Starwood Hotels and Resorts and ADNEC Unveil Middle East’s First Green Hotel

3rd August 2008 (Last Updated August 3rd, 2008 18:30)

Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) have jointly announced the launch of the first Element hotel in Abu Dhabi. The Elemental hotel is Starwood's ground-breaking environmentally conscious design concept. The hotel is described by the group as '

Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) have jointly announced the launch of the first Element hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The Elemental hotel is Starwood’s ground-breaking environmentally conscious design concept. The hotel is described by the group as ‘eco-chic’ and is designed and operated to be as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.

The hotel is scheduled to be opened at the Capital Centre development in Abu Dhabi. The Element, which is to be marketed as an extended-stay hotel will offer 36 studios, 144 one-bedroom guest rooms, 90 two-bedroom units, a restaurant, swimming pool and a fitness centre.

Each Element hotel is designed to make use of natural light, and is designed to be biophilic, which literally means ‘the love of living systems’. The hotel uses as much recycled material in the construction and decoration as possible and all appliances are energy rated to create as little impact on the environment as possible.

ADNEC business development director Sanjay Tanna said that the Element extended-stay hotel at Capital Centre will be a first in the Middle East. The hotel offers serviced apartments rather than traditional hotel rooms and is designed to support executive clients for a longer stay than is usually the case in hotels.

The Elemental hotel is directed towards executives and business people who traditionally prefer the home comforts approach of extended stay hotels to that of traditional hotels.

By Daniel Garrun