It's becoming much easier to find great lodging that also employs terrific eco-friendly initiatives. From coast to coast as well as the Midwest, there are hotels care as much about the environment as they do about other amenities.The Allison Inn — Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotel Group
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa - Visitors have enjoyed these New Mexico hot springs for centuries. Solar power supplies some heat and rainwater supports irrigation. A spring-fueled geothermal system heats and cools buildings, there's an on-site water treatment facility, and landscaping features native plants. New construction employs salvaged materials and low VOC paints. Bask in natural warmth, knowing the environment is well taken care of too.Pool at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa — Photo courtesy of Lisa Waterman Gray
El Monte Sagrado - Luxury, color and natural materials abound at this Taos hotel. Plant-filled Biolariums house the pool and the Living Spa™, while recycled black and gray water fuel irrigation and a Ground Loop Heat Exchange System moderates building temperatures. Ponds also treat, store and disperse collected storm water. This beautiful hotel seamlessly incorporates environmental responsibility.
Adoba Hotel - Eco-Platinum Rooms at this recently renovated South Dakota hotel feature wall-spanning murals on eco-friendly canvas and luxury bedding from natural materials. There’s eco-friendly carpet as well as water amplifying showerheads. Restaurant meals also utilize local and organic ingredients as often as possible. No matter which room you choose the environment will thank you.
Allison Inn & Spa – Portland’s LEED Gold-certified Allison offers gas fireplaces and earth tones in every room. There’s solar-heated water, photo voltaic cells generate seven percent of electricity, and ‘green eco-roofing’ covers the west wing. The hotel has also planted mature trees and created a 1.5 acre Chef’s Garden and Greenhouse. Green cleaners and energy efficient appliances foster environmentally sensitive surroundings.
Burnham Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel – Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this Chicago hotel couples 1895 touches with ‘green’ practices including extensive recycling, minimal water use and nontoxic cleaners. Certified by the Green Key Eco-Rating, and awarded for their eco-friendly focus, Kimpton’s booking codes allow guests to donate $10 of their room cost to an environmental organization.
Southwest Inn – Named Best Sedona Arizona Hotel for four consecutive years, this adobe-walled property recycled materials during property renovation. Low water toilets, individual climate controls and a fireplace in every room are other green features. The hotel uses china plates and a timed drip system to water native plants while heat resistant roof materials and low reflectivity paint enhance accommodations.
Hilton Asheville Biltmore Farms - This LEED Silver Certified hotel is the first new build LEED certified hotel among Hiltons in the U.S. There’s a large-scale solar water heating system, and conservation methods reduce water consumption considerably. Fryer oil fuels the biodiesel shuttle, while no bottled water and extensive composting keep this Hilton on the eco-friendly cutting edge.
The Hotel Griffon - Voted ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ by San Francisco Magazine, this ‘green’ property offers gorgeous waterfront views. Eco-friendly bath products and recycled stationery are several green features. With Silver certification by Green Seal, Inc., Hotel Griffon offers recycling for guests and composts or donates leftover food. Climate-hardy plants and energy efficient building equipment enhance European-inspired surroundings.
Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach - The state’s first Silver LEED certified resort offers electric car charging stations, donates leftover soap and shampoo for recycling and uses water-saving bathroom fixtures. Guests sleep amid low-emission construction materials and a chilled water air-conditioning system, while geothermal energy heats and ozone cleans the pool. This is beachside lodging with a green heart.
WaterColor Inn and Resort – Beach-inspired colors decorate this AAA Four Diamond-rated resort. Recognized by the Florida Green Lodging Program, this property strives for optimal water use and conservation. It also employs reduced and improved energy use, as well as eco-friendly waste management and indoor air quality practices. Recently refurbished guest rooms offer casual luxury and green comfort.