Element Vaughan Southwest has opened in Vaughan, Ontario, part of the greater Toronto area, the first international hotel within Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s eco-wise Element portfolio. Built green from the ground up, the hotel is all-suite, with 152 units, located between Pearson International Airport and downtown Toronto. According to Brian McGuinness, senior VP of specialty brands for Starwood, Element is the first major hotel brand to mandate all properties pursue the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for high-performance buildings.
Among other elements of Element, the hotels have common work and play areas flooded with natural light via 16-foot windows; light-filled suites with recycling bins, recycled tire flooring and mountings for art and soy-based fabrics; low-flow faucets and fixtures in bathrooms; en-suite kitchens with filtered water and energy-efficient appliances; and Motion, a 24-hour fitness center with signature “pedal-powered” stationary bike charging stations, which powers up personal electronic devices while guests exercise.
Vaughan is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, McGuinness said, a city of 288,301 which according to Statistics Canada, the country’s official numbers keeper, had a population of 288,301 in 2011, a jump of 20.7 percent from 2006. Canada’s national average growth is 5.9 percent. For information on Element Vaughan Southwest, visit www.elementvaughansouthwest.com