New hotel a vision of the future of the city

BURLINGTONMixing business with pleasure is one thing, and mixing business with earth-friendly practices is entirely another. Burlingtons newest hotel, the Marriott Courtyard Burlington Harbor, geared towards the business traveler, has plans to combine all three. The hotel, situated on Battery Street with prime views of Lake Champlain is expected to open within the month. While featuring the many luxuries one might expect from the hotel, it will also include several surprising, eco-friendly details. Joe Carton, general manager, said the hotel will include two waterless urinals which will save roughly 40,000 gallons of water per year, will bring filtered air from the roof into the guest rooms in lieu of being able to open windows, and will also utilize Seventh Generation cleaning products, testing out the earth-friendly companys first commercial products. The Burlington-based company has never had anything but household offerings, and working in conjunction with two Burlington partners of the hotel, Jay Canning and Charles DesLauriers, Seventh Generation will be able to Convey success that were hopefully going to experience in another distinct field for them, said Carton. The idea behind the local partnership began partly due to the fact that both Canning and DesLauriers grew up in the area and have a strong sense of what Vermont is like and the work Seventh Generation has done, said Carton. Were building a very unique hotel in a very unique location. DesLauriers said that using Seventh Generation products seemed to be a natural choice, with the companys headquarters down the street from the Marriott Courtyard. He also said that environmental awareness is an emerging trend that is here to stay. While he is also a part-owner of a hotel in Jackson Hole that is LEED certified, DesLauriers said they wanted to extend environmental consciousness into the day-to-day. Director of New Business Development for Seventh Generation, Dave Rapaport, said that although theyve been approached with similar ideas before, this project coincided with a time when the business is thinking about serving that market. He said they are using this opportunity as a pilot project to further understand the market and decide if they want to serve a broader range. Its important for us to look at a more diverse range of business, and finding ways the benefits of our products can benefit a wider range of people. While Seventh Generations new commercial products are still being tested, eventually the hotel plans to use the following earth-friendly cleaning products: Room deodorizer, glass cleaner, shower cleaner, carpet cleaner, and a bathroom cleaner. The products have been tested in the Marriott TownePlace Suites in Williston, and after receiving feedback from room attendants, the company has been reformulating as needed. Deslauriers said its a win-win situation, with green operating practices for the hotel, and a marketing opportunity for Seventh Generation. Its fun were able to get together on this, he said. Theyve shown they're good at what they do. The hotel will also feature an 8,000 square foot green roof harbor terrace on top of the parking deck that will serve as both enjoyment for guests and will capture rainwater as an environmental initiative, meanwhile softening the landscape of an urban parking structure. The structure, which is the only one of its kind in Vermont, said Carton, cost about $200,000. The Marriott Courtyard partners are also working with Burlington City Arts to have a revolving art space for local artists, and will also feature a painting of the Burlington city scape from the lake by local artist Scott Dubois at the front desk. While incorporating local character and green practices into the hotel, the partners didnt skimp on the luxuries. The finer things at the new Burlington Marriott Courtyard include breakfast overlooking the lake, valet parking, a large, full-equipped exercise facility, and a ninth floor hospitality suite with gorgeous views of the city. Aside from the 127 guest rooms, there are 10 two-room suites, and seven whirlpool suites where you could be soaking in the tub with a spectacular view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. DesLauriers said theyve created a unique hotel for the site and feels it reflects the future of the city. Noting a trend in smaller boutique hotels in the hospitality industry, DesLauriers said the new Marriott Courtyard is Burlingtons interpretation of that.

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