A small group of stylish contemporary
hotels owned by a German group -ALT Hotel Quebec City is a newly
refurbished hotel of 126 rooms, located in the city's bustling
business district; Quartier Dix30 in Montreal is a newly constructed
14-story tower with 159 rooms located in the heart of Brossard's
new lifestyle center. They set a strong environmental agenda,
and the Montreal Hotels claims up to 35 per cent savings on energy
bills thanks to a geothermal heating system.
A resort hotel and conference
centre in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, 90 miles
from Calgary. Although large, with more than 200 rooms, they
were the first independant hotel in Canada to win a four green
leaf rating for their environmental performance -they run a number
of green programmes and are in the process of installing a new
roof made from recycled plastic and crumb rubber tyres.
Absolutely stunning, this floating eco-lodge/luxury hotel can
be found on Princess Royal Island and has magnificent views of
the surrounding landscape. Provides guests with the opportunity
to relax in luxury or to take part in a range of activities such
as whale watching, fishing, hiking and kayaking. The lodge works
together with Parks Canada and scientists to minimise its impact
on the surrounding area and promotes sustainable eco-tourism.
Tundra Buggy Lodge, Churchill -http://www.tundrabuggy.com Watch
and photograph polar bears from your mobile hotel on the west
of Hudson Bay. The purpose made vehicle isboth a hotel and a
purpose made scientific observation platform from which you can
observe the vbears close up. The organisers, Frontier North,
work in close association with scientists engaged in conservation
of the bears and their habitat.
Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport, Maine -http://www.thecolonyhotel.com
Independent, family-owned resort
hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with a sister property
in Delray Beach, Florida. Both hotels strive to provide world-class
hospitality with sensitivity to environmental concerns, and try
to incorporate this philosophy into all aspects of their business.
Programmes initiated by The Colony Hotel Ecology Group include
solid waste reduction, material reuse, recycling, energy and
water conservation, and hazardous waste elimination. They also
try to put this message out with an education and communications
campaign designed to raise environmental awareness in employees
Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa, American Canyon, CA -http://www.gaianapavalleyhotel.com
Five eco-leaf rated large hotel with full spa facilities just
35 miles from San Francisco. The hotel was constructed using
green materials, with many recylced or renewable products and
they actively promote awareness of sustainability with GreenTouchscreen®
kiosks that demonstrate the amount of C02 being emitted.
This luxurious beach complex
boasts some impressive green credentials -it was the first hotel
in Maine to be heated with Biofuel; it also has a solar heated
pool and air to air heat exchangers. Other features include dual
flush toilets, recycled rubber floors in the cardio room, low
VOC paints and Green Seal cleaning products. Outside there are
five acres of indigenous gardens certified as a Wildlife Habitat.
Built to U.S. Green Building
Council standards, this hotel describes itself as San fransisco's
first green boutique hotel. They feature luxury 'green' rooms
with key card energy control systems and recycled paper products,
and offer guest the Greenopia Guide to 'green' living in San
Francisco. They encourage guests to use environmentally friendly
transport, using a hybrid Toyota Prius for transfers and offering
rental bikes to explore the city.
Award winning fitness and spa
experience founded in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely. Set
on 3000 acres of mountains and meadows in a sheltered valley,
one hour's drive from San Diego, the spa boasts an overwhelming
array of activities and health treatments. Adjacent to the spa
is their own next to their organic farm, which provides fresh
food for the dining room. They carry out sustainable projects
with Fundación La Puerta, whose mission is to promote
holistic health, fitness and natural living, supporting environmental,
social and educational projects in the Tecate and border area,
including the preservation of endangered native plant and wildlife
Large hotel and spa with 200
rooms and every conceivable facility. They have an extensive
list of environmental initiatives ranging from target of zero
waste to providing free bicycles for guests. Would be good if
they could move towards renewable energy as well.
Terra Jackson, Teton Village, Wy -http://www.hotelterrajacksonhole.com
Luxury eco hotel and ski lodging
with 72 rooms, suites and studios. All the rooms are fantastically
equipped including flat screen tv, surround sound, wifi, ipod
docking, natural mattresses, organic sheets and much more. The
hotels has impressive eco credentials, and is pending LEED (Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Measures include
energy effecient heating and cooling, radiant underfloor heating,
water conservation, very low embodied energy construction, with
a high degree of recycled/recyclable materials -the list goes
on and on -this is definitely one of the most truly environmentally
friendly hotels we have seen.
Award winning and extremely comfortable refurbished old inn,
located in Adams in the Berkshires. Close by guests can go hiking,
kayaking, mountain biking or simply just relax in beautiful countryside.
Uses 100% bio fuel and solar energy systems, along with water
re-harvesting, organic purchasing and sustainable materials in
A hip pop-art hotel located
by Union Square founded by nine San Francisco artists. The hotel
has an extensive eco friendly programme, including recycling,
water conservation, non toxic cleaning agents and low energy
light fittings. They also have alliances with a number of social
and charitable organisations as part of their social responsibility
A small eco-friendly boutique
spa resort on the Oregon coast. Accommodation is in five stylish
cabins, built from native cedar and nestled among 100 foot trees.
The cabins are filled with artwork, plush, overstuffed loveseats,
and antique furniture. At the heart of WildSpring is the spa,
with its open-air slate hot tub/spa overlooking the ocean, in
a glade surrounded by tall trees. Everything they do has been
designed to have a minimum impact on the environment -low impact
in construction, minimal energy consumption in use and they ask
guests to participate in energy saving measures.
Cabins constructed using wood
felled onsite on a 2000 acre mountain resort. The lodge is energy
self sufficient, generating solar and micro-hydro electricity.
The stunning setting includes 50km of trails, with hiking, fishing,
horse-riding, canoeing and rafting