Element Melbourne Richmond sits near the Yarra River.

Eco-conscious and wellness lifestyle brand, Element by Westin, is now welcoming guests, having opened its doors today and marking the debut of the Marriott International brand to Australia.

Located in Melbourne’s new Botanicca Corporate Park near the Yarra River in Melbourne, the hotel is owned and has been developed by TRC (Aust) and is aimed at both the short and long-term markets, offering both immediate and extended lifestyle programs for guests. Designed by Melbourne architects Rothlowman to curve around the riverbank, rooms feature a gentle colour scheme inspired by Australian flora, with large windows to maximise natural light. Sustainability and environmental initiatives can be found throughout the hotel, typified by examples such as energy-saving LED lighting, water-saving taps and fixtures and CO2 sensors to monitor air quality.

A 24-hour fitness centre features within the hotel, along with the ‘Bikes to Borrow’ program, which as the name suggests, allows guests to access bicycles to ride around the nearby parkland.

A Balcony King Room at Element Melbourne Richmond.

Other wellness options include yoga classes and the Relax Reception, which takes place four nights per week and offers guests access to local beers, wines and snack bites.

Westin’s Signature ‘Heavenly’ bed can be found in each room along with high-speed WiFi and spa-inspired bathrooms. Guests can make use of the 24/7 Restore Grab and Go Bar which features for-purchase snacks and food items which can be prepared using the in-room kitchenettes.

Marriott International Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Sean Hunt, said the entry of the Element brand to Australia was a significant milestone for the company.

“A recognised industry leader in the longer-stay eco space, Element Hotels promotes a balanced approach to living and travel. The debut comes as travellers are increasingly seeking out accommodation that offers a flexible environment to live, work and connect.”