“The opening of two Element hotels in one week highlights our commitment to strategically expand our exciting, new eco-chic brand in the right places with the right partners,” said Paul Sacco, Senior vice president of development for North America, Starwood. “We were thrilled to work closely with Sava Holdings and Aquila Lodging on the opening of their first Element hotel.”

Launched by Starwood in 2008, Element delivers a no-compromise, eco-chic experience enhanced by comfortable and inspiring public spaces, modern touches and smart design. Element Hotels is the first hotel brand to mandate that all its properties pursue the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The Element brand’s green features are cleverly designed to be as aesthetically appealing as they are eco-friendly, so guests never compromise on style and comfort. Eco-friendly materials are used whenever possible and natural light is maximized throughout the hotels. To reduce waste, guest room bathrooms are equipped with amenity dispensers, kitchens are supplied with silverware and glassware instead of plastic utensils and paper cups, and filtered drinking water is available rather than plastic water bottles. Recycling bins are available in guest rooms and public areas. Element hotels conserve water and energy with low-flow faucets and fixtures, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and energy-efficient appliances. Even the ubiquitous Do Not Disturb sign has been replaced with an environmentally-friendly magnet.

Starwood is a US-based hotel and leisure company.