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Inside the Guestrooms at the Element Times Square

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November 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

GUESS THE HOTEL REVEALED!

Wow. We threatened to take away the GTH privileges if no one commented on last week's guessing game and you guys came out in full force with your guesses! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Now, congrats to msnyela, Derek Spisak and andres ortacastro for correctly guessing the hotel that lets you socialize while you work as the brand-new Element Times Square.

The hotel stealthily opened early on Thursday, November 18 (we thought December 9 was the new date) but we were able to get a tour of the entire hotel last week from the general manager, Peter McNamee, and the director of sales, Jeffrey Reich-Hale.

There's actually quite a lot to see here so we are gonna break it down for you. Today, we'll go inside the guestrooms. Tomorrow, we'll see everything else.

We have to be upfront, we kinda have a major crush on the Element brand, thanks to a four-day stay at the Element Las Vegas last year where we had a spacious one-bedroom suite, glorious free WiFi and a scrumpdillyumptious free breakfast each morning. So we walked into the Element Times Square full of excitement. And predictably, since we're so high on Element, the place did not disappoint. Well, mostly.

The biggest difference between this Element and the others is the room size. The rooms here--both the standard and studio options--are much smaller than the ones in Vegas and probably smaller than the other Element hotels which are often found in secondary and tertiary markets across the U.S. and hence have more room to go around.

So while this Element is the first one to open in a major market (and NYC no less!) if you've stayed at other Elements elsewhere, just be prepared to come down in size a bit.

Yet both the standard and the studio suite rooms have king-sized beds and full kitchens complete with a microwave, a small stovetop, flatware, cookware and a large refrigerator. Need groceries? Just order delivery from the grocery service, FreshDirect or really, any other place in the city.

All the products inside the rooms are green and eco-friendly from the toiletry dispensers in the showers to the recycled paper towels, the Seventh Generation dishsoap and even to the "Vacation" function on the refrigerator which you can activate when you're out of the room to conserve energy.

The studio rooms come with more space in the form of a small sitting area which allows you to have guests over or provides a new place for you to stare out at western Manhattan (including sister hotel, The Westin Times Square.) But we kinda like the coziness of the standard rooms. Literally, you can fall out of bed and start making some eggs. And the view of the Empire State building is not bad either!

So while the rooms are sure to comfort you, the prices are not quite as soothing. The hotel is still offering an introductory $199 room rate but not for much longer. We were able to find a room next week, mid-week for $199, but all other weekend rates are much higher at $359 a night.

True, you are getting a lot for the money--like the free WiFi, breakfast and your own kitchen--but there are far more affordable hotels in and around Times Square if you're on a tight budget. Will they smell as nice as Element? Probably not. But that's the risk you take.

Stay tuned tomorrow when we show you around the public spaces at Element Times Square, including those plug panels in the tables downstairs as well as a sneak peek at their rooftop!

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Thanks for this review!

I'm going to be in NYC at the end of January for some meetings in the Times Square area. I was seriously considering the Element...and now I'm considering it even more seriously!!! Haven't tried one yet and I'm very curious.

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