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5 New Hotels for Boston

June 24, 2015 at 9:27 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Hey Boston! We probably don’t need to tell you this, but you have a major construction boom going on. Offices, (expensive) condominiums – the number of high-rises either in progress or being planned are set to change the city’s skyline dramatically. Among all those developments are a number of hotels; here are five of them that are headed your way.

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China (And Asia Pacific) Gets Its First Element

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  Site Where: #77 Wuyishan Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215163
June 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

China is of course the market to watch, and the one every hotel chain wants to crack. Hands together, then, for Starwood, which has just hit China (and Asia Pacific) with its first ever Element.

The Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town (which we first heard about in 2013) is in Suzhou, Jiangsu province (the Science and Technology Town is, fittingly, an “eco city” in the industrial tech zone. There are 188 rooms and suites, all with energy-efficient kitchen and oversized windows (less claustrophobic but also means you’ll light the room less). The decor is typical Element - slightly bland, definitely inoffensive but overall mildly pleasant. It looks like there are decent views, too.

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12 New Hotels for Amsterdam

June 4, 2015 at 8:36 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Even on our Master List of Hotel Openings we highlighted Amsterdam as enjoying a bit of a renaissance – and so much has happened since then. Last year, Waldorf Astoria was the talk of the town, which followed the likes of Andaz and the Conservatorium. But in 2015, and the next few years, the Dutch capital is picking up steam, adding a range of interesting hotels. Tallying them up quickly took us to 12, and there will be more:

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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Starwood Plans a Double Dutch Debut With Element and an Expanded W Amsterdam

December 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM | by | ()

The uber-eco friendly Element Amsterdam is wonderfully--or dangerously--close to a shopping mall, but you can still feel good about "going green" while spending some green.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is bringing two of its design-driven brands to one of Europe’s hippest cities, with Element Amsterdam and W Amsterdam both opening next year. Here’s the latest on these upcoming hotels. Just two more reasons to love Amsterdam.

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Element Has Landed at Frankfurt Airport

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  Site Where: De-Saint-Exupery 6, Frankfurt, Germany, 60549
September 3, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

The European chapter of Starwood’s expansion for Element Hotels has officially commenced: Element Frankfurt Airport opened its doors this past weekend.

Part of a mixed-use development called Gateway Gardens, the hotel is just over 2 miles from the airport terminal. TripAdvisor reviews haven’t made it onto the site just yet, but a first few questions regarding airport shuttles (there is one 24 hours a day) are being answered by the hotel.

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Starwood Is Bringing Element to London, Together with More Aloft

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  Site Where: Tobacco Dock, London, United Kingdom
July 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

We knew Starwood had big plans for its health-oriented, eco-conscious Element Hotels brand, with Frankfurt Airport getting the first European outpost on a list that ranges from Flushing, Queens to Muscat, Oman.

With Frankfurt opening less than two months from now (September 1, to be exact) comes the news that London will have its very own Element as well, opening in a Boston-esque dual-brand development with an Aloft Hotel in 2017 at the Tobacco Dock area in Wapping, East London. It will be the second Aloft hotel for the city, after Aloft London ExCel further east.

Element London Tobacco Dock (the darker brown building on the right above) will have 77 studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites with kitchens, modular furniture, desks with open shelving, bathrooms with rain showers and dual-flush toilets. We’re hoping the free breakfasts, WiFi, and 24-hour fitness center will make an appearance as well.

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Element is Expanding Its Eco-Conscious Brand in a Big Way

July 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM | by | ()

Ever since Element Hotels came on the scene in 2008, we've been wondering, "When will they open more?" From the spacious guestrooms (most with kitchenettes) to the eco-friendly amenities (toiletry dispensers in the shower, recycling bins in the kitchen), free WiFi, fitness centers with iPhone charging bikes and the yummy free breakfasts, there's not much we don't like about Element. Heck, even the POTUS has stayed at an Element Hotel before.

Yet aside from the Element in Times Square, there aren't many Elements in the heart of big cities. While that won't change anytime soon, there are several new Element Hotels lined up for 2014 and beyond. Here's where you can expect to find Element Hotels opening in the next few years:

· Element Frankfurt Airport (Germany) – June 2014
· Element Harrison (N.J.) – May 2014
· Element Hanover-Lebanon (N.H.) – September 2014
· Element Vancouver Metrotown (B.C., Canada) - June 2014
· Element Miami Doral (Fla.) – December 2014
· Element Orlando North - July 2015
· Element Flushing (N.Y.) – September 2015
· Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town (China) – July 2015
· Element Calgary Airport South (Alberta, Canada) - July 2016
· Element Muscat, Oman - January 2016

That's right, thanks to Element Hotels in Germany, Canada, Oman and China, Element is going international in a big way.

