US: Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is set to debut this spring as what is claimed to be the first net zero hotel in the United States.
The property will utilise renewable solar power sources on site to generate the electricity needed for the communal spaces, restaurant, laundry, meeting rooms, and 165 guest rooms.
Operating independently of fossil fuels, Hotel Marcel will not emit any carbon emissions.
Lead architect, developer and owner Bruce Redman Becker, said: “We are all responsible for confronting the climate crisis, and that sense of obligation factored into every decision we made in creating Hotel Marcel New Haven.
“The opening of this revolutionary hotel, which is giving new life to a New Haven landmark, is a momentous occasion for travellers, the industry and the planet. Guests will be ensured a terrific hotel experience and can relax knowing that both they, and the environment, are being cared for during their stay.”
Becker has directed the architectural firm Becker + Becker since 1988. The group, along with partner Dutch East Design, have retained elements of the original building’s heritage as the Armstrong Rubber Company Headquarters.
Details include restored wood-panelled walls in suites that were once the Armstrong executive offices and meeting rooms. Repurposed materials have been used throughout the hotel.
Other features include a power-over-ethernet lighting system which reduces lighting energy by 30 per cent, triple-glazed windows to insulate guest rooms and maintain stable temperatures, 12 Tesla Superchargers or level-two chargers for electric vehicles, and more.
The kitchen at Hotel Marcel’s restaurant BLDG will use induction heating and will run on electricity. The menu will focus on locally sources items and organic wines. A grab-and-go station including a water filling station will also be available.
Jenna Hackett, global brand head of Tapestry Collection by Hilton, said: “Hotel Marcel New Haven is a major milestone for the Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand as the first anticipated net-zero hotel in the US. Each Tapestry Collection property displays an original style and personality while also encouraging guests to explore local destinations.
“Hotel Marcel New Haven will connect travellers with the New Haven area while inspiring them to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of their stay. We look forward to celebrating this new and exciting chapter for this unique landmark with our guests.”
Hotel Marcel New Haven is accepting bookings from 19 May 2022 onwards. Further information can be found here.