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Published July 27th 2019
Doggone-friendly, eco hotel that cares about your health
Element by Westin, part of the Marriott brand, just opened the Element Melbourne in the new Botanicca Corporate Park just off Swan Street in Richmond.
The hotel differs from other flash new hotels for while it offers a streamlined, modern and blissful stay, it also ensures you don't miss out on the important things in like such as the company of your precious pet and the healthy routine you likely keep up at home.
A holiday normally means sending Fido to a kennel or a pet sitter. This is an added expense and you can't always fully relax knowing your best friend is probably pining for you. The Element Melbourne Richmond allows guests to bring their dog (by pre-arrangement). We are talking pet beds, toys and even a dog-friendly minibar.
They can't dine in the restaurant with you but there are plenty of outside eating areas and room service.
Dogs have their own printed menu. You may have to read it to them and be guided when they wag their tail. Choices include chicken breast with roasted cauliflower, market-fresh fish with steamed carrot and the Quarter Hounder, pan-fried steak with green veggies. I assume you'll be asked how your dog likes his steak cooked.
I attended the opening and dogs took pride of place. They had their own pet grooming station, cakes and treats. I hadn't seen such an array of breeds since the page of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy. There were poodles, pointers, dachshunds, and the short-haired and curly.
A lot of people try and maintain healthy routines at home. Trouble is that when you go on holidays this can fall apart at the first hotel buffet breakfast. But not at Element. The hotel promotes a balanced approach to living and travel.
They offer the Rise breakfast, with chef-made omelettes, and even a fresh fruit and yoghurt station. A Restore grab-and-go pantry is available to purchase snacks and food items to prepare in one's room.
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As Element is on the banks of the Yarra River, it is easy to go for a walk, or a run. You can cycle all the way into the city along this popular bike trail if you choose. There is a complimentary Bikes-to-Borrow program.
How cool is this space? Photo @nadinecresswellmyatt
You also have access to a 24/7 Motion Fitness centre fitted with the latest Technogym Equipment that offers yoga classes and there is even a mat in the outdoor igloo if you would like to do your yoga outside.
Element was designed by award-winning Melbourne architects, Rothelowman, and the striking curved façade mirrors the winding Yarra River. Interior spaces, connect guests with the locale as the Australian flora in the hotel's surrounds inspires the tones.