Our friend recently stayed at one of Starwood’s Element Hotels in New York City (soon to open its 10th hotel in Miami), and I was impressed by both the eco-friendly touches, as well as the comfort and convenience (she had a stovetop and fridge in the room so she could cook and save some money while working in the big apple). With the average room rate starting at just $125.00 per night, affordability is also a priority. Here are several unique design amenities keeping Element ahead of the curve:
· Use of recycled tires for flooring and art mountings – an eco-friendly choice that is invisible to guests
· Bathrooms that feel spa-inspired yet feature a low-flow oversized rain shower showerhead, as well as amenity dispensers to cut down on plastic bottle waste. Dual-flush toilets also reduce water consumption.
· Soy-based fabrics throughout that are soft and comfortable
· Fully equipped kitchens with energy-efficient appliances
· Environmentally friendly “Do Not Disturb” door magnets
Element Hotels is also the only major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for high-performance buildings.