Family Stay at the Element Denver Park Meadows

I’d never heard of the new “Element by Westin” hotel brand before booking a stay at the Element Denver Park Meadows with my family last weekend. We wanted to use some of my Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints for a quick shopping trip to the big city, and found this property ideal because of its location to one of Denver’s biggest shopping malls (Park Meadows) and to our Denver friends’ house (with whom we had a dinner date Saturday night). Not only was the price right — only 3,000 Starpoints per night for our two-queen-bedded room — but the hotel was close to perfect for our weekend visit. Here’s why:

Kitchens in every room: The Element Denver Park Meadows is billed as an extended-stay property, presumably for business types who are in town for long periods working, perhaps, in the nearby Denver Tech Center. But as a mom, I appreciated the big refrigerator for storing our road-trip snacks and drinks. We didn’t cook over the weekend, but there is a stovetop, toaster, dishwasher and full complement of dishes and silverware.

Eco-friendly lodging: Silver LEED certified, the Element Denver Park Meadows emphasizes care of the environment with its low-flow faucets and fixtures (toilets have “half flush” and “full flush” options), compact florescent bulbs, recycle bins and glassware (not plastic cups) in guest rooms. The shampoo/conditioner and body wash are in large dispensers like you typically see in locker rooms at your local gym — why don’t more hotels do this?!

Excellent buffet breakfast: This property has one of the best buffet breakfasts I’ve ever had at a chain hotel. I especially appreciated the healthy egg and tortilla wraps kept warm on a hot plate. Too often buffet morning meals are lacking decent protein options; the hot breakfast burritos were a huge improvement over the more typical hard-boiled eggs and yogurt cups I often see. Also in the spread: bagels, toast, croissants, pastries, muffins, cereal and fresh fruit like strawberries, grapes and bananas. Huge thumb’s up for this breakfast service!

Indoor pool: It’s tiny, but the pool was a perfect way for the kids to blow off steam on arrival — after sitting in the car for four hours.

Free internet: Complimentary wireless in all guest rooms and public spaces. Again, why don’t more hotels offer this?!

Fresh design aesthetic: This hotel is undoubtedly modern, but it’s not stark and cool. Rather many different textures greet guests in the open lobby, with its brown and beige couches, contemporary furniture and natural green accents. In the rooms, I liked the glass-topped desks (so you could see the magazines — National Geographic Traveler and dwell — in the drawers below. The pretty green mosaic tile in the galley kitchen added a touch of whimsy to the otherwise taupe and brown decor. I also took note of the nature-inspired pattern on the brown rug in the bedroom area and the cool “Do Not Disturb” magnet that you place on metal strip on the door. Nifty design elements that add up to make guest rooms and public spaces here both fresh and welcoming.

Other nice touches: Since Element is under the Westin umbrella, guests sleep in Heavenly Beds (which are indeed heavenly!). I appreciated the rainshowerhead in the bathroom.

Indeed, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Element Denver Park Meadows to any families visiting south Denver (Lone Tree is the official suburb). It’s a great place to stay if you’re in the area for some holiday shopping, with the Park Meadows mall just a complimentary shuttle ride away. Rates start at $169/night.

This hotel post is made possible thanks to our friends at Expedia.

5 Responses to “Family Stay at the Element Denver Park Meadows”

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    This is quite interesting to me because we stayed at our first Element (Ewing, NJ) just this past weekend! Looks like the room was identical (we also had 2 queens), but you had a slightly better breakfast and pool area. We loved it too — the kitchen, in particular, is such a nice feature when you’ve got toddler in tow. Also, not well publicized, but it’s dog friendly.

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      ColoradoGal says:

      Ah, we’re not pet owners so I rarely consider the dog-stay angle. Though, I should. So many people spend weekends away with their canine friends.

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    Ric Garrido says:

    In response to Tula. I stayed at the Element Park Meadows in July 2011 and I had stayed at Element Summerlin (Las Vegas) in August 2009. The room was exactly the same for the two locations two years apart. The pool area and workout room were placed in a different location. Las Vegas has outdoor pool. No worry of turning it into an ice skating rink in the desert.

    ColoradoGal – was the driveway to the hotel kind of odd to you? I found I had to drive through the mall parking lot to get to the hotel.

    “Rates start at $169 night.”

    The published rate was $83 (AAA rate) in July 2011 when I stayed.

    Starwood Preferred Guest also offers a 50% off rack rate for 1,000 starpoints. This might be a good hotel for that kind of award where the published rate is probably far more than 50% rack rate during busy weekday periods.

    I am curious why Expedia is credited if you used Starpoints for an award stay?

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      ColoradoGal says:

      We turned down Yosemite (major exit) off of I-470, then onto Park Meadows Drive into the parking lot next to a gym and on to the Element. Not through the mall parking lots.

      Expedia sent us PayPal $$ in return for a link to their UK site. Likely wouldn’t have written a hotel post w/o their financial support. (WAY too many other stories in the pipeline that I’d like to get written by end of year & too little time!) This is an experiment into sponsored posts. We run so few…. but experimenting into different ways of monetizing our site.

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    Ric Garrido says:

    I drove through the gym parking lot too at some point. The odd thing about the Element hotel is that it is the only suburban hotel I’ve been with no direct hotel driveway entrance. You have to drive through the parking lot of adjacent businesses to reach the Element.

    Thanks for explaining the Expedia link. I was just curious.

    Most of us are looking for new ways to monetize our blogs.

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