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Element New York Times Square West

Address: 311 W. 39th St.

Neighborhood: Midtown

City: New York City

Phone: 212-643-0770

Website: www.elementhotels.com/timessquare

Expert Review

The eco-wise concept behind Element Hotels is another Starwood trailblazer and this Midtown West property showcases high design that’s green to boot. It offers a cozier and cheaper alternative to the area’s nondescript or otherwise astronomically priced hotels. The feel-good factor is high inside this high-rise, which touts environment-friendly features like in-room filtered tap water, recycling bins, and soy-based fabrics. Focus is placed on mingling, as guests gather for free food – in the mornings for a healthful breakfast of hot wraps, smoothies, and granola, and four evenings per week for savory food and beverage pairings. The 411 rooms, flooded with natural daylight, come with full kitchens, spa-inspired bathrooms with oversized rain showers, and free Internet access. For the best views of Midtown skyscrapers, get a unit on floor 20 or higher, facing north, but brace yourself for long elevator waits. Guests can purchase ready-to-cook meals, treats, and sundries from the lobby’s 24-hour gourmet pantry. The hotel is the nation’s first to join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, where consumers buy direct from farmers, so guests can even order seasonal produce from Vermont-based Holton Farms.

Tags: moderate | views | extended stay

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