Happy Earth Day! Going green is a justified trend that is steadily being embraced by hotels across the world. It’s a necessary environmental movement, and we’re seeing hotels work to engage guests and the community in eco-friendly efforts. Hotels are getting creative with the implementation of organic food and spa products, the use of recycled materials, and activities like bike-share programs – making it easy and fun to go green.
If you’re thinking about planning a green getaway, we have compiled five of author Tim Beatley’s Biophilic Cities (urban areas that are abundant with nature), along with each destination’s average paid price according to the Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ and some top hotel recommendations, if you’re thinking about visiting.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – (2013 HPI: $122/night)
This Midwestern city has a vision of green for the next 10 years. Published in 2013, “Refresh Milwaukee,” is a road map to a more sustainable community that includes a Green Team, restoration projects and massive ecological initiatives focused on its three rivers and Lake Michigan. The Brewhouse Inn & Suites is one hotel embodying Milwaukee’s mission. Now a beautiful LEED Platinum certified building, complete with a wall made of recycled bottles and an expansive collection of artifacts, the hotel was once the former Pabst Blue Ribbon beer brewery. Through extensive eco-friendly development, this extended-stay hotel is also an extension of the city’s growing sustainable community.
Oslo, Norway – (2013 HPI: $188/night)
“The Blue and the Green and the City in Between” is the motto of this Nordic city, where 94 percent of its residents live near a park or a green space. Two thirds of Oslo is in protected forest, encouraging residents to embrace the environment around them. Scandic Byporten is one of Oslo’s modern eco-friendly hotels with a focus on sustainable practices for its guests. Eco-friendly foodies rejoice – the breakfast menu includes organic products to support agriculture and reduce the use of pesticides. Likewise, the hotel’s passion for sustainable action continues by deriving electricity from wind and hydro power, decreasing pollution and helping to fight climate change.
San Francisco, California – (2013 HPI: $198/night)
San Francisco is an eco-innovator with the goal to become waste free by 2030. “Renew, Reuse, Relax” is the motto used by the eco-friendly Good Hotel in San Francisco located in the heart of the stylish SoMa district. The hotel is constructed of almost all recyclable materials and is making going green trendy by maintaining its motto through fun activities for guests such as a digital photo booth in the lobby, in-room chalkboards and complimentary bicycles.
Phoenix, Arizona – (2013 HPI: $103/night)
Despite being a large metropolitan area, Phoenix, Arizona is home to an abundance of nature. Preservation efforts in and around the city allow residents and visitors to enjoy the regions’ beautiful deserts, mountains and parks. The Arizona Grand Resort is an official LEED certified hotel equipped with a Green Task Force that implements sustainable practices, along with a completely organic spa and beautiful golf course that was awarded “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest. The panoramic views of the breathtaking Sonoran Desert and surrounding mountain vistas allow visitors to step right into the beauty of Phoenix.
Singapore – (HPI 2013: $212/night)
Singapore has risen to the challenge of creating a natural space within a highly dense metropolitan area. With community gardens and rooftop greenery, Singapore has achieved the 47 percent green area mark. While Singapore is known as a “city in a garden,” the PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel is known as the “hotel in a garden.” The hotel uses state-of-the-art methods to go green, including the installation of lush sky gardens, light, rain and motion sensors and other techniques to reduce the wasting of natural resources. The light, airy and refreshing architecture makes guests feel they are in a relaxing natural paradise and far from a busy city.
*The price listed beside each city represents the average hotel price paid by American travelers per night in 2013 (excluding taxes and fees), according to the latest Hotel Price Index.
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