• Element Harrison Opened Newark Location

     
    POSTED September 22, 2014
     
The Element Harrison – Newark, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, is now open and focused on sustainability and high-quality amenities.
 
“Element Harrison – Newark is an exciting addition to the Element portfolio and will provide a smart, sustainable lodging option for travelers to the bustling Newark metropolitan area,” said Brian McGuinness, senior vice president of specialty select brands for Starwood. “Element offers guests a bright, energizing environment that's conducive to both work and play, as well as a line-up of innovative brand-led programming.”
 
Designed by New York architectural firm HWKN, the new hotel features a distinctive façade that tips its hat to the innovative thinking of the Element by Westin brand. By creating a trompe l'oeil effect (trick of the eye), HWKN played with the building’s form – creating the illusion that each window is three dimensional.
 
The 138 stylish, sustainable rooms and suites at Element Harrison – Newark feature modular furniture, flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving, custom-designed closets and original artwork from local artists. Rooms also offer fully-equipped kitchens and the signature Heavenly Bed and spa-inspired bathrooms.
 
Other amenities include a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and a 1,500-square-foot meeting room with a flexible layout that can be customized to meet various business or social needs. Guests can stay on the move by borrowing Element’s complimentary bikes and enjoy free extras including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, the signature RISE breakfast, RELAX evening reception and salon bar carts stocked with premium wines and beers, soft drinks and snacks which are available after hours.
 
Element Harrison – Newark was developed by Ironstate Holdings, LLC and The Pegasus Group as part of the partnership’s larger, mixed-use development.
 
The location is minutes from Manhattan, Jersey City and Newark via the adjacent PATH Station and five miles from Newark International Airport offering easy access to the area’s cultural, recreational, dining and entertainment pursuits. New shops and restaurants are within walking distance. Also nearby is Harrison’s 25,000-seat soccer stadium for the NY Red Bulls team as well as the Prudential Center in Newark which hosts the New Jersey Devils, college basketball and concerts throughout the year.

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