I moved to Huntsville in 2006, just before the city experienced a giant growth due to military base realignments around the country. Along with population growth came new, trendy shopping centers and hotels; most notably Bridge Street Town Center.
Located near the second largest research park in the nation, Bridge Street Town Center is an outdoor shopping mall that is home to both The Westin and Element Hotel.
Daniel and I recently had the chance to stay a night at Element Huntsville. Connected to The Westin, Element offers suites that range in size from 375 to 975 square feet. We chose the standard king room, which features a very adequate kitchenette. The room was perfect for us as a couple, and was on quite sizable compared to other suite-style rooms we’ve stayed in.
We checked in after work on a Friday. We immediately found the staff very welcoming and friendly. We headed up to our room on the 10th floor. We immediately found the room very airy and pleasant. The decor was modern and chic.
We were most impressed with the kitchen-area. While Element officially calls it a “kitchenette,” I struggle with the word as it was larger than my home kitchen. Not only was it large and room, it was fully stocked with everything one would need to prepare a meal. It had pots and pans; silverware, dishes and more. It had a range, a microwave, and a full-size refrigerator.
Our original plan was to eat dinner at one of the many restaurant options at Bridge Street. However, the room was so comfy we decided to just stay in and order a pizza. We also didn’t want to miss using the hot tub downstairs. Most nights, Element features an evening reception with complimentary cocktails and appetizers.
We checked out the hot tub and pool area both that night and the next morning. The Westin and Element share a common pool area, which features a combination indoor/outdoor pool. The hot tub is located indoors. During our stay, the only concern we had was young children in the hot tub, but as frequent travelers we know that’s an issue across all hotels.
In the morning, we had the complimentary breakfast downstairs. The Westin and Element have separate dining areas, and the breakfast was served as part the experience with Element. A variety of items were available, including pancakes, eggs, cereal, granola, yogurt and more. Coffee, teas and juices were also available.
After breakfast, we headed outdoors to check out the grounds. Element Huntsville has absolutely stunning scenery and architecture. There’s multiple places on-site to relax, read, or catch up on work. Free WiFi is accessible in the rooms and throughout most of the grounds. It’s a perfect hotel for research park professionals or anyone traveling to Huntsville for business.
Daniel and I would happily recommend Element Huntsville to business travelers, couples, friends and family. It’s located less than five minutes from Cummings Research Park, Redstone Arsenal, and The U.S. Space & Rocket Center. When it was all over, we had a lovely stay at Element Huntsville!