Starhotels E.c.ho Milano, a 143-bedroom hotel which was completely converted from a classic urban hotel into an ‘eco hotel’ in central Milan in 2011, has won the ‘Sustainable Design’ award at the European Hotel Design Awards 2012.
Designed by Andrea Auletta, Starhotels E.c.ho Milano is a stylish hotel which has implemented eco-friendly policies, from low energy consumption technology to eco-sustainable materials, furnishings and fabrics.
Andrea Auletta was born in Milan in 1973, where he graduated in Interior Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in 1997.From 1996 to 1998 he served as trainee at the Design Office of Andrea Branzi in Milan, actively working on interior and industrial design projects. In 1996 he started working as a professional with Starhotels, an Italian hotel group with a collection of 22 luxury hotels located in the most attractive Italian destinations, as well as in Paris and New York.
The group’s Starhotels E.c.ho. Milano property beat competition in its category from the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport, England and the New Hotel in Athens, Greece.
The rooms are personalised by floral photo-murals. When guests are not in their rooms, intelligent climatisation and lighting systems avoid waste of energy.
The bathrooms have taps that reduce water consumption without compromising maximum comfort and are completely clad with wood-pattern porcelain stoneware to create a contemporary boiserie effect
The ecological flooring is made of parquet-effect porcelain stoneware. The space is resonant with stainless steel and a large backlit mirror
Starhotels E.c.ho Milano features Orto Green Food & Mood restaurant, which is a scenographic and bright space. The restaurant is also decorated with large light fixtures made with thin leaves of wood, almost transparent, like petals of flowers.
The hotel also offers five conference rooms which have a built-in flexibility to seat 30 to 80 delegates. It has an overall capacity of 240 seats with multi-functional hi-tech facilities.