Like all Element Hotels, the Times Square location is a high performance building that combines environmentally conscious initiatives with modern design. It has 411 guest rooms, seven suites, two meeting rooms, a rooftop terrace, a lobby atrium, and a 24-hour fitness room.
The rooms have operable windows – which may not seem like a big deal – but actually makes a big difference in terms of ventilation and keeping air fresh and healthy. Poor indoor air quality is a common issue in hotels, so this design choice was literally a breath of fresh air for me.
The guest rooms and suites have low-flow bathroom fixtures, which saves 5,300 gallons of water per guest room each year. The rooms also have recycling bins, Energy Star appliances, and the ubiquitous paper “Do Not Disturb” signs have been replaced by magnets. The carpets, furniture, and floors are made from recycled content, and low-VOC paints were used for improved air quality. All of the wall art is mounted on bases made from recycled tires and all lighting uses CFLs.
An energy management system that connects to the guest and meeting rooms makes ample use of daylighting and helps decrease energy consumption. The system works with door and motion sensors to regulate lighting and temperatures based on outside conditions. It is virtually invisible to guests, yet saves the hotel thousands of dollars in lighting, heating, and cooling costs.
Plus, the Element Times Square installed ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for electric vehicles. Any guest driving an EV gets priority parking, and from now until the end of March, any guest that brings in a plastic bottle for recycling at Element New York Times Square West will receive 50 Starwood Preferred Guest points and a $20 credit to the snack bar.