Sunday, November 3, 2013

STYLISH HOTELS - NEW YORK

By Eva Fydrych

All About Balance

Photos by Eva Fydrych (1,3,7,9) and courtesy of Element Times Square


NEW YORK - During my recent trip to New York, I had a chance to stay at a very interesting hotel - Element New York Times Square West. Inspired by nature and created to be an oasis of natural light, this eco-friendly hotel is a perfect place to unwind and relax (especially during busy events such as the Fashion Week).

Unique design elements of the hotel include flooring and furniture made from recycled fabrics, wall art mounted on a base made from recycled tires, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint to improve air quality, energy efficient light bulbs, and low-flow faucets.

Each room features a flowing, functional layout with multi-use furniture which allows you to adjust the space to your own needs and make the most out of your stay. Nature-inspired color palette encourages relaxation. According to some design experts, such as Barbara Huelat, "exposure to natural materials and images have the benefit of reminding humans of their evolution and connections to nature". Bringing earth tones into the hotel interior provides a soothing, calming environment that promotes the sense of well-being.



Lobby (Photo courtesy of the hotel) Click to enlarge

Lounge with free Wi-Fi, a 42" LCD TV and a library (Photo courtesy of the hotel)


DINING

Element Times Square offers healthy breakfast options such as fruit smoothies, breakfast wraps, whole wheat and 5 grain bread, seasonal fruit, muffins, yogurt, soy milk, and hot beverages. Restore, a 24 hour gourmet grab & go pantry, has a variety of delicious snacks (such as dried apricots or seasoned Asian mix with soy nuts) and all the necessary ingredients for an easy meal in your room.

There is also a complimentary Evening Reception 4 nights per week. Several restaurants offering international cuisine are located within easy walking distance of the hotel.



Rise - complimentary breakfast bar each morning (Photo courtesy of the hotel)


FACILITIES

One of the hotel's main attractions is a rooftop patio overlooking the bustling Midtown Manhattan and a fully equipped gym, where you can maintain your healthy lifestyle when away from home. Element Times Square also offers complimentary Bike Lending Program, available on first-come, first-served basis.

There is also a really innovative service which is becoming more and more popular with the hotel guests. "We offer a special stationary bike in our fitness center that has a pedal-powered generator. This lets our guests charge their tablet or smart phone as they exercise." - explains Lynn Woods, Assistant General Manager.



Rooftop patio (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Fitness center (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine


GUEST ROOMS

All rooms offer the signature Westin Heavenly® Bed (super comfortable!) and complimentary high speed internet access. There is a smart entertainment center with a 32" LCD TV that swivels 359 degrees for visibility throughout the room, a DVD player and an extensive television channel lineup that includes on-demand programming.

Fully-equipped kitchens allow the guests to create simple meals within the comforts of their own room. All kitchens are complete with Energy Star kitchen appliances, recycled paper products and energy efficient water filters. Eat well, live well!

Spacious bathrooms feature resource-conserving bathroom fixtures, signature bath amenities in eco-friendly dispensers, spa-inspired shower with rainfall head and handheld wand and a hairdryer. "Hydrate", a moisturizing face and body lotion (made in Canada), has a light texture and a pleasant, refreshing scent.


Kitchen (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Kitchen - room 2107 (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Coffee available in the room (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Kitchen (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

 Bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

 Bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Bedroom - room 2107 (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Bathroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)


PHILOSOPHY

Inspired by Westin® Hotels & Resorts, Element Hotels promote balance through flowing, multi-purpose spaces. Influenced by nature, the smart, environmentally-friendly design maximizes space and enables you to use each area in multiple ways.

"We believe it’s important for you to achieve a sense of balance – particularly while traveling for extended periods. By stimulating the senses and soothing the spirit, Element helps you relax and refresh, so you can get back to your best self." - Starwood Hotels



Comfortable armchair - room 2107 (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Face and body lotion (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


WHAT WE LIKE

  • the eco-friendly concept of the hotel and promoting a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle
  • excellent location, perfect for both business and pleasure (walking distance to Times Square, only 3 subway stops from Lincoln Center - the official venue of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
  • amazing view from the rooftop patio
  • having your own kitchen
  • all-white bathroom with good lighting and a lot of space to move around

Eva Fydrych


Exterior (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Lobby (Photo courtesy of the hotel)


LOCATION

Element Times Square is located within minutes from all of New York's great local area attractions, dining, shopping, and entertainment; 3 blocks from the lights of Broadway and 8 miles to LaGuardia Airport, a short walk to Macy’s and Radio City Music Hall, and steps to the subway for easy access to the city’s must-see sites. For more information, please click here.



Photo courtesy of the hotel (Click to enlarge)




311 West 39th Street
New York, New York 10018
United States

Phone: 212-643-0770
Hotel Reservations: 877-782-0151


Special rates available for stays of 3 nights or more!

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*Special thank you to Element by WESTIN for hosting Fashion Studio Magazine in September 2013.

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