Marriott International, Inc. recently unveiled the first TownePlace Suites hotel opened as part of its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environment Volume Program) Volume Program -- the TownePlace Suites Denver Airport at Gateway Park in Colorado. TownePlace Suites is Marriott's second brand with a hotel built using its LEED Volume program, and this particular extended stay hotel in Denver is the brand's LEED Volume prototype.
"With the increase in global travel, we have a responsibility to ease our business impact on our natural environment. Our LEED Volume program puts us at the forefront of the industry and it helps support our sustainable initiatives," said Karim Khalifa, senior vice president of architecture and construction. The program also allows our owners and franchisees to build sustainable hotels economically with a predictable return on investment and that our guests will love, "This platform is an important part of Marriott's global expansion and our commitment to build our hotels in an eco-sensitive way."
Opened May 8, 2012, the TownePlace Suites Denver, like all Marriott LEED Volume hotels, features a number of elements that focus on energy and water efficiency and recycling. Some of those elements include:
- Light-colored roofing that reflects heat and saves energy;
- 70 percent ENERGY STAR® certified appliances including refrigerators, TVs, computers and kitchen equipment;
- Water-efficient toilets and aerated bathroom faucets;
- 10 percent of the building materials used contain recycled content;
- "On Demand" ventilation that provides fresh air for occupied spaces without wasting energy on unoccupied areas of the property;
- LED lighting -- controls that turn off the lights;
- Incorporates high-tech daylight sensors to reduce electrical lighting with natural sun light and
- Uses renewable energy sources such as solar or wind.
This hotel near downtown Denver also features a warm lobby and friendly "hello" signage that welcomes guests to the check-in area, where guests and staff interact using a floor-to-ceiling TowneMap® that helps guests settle into the local area by featuring great places to eat, popular night spots, recreation areas, shopping and services, such as dry cleaners and local car wash outlets.
The hotel is also near Denver Airport and offers guests a complimentary continental breakfast every morning in the lobby area, as well as 24-hour complimentary On Us(SM) coffee service. Guests who want a quick snack can also select food and beverage items from the 24-hour access In a Pinch® Market.
Marriott's entire select-service and extended-stay portfolios -- Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites -- are all LEED Volume certified. In addition to the LEED Volume certified TownePlace Suites Denver, the Residence Inn Austin in Texas, which is scheduled to open in early 2013 will be the first of its brand to be LEED Volume certified. The SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn brands have projects under development. Across the Marriott portfolio, there are more than 90 hotels that are LEED- certified or registered by the USGBC.
About TownePlace Suites by Marriott
TownePlace Suites is an all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand in the moderate price range. Ideal for travelers who need accommodations for a week or more, TownePlace Suites offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate living/working and sleeping areas. Launched in 1997, the brand currently has more than 200 locations in the United States and Canada. TownePlace Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the TownePlace Suites Frederick directly at 301-624-0500, call the TownePlace Suites toll-free number at 800-257-3000 or visit www.towneplacesuites.com.