Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened its first hotel in Texas under the extended-stay Element brand.
The new-build Element Houston Vintage Park features 123 rooms and is geared towards longer stays, with rooms including a large desk and equipped kitchen, as well as free wifi internet access. Other facilities include 456 square feet of meeting space, an integrated technology centre and library.
Part of the Vintage Park retail and lifestyle centre in northwest Houston, the hotel is close to the Willowbrook shopping complexes. It is approximately 20 minutes drive from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental airport and around 25 minutes from the city centre. It is also close to the Hewlett Packard and Toyota headquarters, and within reach of the George R Brown Convention Centre, Sam Houston Race Park and several golf courses.
Influenced by Starwood’s Westin Hotels and Resorts, the Element brand focuses on environmentally-friendly design (see online news April 22, 2008), with energy-efficient appliances used at the hotels and drivers of hybrid cars being given priority parking. Further Element properties are due to open in the US this year, with The Lone Tree, Colorado and the Ewing Hopewell, New Jersey both expected to open in the summer.
For more information visit starwoodhotels.com.
Report by Holly Willis