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New Green Element Hotel Opens in Times Square, New York!

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On March 24, 2011 @ 2:40 pm In Architecture,Manhattan,News | 2 Comments

Element Hotels [6], a branch of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., is the first major hotel brand to mandate that all of its properties seek LEED certification. Element opened its first green hotel in 2008 in Lexington, Massachusetts, and has since spread across the country with openings in Denver, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Houston, and more.

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I recently had the opportunity to stay at the new green Element Hotel [7] and found it to be comfortable, chic, and surprisingly well-designed and classy for a ‘budget’ hotel [7].

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One of the things I love the most about the hotel is that the rooms all come with fully-furnished kitchens! Yes, you heard me right: refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, ovens, and even cookware, dishes and utensils. It seems that Element Hotel Times Square [7] is geared toward longer-term stays, but even for short-term stays this factor is wonderful. As any budget or eco-conscious traveler can attest to; it is really nice to have some refrigerator space and reheating options for leftover restaurant meals, and it is even better to be able to cook when you are traveling. I love that the design of the Element Hotel [5] allows for both of these money and waistline-saving activities.

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But, for those of you who are too rushed to cook, the hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet of low-fat wraps and fruit smoothies, and a health food snack bar. There is a gorgeous rooftop terrace – which is one of the highlights of the hotel – with stunning views of the nearby (green) New York Times building and the Manhattan skyline.

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Like all Element Hotels [8], the Times Square location [5] 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.

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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.

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An energy management system that connects to the guest and meeting rooms makes ample use of daylighting [9] 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 [5] installed ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations [10] 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 [7] will receive 50 Starwood Preferred Guest points and a $20 credit to the snack bar.

+ Element Hotels [6]


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