What's the deal with Element Hotels?

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  1. James K.

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    Hey there. Pardon my ignorance, and feel free to direct me to some relevant pre-existing thread.

    Anyhoo, I'm looking to make a leisure trip to Omaha and the Element Omaha seems very well-received. However, I'm more of a Hyatt/Hilton man and I don't know that much about the various Starwood Brands. To be honest, I'd never heard of Element.

    So before I decide where to stay, I'd like to know what their deal is, so to speak. What's their "bit?" Are they classy/cheap, do they offer free breakfast, are they well-regarded by SPG aficionados, etc. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    Never heard of it myself, but found some info here: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/element/about/index.html
     
  3. secretsea18
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    I stayed at the Element in NYC a month ago for two nights.

    The room was quite wonderful. Heavenly Bed, free internet and breakfast (although I did not get the breakfast).

    In addition, the room had a real kitchen with full size fridge, stove, microwave and mini dishwasher. There were all the dishes/pots and pans there too. Everything was in good condition, and the bathroom was quite nice as well.

    I somehow got a special Locals rate, and have been searching for the rate again, unsuccessfully. I would stay there again without hesitation.
     
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    From what I've read ... Element by Westin is sorta like a cheaper Westin but geared toward "eco-friendly" stuff. Recycled materials throughout etc etc.

    I've never stayed in one yet but that what I gather. It seems like SPG has a lower end tier for all their mainstreme brands, except St. Regis.

    Sheraton/4P by Sheraton
    W / Aloft
    Westin / Element
     
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    I recently stayed at the Element Miami. Like secreatsea18 said above, you get a kitchenette with dishes, microwave, fridge, Westin Heavenly Bed, free wi-fi throughout, free breakfast (which was ok: hot/cold breakfast bar, fruit, yogurt, coffee, juice, etc). I would stay there again with no qualms.
     
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    Sounds a bit like a Residence Inn.
     
  7. James K.

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    Alright thanks so much guys. I think I'm getting a handle on things now. I have to admit, the "green" factor doesn't matter to me at all, I'm just mulling the difference between a classy-looking local joint (The Magnolia) at 125$ and the Element at 99$.
     
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    I stayed at this hotel last year after it opened. It was quite nice.
     
  9. VeryGoodPoints

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    100 times nicer than any residence inn I've ever stayed at though.

    The other nice thing about the Element is the free happy hour for all guests. each hotel has a different theme, so not sure what that one will offer. But the one in NYC has an awesome happy hour with a little of everything and the one outside of Baltimore had a craft beer theme.
     
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    Residence Inn offers happy hour! ;) http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/marriott-rewards/701533-best-residence-inn-happy-hour.html

    Indeed, at least looking at the Element photos on the SPG website, the properties do look two notches above the dreaded RIs.
     
  11. James K.

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    I decided not to stay there after Hotels.com's 10% off credit came out, forcing my hand towards the Magnolia Hotel, but I appreciate all of you adding to my body of knowledge. Thanks guys
     
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    Lets see now Magnolia $125 -10% = $112.50, Element $99 + plus SPG points :confused:
     
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    How an eco friendly hotel can have a full size fridge in each room is still a bit of a challenge to my sense of sustainability.
     
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