Marriott have signed a management deed for an exciting eco-friendly hotel in Melbourne’s Botanicca Corporate Park, with the property scheduled to open to the public in 2019.
With travellers ever more mindful of preserving the landscapes and natural environment of the destinations that they are travelling to, Marriott’s area vice president for Australia, Sean Hunt, explained that there is a growing demand amongst the public for accommodation with strong environmentally friendly credentials.
“We are delighted to launch the Element Hotels brand in Australia, following the brand’s unprecedented growth worldwide. Sustainability is a growing concern for an increasing number of travellers globally, and Element Melbourne Richmond is ideal for guests looking for an eco-friendly alternative, with its clean, residential-style suites that make guests feel at home, whether they’re staying a short while or for a longer period.”
Every single hotel that will be built under the eco-friendly “Element” brand will be constructed with the “green from the ground up” philosophy. This goes for the different products that are used as well as the building techniques.
Just some of the different eco-friendly components used during the project will be low-flow rainfall showerheads and energy efficient LED lighting. Filtered water, carpet that has been recycled and electric-vehicle charging stations are all also planned to make an appearance in the hotels.
The new Element hotel, slated for Melbourne, will contain 168 rooms (most with their own kitchens) and a 24-7 “grab and go” food stand. Along with the food stands and kitchens, there will be a bike sharing program and a 250m meeting space for patrons to use as they please.
This new development will only bolster the Marriott’s Pacific portfolio, which is packed to the brim with 25 operational hotels and 22 properties, and maybe even lead to a eco-friendly hotel chain in the future if it is seen as a successful project.