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[UPDATED] Where To Find Free Hotel WiFi In NYC: 2013 Edition

May 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

We brought you the 2013 WiFi Report last week, and today we're here to tell you which hotels in NYC you can count on for free WiFi. Here are a few of our faves…

Indigo Chelsea: This isn't the kind of place you go for a buzzing lobby scene or super luxe rooms. However, with a super-friendly staff and great midtown location, you can't go wrong. Rates from $293/night.

Ace Hotel: Sure, there's free WiFi. But with all the action going on at this hotel (lobby bar, Breslin restaurant, shops, and basement performance venue), will you actually get any work done? Rates from $289/night.

Andaz Fifth Avenue: Fifth Avenue shoppers will love this WiFi-enabled gem, where you can spend the day hitting up Louis Vuitton and Bergdorf Goodman, and then come home and play with those awesome welcome amenities. Rates from $432/night.

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Your Freewheelin' Guide To Hotels With Free Bike Rentals

April 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM | by | ()

As summer nears, hotels are going to start up with the usual warm-weather offerings: rooftop bars, poolside cabanas, and those awkward tanning concierges. But as far as we're concerned, it all boils down to one question: where can we ride a bike for free?

Unless otherwise noted, all of the below hotels offer free bike rentals on a first-come, first-served basis (that means no reserving the night before!), and all bikes come with a helmet and a lock.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the public bikes at Public Chicago, and we recommend you do the same! Guests can grab a Trek Bicycle and take out for a spin down to Lake Shore and cruise along the beach's bike path—which are just three blocks from the hotel. Oh, and did we mention it's free?

In time for the first shoots of spring in London, £1-favorite Hoxton Hotel is now offering guests four custom UK-made Mango Bikes in the hotel’s colors to tool around town in. Both Sanderson and St. Martin’s Lane counter with equipment from the home of cycling, with Dutch bikes by Public J7.

Santa Barbara's El Encanto Resort has something special for adventuresome guests: electric bikes! The electric component can be turned on or off, so if you don't feel like cheating, you can pump all the way to the beach and back. But when it comes time to head back to the hotel (which sits in the Santa Barbara hills), that motor is going to come in pretty handy.

Sofitel So Bangkok offers three bikes for rent—a number suitable for the cast of Three's Company, but hey, free is free! Head across the road and pedal your heart out around Lumpini Park, the city's answer to Central Park, where you can ride along the Komodo Dragons basking in the sun on the banks of the lake.

For 12 more hotels (and hotel brands) with free bike rentals, read on!

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Aloft and Element Will Sit Side By Side In South Boston

Where: D Street [map], Boston, MA, United States
February 18, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | ()

A new $140 million development project in South Boston will feature a double whammy hotel, comprised of a 330-room Aloft and a 180-room Element. Designed specifically for visitors of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the new Aloft-Element duplex will be located on D Street, only half a mile away from the convention center.

The Boston Herald reports that, when the hotels open in 2015, rates will be "far lower" than the Westin Boston Waterfront next door, which typically goes for around $259/night.

But in addition to cheaper rates, we also know that Aloft and Element generally tend to have a cooler, more modern feel than Westin, and will be able to offer convention visitors a lively place to get an after-work drink (w xyz bar), as well as plenty of fitness-oriented amenities (free bike rentals, in-room gym equipment).

Though there is currently an Aloft Lexington and an Element Lexington, this will be the brands' debut in Beantown proper. Though, not that Boston hasn't seen its fair share of hotel action over the past year. With the recent opening of The Revere and the newly-renovated Langham Boston, travelers to the historic city ought to have plenty of tough decisions ahead when it comes to booking a room.

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Now You Can Find Element's iPhone Charging Bikes Everywhere

December 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

Technology has become a fundamental part of fitness these days. Often, at the gym, folks on treadmills or ellipticals seem more preoccupied with watching an episode of Real Housewives than their actual workout. And for many, a 20-minute exercise routine consists of hopping around the living room with a Nintendo Wii controller.

So we guess it's only fitting that Element has stuck to its promise of bringing iPhone-charging stationary bikes into all of its hotels. The nifty equipment was first unveiled in March at the launch of Element Miami. And now, nine months later, the "charge-as-you-go" bikes have been installed in the fitness centers of all 10 Element hotels.

Fitness centers, which, we should point out, remain open 24/7, leaving you no excuse for ever having an un-charged phone—or, for that matter, missing a workout.

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