New York gains eco-hotel

Eco-conscious brand 1 Hotel has just opened its first property in New York.

The 229 room 1 Hotel Central Park, just a block from its namesake green space, has furniture and ceilings made from reclaimed timber, bathrooms featuring reclaimed brick and organic toiletries, and beds with hemp-blend mattresses.

The restaurant, called Jams, serves organic, locally-sourced seasonal cuisine and guests are given goodie-bags with healthy snacks on arrival.

Bathrooms include hourglasses to encourage guests to conserve water by keeping showers to five minutes.

Paper usage is minimised with electronic check-in, in-room tablets preloaded with newspapers and magazines and bedside blackboards in lieu of notepads.

Electric vehicles will ferry guests within a 15-block radius and there is complimentary valet parking for guests' electric cars or bicycles.

"It is sometimes said that 'green' design and luxury cannot co-exist. We were excited to take on that stereotype and attempt to disrupt the thinking about environmentally-conscious venues," said Greg Bradshaw, a principal at design agency AvroKO, which worked on the project.

The 1 Hotel chain is part of Starwood Capital Group, and the brainchild of Starwood Hotels and Resorts founder Barry Sternlicht.

The first 1 Hotel opened in Miami in March. A second New York hotel is planned for next year near Brooklyn Bridge.