Element Hotels by Westin

Element Hotels by Westin

AT reader DahliaCactus tipped us off to the Starwood hotel group's new line of eco-hotels, Element. She says, Apparently they're offering green perks like recycling, but the best part is the layouts shown in the brochures. Big windows with living, sleeping, office and dining all in one compact space. A little digging revealed the units are about 400 sq. ft. Looks like good design from a HUGE company, but could be inspiration for studio dwellers.

We have to agree that the layouts are thoughtful and creative. In the one-bedroom floor plan shown above, we particularly like the way the desk looks across the sitting area. In the kitchen, appliances are Energy Star rated, and throughout the unit consumables like plastic silverware and mini-toiletries are replaced by metal utensils and bulk dispensers.

And check out the pink accents! We like that, but we have to wonder if (and if so, why) they are targeting female customers with the green-stay concept. There is currently only one location ready for stay, in Lexington, Mass., but 17 more are currently under construction nationwide. Read more here.

Thanks, DahliaCactus!

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