as is the purpose of extended stay properties. However, be aware that there is no on-site restaurant, only nice appetizers and drinks Monday through Thursday evenings.