Westbury hotel Viana held its grand opening party Monday, just one day after learning it earned its Energy Star certification.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy created the Energy Star program in an effort to promote energy efficient products and practices in both buildings and homes. Top performing buildings are recognized annually with the Energy Star.
Although the eco-friendly feng shui hotel opened last year, the establishment waited until Monday to hold their grand opening.
“We wanted it to feel perfect, and we’re finally there,” Kathleen Naidus of Samar Hospitality said. Samar Hospitality also operates the Inn at Great Neck, the Four Points Plainview and the Adria/Ramada Hotel.
The hotel is currently working to achieve the highest certification, LEED Gold. LEED is a green building certification system used internationally that lists a framework for building owners and operators to practically implement green techniques in everything from design and construction to operations and maintenance.
“Clean air is kind of like the unsung hero because it’s there but can see it,” Jimmy Carchietta, LEED AP, Founder and CEO of the Cotocon Group said.
The 116-room hotel has a closed loop heating/cooling system, onsite renewable energy and is equipped with solar panels on the LEEDS certified roof that reflects heat to save on energy costs.
The bathrooms of the individual rooms have dual flush toilets where users can determine the amount of water to use for either liquid or solid waste and the sink faucets are water restricted. Above the appliances are signs educating the guests on how they can efficiently use them. Sheets and towels are only replaced upon request and guests are also encouraged to receive an emailed bill in lieu of a paper one.
According to Naidus the clientele is more corporate during the week, with the guests that are usually visiting local businesses. On the weekend the hotel becomes more social, and hosts many wedding groups and local people just looking for a stay-cation.
“Instead of paying for a plane, you can pay for a day of spa services,” Naidus said, referring to the spa that is located at the bottom level of the hotel. Viana also has a restaurant, Marco Polo, and both are open to guests and nonguests.
The entire building is designed around the basic principles of the ancient art of Feng Shui. The hotel said that meticulous planning went into everything from the placement of the furniture to the crystals hanging from the chandeliers.
“The hotel has great energy for your soul and a great environment for your body,” Naidus said. “That’s what makes it an unforgettable experience.”