Best Eco-Friendly Hotels (In my opinion)
As Kermit the frog once said “It’s not easy being green” but these hotels have gone above and beyond to promote a lot of what this generation craves… environmental sustainability. Through out their not so easy journey each of these properties have earned Platinum, Gold or Silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (also known as LEED by the US Green Building Council).
The Ritz Carlton Charlotte
Averages $500.00 + per night
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The Ritz Carlton Charlotte first opened their doors back in 2009. They became the first Ritz Carlton in the WORLD to attain LEED Gold Status. With their back of the house conservation efforts this hotel uses 30% less energy in comparison to the other conventional properties.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
Averages $300.00 + per night
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Settled on the East River waterfront with magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline. Also at LEED Gold status, the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge uses native greenery and reclaimed materials such as recycled carpets, rocks for Do Not Disturb signs, and trees that have fallen being used to make furniture for the hotel to bring a touch of nature to the unique property. Brooklyn isn’t the only area where you can find this property, the 1 brand also has a property alongside Central Park, along the strip of West Hollywood in Los Angeles, and one in the heart of South Beach Miami. All that follow the going green movement.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Averages $400.00 + per night
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The Andaz Maui who holds LEED Silver status occupies 15 beautiful beachfront acres on the island of Maui. A majority of the rooms have an oceanfront view, you also get to enjoy eco-friendly spa services, free wifi, four infinity pools, and five on property dining options.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
Averages $180.00 + per night
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The Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Philadelphia is where eco-friendly and luxury are a match made in heaven. This Gold LEED status property allows their guests to enjoy amazing perks such as free bike rentals, yoga mats in every room, and a true 24 hour fitness center. Along with most of the rooms having incredible views of the Philadelphia skyline, this property is truly a dream.
The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas (Formally the Mandarin Oriental)
Averages $300.00 + per night
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The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas which was previously known as the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, is definitely not your typical Las Vegas strip hotel. It truly stands out from the rest with them being smoke and gambling free. Still maintaining a modern design and sleek style throughout the property. When this was the Mandarin Oriental this was the first hotel from the brand that received LEED certification when it reached gold status in 2009.