During my stay at the Aloft Boston Seaport I also had the chance to tour Element Boston Seaport, a fellow Starwood Hotel property. Aloft and Element share a driveway, but they each have very distinct personalities.
Just as the Aloft brand is inspired by the W Hotels, the Element brand is inspired by the Westin. Element has 22 hotels worldwide and is the fastest growing brand in the Starwood family.
Element is decorated with soothing earth tones like light green, chocolate brown and pebble gray. Many items in the hotel - floors, carpets, bed frames - are made from recycled materials.
The lobby offers plenty of gathering space. In the morning Element welcomes guests for what they call the "Rise breakfast" which is served buffet style from 7:00am - 11:00am. In the evenings they host a "Relax evening social" with local wine and beer and light appetizers. Both daily events are complimentary.
Every surface and shelf is decorated with living, breathing things like these beautiful succulents.
The guest rooms are designed for extended stays, similar to the Residence Inn. Like the Westin, Element offers Heavenly Beds, a signature mattress Westin guests have come to know and love. You can even purchase one for your home!
All of the bathrooms at Element are equipped with the Westin Heavenly Shower System and Pharmacopia bath products.
Because the rooms are meant for guests staying longer than just a weekend, each room also has a television and a seating area. There is more than enough room here to host a Bachelor viewing party!
The best part of the seating area is that the couch pulls out to become a second bed. Can you say slumber party?
In addition to a living room area, the Element rooms also boast a full kitchen with a sink, stove top, microwave, fridge and freezer. I love the mossy green, tan and brown colors of the backsplash.
Not only does Element provide a kitchen space, they stock it too. Each room has pots and pans, as well as plates, bowls, cups, silverware and salt and pepper shakers.
If you've ever been on a work trip for more than five days, you know that feeling of "If I have to eat from a vending machine one more time I might cry." Element gives you a space to return to at the end of the day where you can relax, unwind and cook a real meal.
To make sure you're caffeinated the next morning, Element also provides a coffee maker in every room.
If you're an early riser or find yourself with free time during your stay, Element has a great gym. The machines overlook the pool so you can enjoy some people watching while you run.
Just like Aloft across the way, Element has a saline pool (not chlorine, which smells strongly and can be harsh on your skin). The pool has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the outdoor courtyard, offering tons of natural light.
My favorite feature of the entire hotel is the outdoor courtyard. It's tucked between the hotel lobby and the entrance to the pool, completely shielded from any street noise. It has an elegant wood panel wall along one side which is lined with forest green trees. The all white chairs and umbrellas feel very Los Angeles or the Hamptons.
If I were traveling for work and needed a home base for more than three or four days, there is no doubt in my mind I would book a room at Element. From the Heavenly bed and shower, to the living room set up, to full kitchen, the hotel offers all the comforts of home (plus a pool and outdoor space!).
Just like Aloft Boston Seaport, Element Boston Seaport is in an amazing location. The Lawn on D is directly across the street, the waterfront, Fort Point and South Boston are all just a 15 minute walk away and 93 and the Mass Pike are a two minute drive from the hotel's front door should you need to get to another town in Massachusetts.
To all my road warriors, Element is for you!
*This post is sponsored by Element Boston Seaport. All opinions are 100 percent my own.