The new Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Miami's Brickell financial district is due to open its doors next month, and is set to earn the distinction of being the first newly built LEED certified hotel in Miami.
The Hampton Inn & Suites looks likely to receive LEED Silver certification early next year. It is also the only hotel in the downtown Miami/Brickell area which is in the mid-range price bracket, as this area has more luxury hotel properties than anywhere else in Florida. Once Miami-based hotel development firm, Hospitality Operations Inc. opens the doors to this new hotel, guests will notice a plethora of environmentally friendly features.
These include thermostats and lights which automatically turn off once a room is unoccupied, air conditioning systems which power down when guests are not in their rooms, low flow water fixtures and biodegradable recycled plastic room key cards. Owners of hybrid and electric cars will benefit from preferred parking spaces, with charging stations for electric vehicles.
The rooms will be cleaned using environmentally friendly non-toxic cleaning agents, and an ozone laundry system will reduce the use of chemicals, energy and water. There is a 35,000 gallon cistern designed to harvest rainwater which will be used for public restrooms and irrigation purposes. Employees will be encouraged to bike and walk to work as there are bicycle racks and changing and showering facilities.
Bernard Wolfson, president of Hospitality Operations Inc. commented that hotel development had sometimes lagged behind other sectors of real estate, and had this to say about their latest property ”The pedestrian friendly setting of our newest Hampton Inn & Suite property in downtown Miami's Brickell Financial District offered an ideal platform for embracing ‘green’ features throughout the project." He went on to point out that the design should have a triple impact in that it would appeal to tourists seeking an eco-friendly option, would preserve natural resources and reduce operating costs.
Brian Lomel, Principal of TLC Engineering who served as the LEED consultant for the new construction project said that the new hotel is "bridging the gap between sustainability and affordability, and the result will likely be a positive guest experience. Once the hotel becomes Miami's first to earn LEED certification next year, we should experience a welcome shift towards ‘green’ design in the South Florida hospitality market.
Read more about the features of this 221 room hotel here.