A great family vacation usually begins with choosing the right family friendly hotel. We recently were able to check out the brand new (April 2017) Element Hotel in Huntsville, AL. The Element was a perfect hotel for our family, including our lovable Lab, Indy. Here are 6 reasons every family should stay at the Element Huntsville.
Most hotel stays include finding someone to take care of your pet back at home. Well, at the Element, pets are most welcome. We love this about hotels because our pup Indy is definitely part of our family and is included when we plan our destinations.
There’s a 40 lb. max on the dogs allowed in the hotel, but this is up to the manager’s discretion, so check with them if your pet is near that limit, as ours was. After the staff met Indy (and her promising to be on her best behavior), they welcomed her with a delicious bag of treats.
Family Friendly Amenities
Along with keeping pets in mind when the Element was created, they also kept families in mind. They have fantastic amenities like free WiFi (great during downtime), a fun inside/outside pool, and even free bikes to borrow to explore the area.
The Element is right next to the Bridge Street Town Center, so families have tons of options for eating and shopping. I even got my MacBook fixed at their Apple store, which let me write up this article.
Other great family amenities include late check out, as we’re never ready when check-out time rolls around as well as Rise, their complimentary breakfast bar. This is no ordinary breakfast bar as it is has fresh cooked food, hot coffee, and plenty of other options to get your family’s day started off right.
We also enjoyed their 24-hour gourmet pantry, Restore. It was stocked with all the last-minute things we needed and forgot to pack, including wine! They also have a free, 24-hour onsite laundry facility for guests. This is great to know that we didn’t have to pack tons of clothes and could wash and re-wear!
Parent Friendly Amenities
The Element didn’t forget mom and dad either! They have a huge hot tub and exercise room to burn off those dinner calories, a really nice workspace in the hotel rooms to answer those never-ending emails, and my favorite, Relax, their evening reception, where they offer complimentary beer, wine and soda as well as pairing those drinks with some delicious appetizers.
Extended Stay Friendly
The Element is prepared to have your family stay for a while. Several of their rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen including large refrigerator, stove, microwave, kitchen sink and dishwasher. They also provide pots, pans as well as utensils for your use.
This is a great way to stock up on snacks for those never-ending appetites as well as saving a few bucks by not having to eat out every night.
Dual Complex Property
The Element Huntsville is part of the Westin Huntsville, with the Element luxury rooms being on the top floors of the complex.
The great thing about this is that all the Westin amenities are available to Element guests. There is a nice lobby bar to have an evening cocktail as well as beautiful grounds outside to soak up some sunshine.
Also, being a Marriot brand, you can use your award-winning loyalty points to extend or upgrade your stay while at the Element.
Along with being family-friendly, we also look for how sustainable a hotel is. The Element did not disappoint! They had all the usual enviro-friendlies like LED lights and Energy Star appliances, but they also had great features like filtered water at the kitchen sink to reduce plastic water bottle use, shampoo and soap dispensing units in the shower to eliminate the need for all those little plastic bottles of shampoo and soap.
They also reward their customers who forgo housekeeping by giving either a $5 credit at their pantry, Restore, or 250 Starpoints. That’s a win-win for everyone!
On your next visit to Huntsville, definitely check out the Element Huntsville. We had an amazing and relaxing stay and recommend it to any family!
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