Whats an ELEMENT? – 1st. major hotel brand to mandate all properties pursue LEED “Green” certification …excellent!

Element Hotel NYC Entrance

Element Hotel NYC Entrance

This is unique…Element Hotel  Westside Times Square in New York City… is the nation’s first hotel to participate in a Community Sponsored Agriculture program as part of its Eco commitment.

Element rooftop pation view.

Element rooftop patio view.

Element will join Holton Farms’ CSA as an active member, supporting the program by purchasing a “share” in this season’s harvest…giving guests and neighbors easy access to fresh, seasonal produce and artisanal farm products, raised in nearby Vermont.

Element Hotel NYC - Greenhouse Lounge

Element Hotel NYC - Greenhouse Lounge

The Element…a beautiful …new …facility … satisfies its guests’ needs with the environment in mind.  Outfitted with many leisurly touches… Element guests can recharge and refresh in…spa-inspired bathrooms and natural light-filled guest rooms. There are in-room recycling bins…water-efficient faucets and fixtures …Eco-friendly paints..carpets…and furniture too.  Rooms allow the Eco-conscious guest to continue living “green” while on the road.

Element Hotel NYC - Guest Room

Element Hotel NYC - Guest Room

Element opened in November last year…2010…with 411 guest rooms and 7 suites…in mid-town Manhattan…and is “Green” from its inception.  Element also has two meeting rooms…a lobby atrium…rooftop terrace with views of The Empire State Building and the Hudson River.

From the Element web-site: …(our lobby design) creates a sense of movement and vitality. Double height ceilings…a 16-foot wall of windows…low seating and an open layout allow natural light to carry throughout the environment. Our signature water feature promotes a sense of calm. The patio is an inviting outdoor space to spend time around the fire pit or at our …weekly complimentary evening BBQ.

Room layout showing Green construction

Room layout showing Green construction

Currently there are 10 Element Eco properties in the U.S. with another slated to open in 2012…they are part of the Starwood brands worldwide.

These Element properties are perfect venues to wear and enjoy your luxury Eco clothing from Casualmere® brand bamboo clothing.  Casual wear for relaxing after a busy day at work or sight-seeing in Manhattan.  Casualmere® bamboo fabric is perfect travel clothing as it packs “light and tight” … pack several tops and still have lots of room for extra walking shoes in your luggage.

Element Hotel NYC - Breakfast Area

Element Hotel NYC - Breakfast Area

There is a nice article about the Element’s Eco efforts at the Green Lodging News.

For those of you who know New York City the Element is on W. 39th Street between 8th and  9th Avenue…for those who don’t…  Times Square is where Broadway crosses Seventh Avenue which is between 46th & 47th street…so the Element’s  location is only about 7 of the short “Street” blocks from Times Square and the theater district…or a very short cab ride.

All Element properties are built to LEED guidelines.  LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system.

Casualmere® brand Eco clothing hopes you will …ENJOY!

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