Frankfurt's new Gateway Gardens district has just become home to the first Element Hotel in Europe. Conceived as an “extended stay hotel,” the Element Frankfurt Airport opened for business on 29 August 2014. In addition to 133 studios and suites, it includes the Spanish restaurant “Limones,” an espresso bar, two meeting rooms, and a gym.
The hotel was designed by the architectural firm of Neumann Architekten, Frankfurt am Main. The project development for the new eight-storey building – raised on a plot of about 1,800 m² directly next to the central park of Gateway Gardens – was realized by the companies OFB Projektentwicklung and Gross & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft.
The Munich-based Bari Group, which opened this first European hotel of the Element brand that is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, was also responsible for the implementation and adaptation of the concept in Frankfurt.
“The Element Hotel combines comfort with sustainability, a concept that perfectly complements Gateway Gardens as the green heart of Frankfurt Airport City,” elaborated Stephan Bender. He heads the Frankfurt office of OFB Projektentwicklung, while also being Managing Director of G&O Gateway Gardens Erste GmbH & Co. KG, a Joint Venture of Groß&PartnerGrundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH, which realizes the development and construction of Element.
“Introducing an innovative hotel concept like that of the Element brand in Gateway Gardens presented a one-off opportunity for us. With one of the world's largest airports in the immediate vicinity, this new forward-looking business quarter offers perfect conditions for our long-term guests. When the chance presented itself to open Europe's first hotel of the Element brand here, we did not hesitate for a moment,” emphasised Marco Bari, Managing Director and CEO of Bari Group.
Source: Gateway Gardens