With a healthy dose of Montana history and a booming college population, downtown Bozeman is a fun place to roam, without needing much of a plan. One of the many perks to a stay at the Element by Westin Bozeman is its central location. Just one block off of Main Street, the area’s many shops, restaurants and bars are all within walking distance.
Inspired by Westin, the hotel delivers what guests expect from the brand. The lobby area is a large open space with a contemporary feel. Along with a breakfast area, there are plenty of comfortable spots to sit and relax. Natural light is plentiful thanks to numerous windows.
My Standard King Guest Room (the smallest room type available at the property) was located on the second floor and offered a nice mountain view. Along with a king bed, there was a large desktop to work, or spread out all the gadgets that tend to come along with travel. Access to two electric plugs and two USB ports couldn’t have been easier.
The kitchenette included a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, small coffee maker and sink. Along with wares like a can opener, cutting board and glass storage containers, it offered dishes, silverware, and mugs for two guests.
The bathroom had a large, walk-in shower with rainfall showerhead. An LEED Certified (green) hotel, shampoo and body gel is dispensed from refillable soap dispensers in the shower, eliminating plastic throwaway toiletry bottles.
The Element by Westin Bozeman welcomes extended stay guests. It has 104 rooms, and all but 39 have full-size kitchens. A laundry room, with coin-operated appliances, is located on-site. All guest rooms are smoke-free.
Breakfast is included with every stay. The buffet includes hot sandwiches, along with pastries and breads, fruit, yogurt, cereals and granola. Coffee, tea and a selection of juices are also served. A small, but nicely stocked market located on the backside of the front desk sells everything from frozen microwavable meals to drinks, cookies and energy bars. A large outdoor patio off the back of the lobby has a grill and a large fire pit.
Along with a 24 hour fitness center, there is an indoor salt-water pool. Complimentary bikes and helmets are also available to borrow and provide a fun way to explore downtown Bozeman.
The hotel is about a 20-minute drive from the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. The Element operates a complimentary shuttle to the airport and surrounding area, (Scheduling in advance is recommended.) but if you have a car, covered parking is $10 and outdoor parking is $5 per day. Free street parking is also an option.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by the Montana’s Yellowstone Country, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.