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Miami, Fla. - Downtown Miami’s sizzling hospitality market is about to get a whole lot greener as a brand new Hampton Inn & Suites in the Brickell Financial District sets its sights on becoming the city’s first LEED‐certified hotel. When Hospitality Operations Inc.’s new 221‐room Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell‐Downtown opens its doors this fall, hotel guests will notice a host of planned environmentally‐conscious features, ranging from charging stations for electric cars, to lights and thermostats that automatically turn off when occupants leave a room. The ‘green’ elements are part of the Hampton Inn & Suites’ Sustainability Initiative, which sets it on track to become the City of Miami’s first newly‐constructed hotel to earn LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Beyond its sustainable features, the new Hampton Inn & Suites will stand out as downtown Miami's newest mid‐range lodging option for business and leisure travelers seeking high‐quality accommodations that offer all the conveniences of an urban location without a steep price tag. The hotel is slated to become only the third Hampton Inn property worldwide to achieve the LEED distinction, a reflection of the challenges that face many hotel operators when faced with the decision to adopt ‘green' design principles.
"While sustainable development has become par for the course in many sectors of real estate, hotels have lagged behind due in large part to above‐average energy and water use and the high volume of laundry processed daily," said Bernard Wolfson, President of Miami‐based hotel development firm Hospitality Operations, Inc., South Florida's largest Hampton Inn‐brand franchisee. "The pedestrian‐friendly setting of our newest Hampton Inn & Suites property in downtown Miami's Brickell Financial District offered an ideal platform for embracing ‘green'
features throughout the project. This commitment to sustainable design will have a triple impact - preserving natural resources, appealing to eco‐conscious travelers, and reducing our operating costs."
The Hampton Inn & Suites project, which is likely to attain LEED Silver certification in early
2012, will incorporate the following sustainable elements:
- A 35,000 gallon cistern to harvest rainwater to be used in public restrooms, for irrigation purposes and for washing down exterior decking and walkways.
- An in‐room energy management system which will power down air conditioning system when guests are not in their rooms.
- Preferred parking spaces for hybrid and electric cars, with charging stations for electric vehicles.
- An ozone laundry system designed to reduce the consumption of water, energy and cleaning chemicals.
- Energy Star‐qualified compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and LED lighting, which will lower energy consumption by 18 percent.
- Low‐flow water fixtures, dual flush toilets, and motion‐activated faucets will reduce water usage by more than 40%, equating to an estimated 500,000 gallons of savings
- Occupancy sensors to control lights in public places and work areas.
- Biodegradable recycled plastic room key cards.
- Environmentally safe, non‐toxic cleaning agents for housekeeping staff.
- Bicycle racks, showers and changing facilities for employees who choose to bike and walk to work.
"Some hotels may overlook environmentally conscious design in favor of guest conveniences and total cost savings, but we believe all are achievable," said Brian Lomel, Principal of TLC Engineering, which is serving as the LEED consultant for the new construction project. "The new Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Miami/Brickell 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 toward ‘green' design in the South Florida hospitality market. This development has the potential to be a market maker."
In addition to its environmentally‐friendly design and construction features, the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Miami‐Brickell is centrally located within walking distance to several public transit options, including the Metromover and Metrorail systems. April 2012 will see the debut of AirportLink, a 2.4‐mile extension of the Metrorail system to Miami International Airport. The hotel's location within walking distance to dozens of retail, restaurant and entertainment options creates a pedestrian‐friendly atmosphere.
Construction of the 15‐story Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell‐Downtown, located at 50 SW 12th Street in Miami's Brickell Financial District, began in mid‐2010 and topped‐off in early 2011. The hotel will employ roughly 75 employees. Property features will include a rooftop pool, full‐service bar, exercise room, business center, 10,000 square feet of ground‐floor retail space, a 210‐space parking garage, and 3,500 square feet of meeting space. Guests will enjoy free hot breakfast daily and complimentary wireless internet. Breaking out of the midrange hotel ‘mold,' the property will feature modern, upscale interior design, original artwork by local artists, and sleek patterns and colors that evoke Miami's hip persona.
About Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell‐Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell‐Downtown is a 15‐story, 221‐room hotel located at 50 SW 12th Street in Miami, Florida's Brickell Financial District. Featuring a modern, upscale interior design, the hotel includes contemporary amenities including a rooftop pool, full‐service bar and exercise room with free, hot breakfast daily and complimentary wireless internet. The property also features 10,000 square feet of street‐level retail space and 3,500 square feet of meeting space - all within walking distance to dozens of shops, restaurants and office towers in addition to Miami's public transportation systems. The hotel, which is LEED registered with the US Green Building Council, was developed by Miami‐based hotel development firm Hospitality Operations, Inc. which operates a portfolio of five Hampton Inn franchises in South Florida, including properties in Coconut Grove, Pembroke Pines, downtown Ft. Lauderdale and the Miami Airport market. Learn more at www.hamptoninnmiamibrickell.com.
About Hampton by Hilton As the number one ranked franchise for the past eight years, according to Entrepreneur®, Hampton by Hilton, including Hampton Inn by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, serves value-conscious and quality-driven travelers with more than 2,200 properties totaling more than 223,000 rooms in 19 countries and territories. High quality accommodations and amenities, such as complimentary Wi-Fi and free hot breakfast, contribute to Hampton by Hilton ranking as a leader in its segment. Hampton by Hilton Team Members deliver friendly, authentic, caring and thoughtful service defined as Hamptonality. Hampton by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hampton by Hilton, visit www.hampton.com or news.hampton.com and connect online at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.