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1.17.2014

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Hotels in the U.S.

With winter almost over and spring on the way, the long awaited vacation season is almost upon us. Whether you plan to explore your own city or head out to explore places you’ve never been, there are now more opportunities than ever to make your summer vacation an eco-friendly one.

Hotels right across America are rising to the global challenge and doing all they can to conserve energy and resources to lower their carbon footprint. Take a look at AreaVibes selection of top eco-friendly hotels which are well worth a visit for those who like to enjoy life’s luxuries without the eco-guilt.

The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas

Situated in the heart of the Strip, the Palazzo Resort Hotel was, at the time of its construction, the largest LEED Silver Certified building in the U.S. Designed to re-use waste energy and reduce its environmental impact. Some parts of the building even operate as self sustaining. Whether you are looking for an invigorating, activity filled vacation or maybe a luxury business trip, this stunning hotel offers luxury suites and rooms, top quality shows, health facilities, award winning chefs and over 2.25 million square foot of space.

Ink48 Hotel – New York City

New York just had to feature in our list and the award winning Ink48 Hotel does not disappoint. Not only does Ink48 offer a wide range of eco-conscious amenities but it also embraces the whole green living concept through its very own Earth Care Program. At this midtown Manhattan hotel boutique style luxury and sustainability go hand in hand. Located close to NYC’s top theatres, shops and attractions, this stylish, urban retreat comes complete with destination spa, a breathtaking skyline view and acclaimed dining at Print Restaurant.

The Westin Bonaventure – Los Angeles

The Westin Bonaventure was the first hotel in LA to reach the environmental standards set out by Green Seal. Widely regarded as a city within a city, it is probably the most famous Downtown Hotel in Los Angeles and provides the ultimate urban oasis in the heart of the business district. The Westin is one of the most photographed destinations in the world and you only need take a stroll through the beautiful seven storey atrium lobby to see why. Encompassing an entire city block, the hotel offers 1,354 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, the largest ballroom in the city and the largest hotel spa in LA.

L’Auberge Del Mar – San Diego

L’Auberge De Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is ranked among some of the top resorts in the world by Conde Nast. This luxury villa offers a range of sustainable initiatives which it calls ‘Destination Earth’. The program ensures that free range and organic food is used where possible as well as decreasing energy and water usage throughout the hotel. San Diego makes a great vacation destination and scores an impressive 78 for livability according to Area Vibes.


W San Francisco Hotel – San Francisco

Guests at the W San Francisco Hotel are actively encouraged to ‘stay green, glamorous and global’ by enjoying sustainable practices without sacrificing that all important relaxation time. Located in the heart of the SoMA district, the hotel enjoys panoramic views of Bay Bridge and the city skyline. With a recently renovated living room, an upstairs drink boutique as well as the wonderful Bliss Spa it is the perfect place to relax and rest with a clean and green conscience.

Have we missed your favorite U.S. Eco-friendly hotel out of our list? If so, let us know all about it in the comments box below.

David Wilson is a travel writer discovering the best places to live and visit across America.

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