HARRISON, NJ-Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to open a 138-unit hotel at Harrison Station in 2014 with its “eco-wise” Element brand, the Stamford, CT-based company announced today.
The hotel will be developed and owned by Ironstate Holdings, the Hoboken-based company which opened a 300-unit residential complex in the redevelopment area around the station last year.
The Element Harrison will be the brand’s second hotel in New Jersey, after the Element Ewing Princeton. The Element brand, launched in 2008, was the first major hotel brand to designate that all its buildings would be built “green,” meeting the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.
“Element Harrison will provide a fresh, new update on lodging that will appeal to travelers to the bustling Newark metropolitan area,” said Brian McGuinness, a senior vice-president with Starwood. “The Element brand offers guests a bright, energizing environment that’s conducive to both work and play.” The hotel will be managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts.
Element Harrison will have a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and a 1,500-square-foot meeting space with state-of-the-art technology. Rooms designed to accommodate business travelers will have swiveling flat-screen televisions and large desks with open shelving, spa-inspired bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens.
“We’re very excited to introduce Element to Harrison and expect the brand’s fusion of style, personal wellbeing and sustainability will resonate with guests,” says James Ronga, the vice-president of Ironstate Holdings. “Our location adjacent to the PATH Station and so close to Newark Liberty International Airport will also make Element Harrison a highly attractive choice for travelers on the go.”
The Harrison Station PATH station offers a direct connection to Newark Penn Station and the city’s business district, and also quick trips to Jersey City, and lower Manhattan. The hotel will be situated a short walk from the Red Bulls professional soccer team stadium in Harrison. The Prudential Center in Newark, which is home to the New Jersey Devils professional hockey team, college basketball, concerts, family shows and special events, is also nearby.