If you’re like us, the concept of infusing your life with new eco-friendly elements is *super* exciting. Though times are hectic right now, we have more resources now than ever before concerning how to live a sustainable life. Whether you’re doing your weekly shopping, browsing the makeup aisle, or (as luck would have it) planning your next vacation—the world’s sustainable options are increasing by the day! It’s smart and responsible to peruse eco-friendly, ethically-sourced alternatives in your lifestyle whenever possible. When our world begins to open back up again, a great—and fun—way to do this is to seek out sustainable travel options. With that in mind, take a gander at some of the best sustainable hotels in the US to consider for your next trip!
Aria Las Vegas
Surprised? We sure were! Vegas is known for its lively clubs and packed casinos—you may not think “eco-friendly” fits with that visage. Aria Las Vegas defies stereotypes. Opening in 2009, this colossal, contained community (stay *that* five times fast) has earned itself six LEED Gold certifications and a 5 Green Keys rating. A visit to the Aria can be billed as both luxurious (full-service spa, three pools, smart tech in the rooms, and sweeping views of The Strip) and sustainable (ethically-sourced building materials, energy- and water-efficiency, and beyond).
Bardessono Hotel and Spa
Escape to wine country in picturesque Northern California! Bardessono Hotel is location near Napa: a hot-spot for wine-lovers from all over the world. The sprawling grounds boast an LEED Platinum certification and many wellness-inspired features—including a farm-to-fork menu at their Lucy Restaurant and rotating seasonal spa treatments. This is an excellent option for a high-end getaway (think: honeymoon) due to its hefty price tag, but the once-in-a-lifetime experience is definitely worth the splurge.
Andaz Maui at Wailea
I mean… speaking of “escape.” Experience gorgeous Maui, Hawaii in style, comfort, and sustainability! This hotel, owned and operated by Hyatt, spans 15 acres; there’s plenty of ground for you and your family to explore—in fact, its perfect for any “style” of traveler, from couples to families to groups of friends. The hotel staff provides a variety of thoughtful amenities in each room to reduce the traditional amounts of hotel waste. As Maui’s first LEED-certified resort, Andaz Maui features a solar-powered energy system for its buildings.
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole
Calling all western-style adventurers! Might we suggest moseying on over to Wyoming and staying at the wildly popular Hotel Terra? LEED certified, bed made up of 100% organic material, and primarily outside-air circulated throughout, this is a shining star in the world of eco-tourism. Staff encourages you to leave your plastic water bottles at home (in the recycling bin, of course) in favor of their aluminum bottles and refillable water stations. Skiers and hikers alike will be enthralled with the natural beauty of the area.
Hotel Felix Chicago
Fancy a sustainable trip to the urban jungle? The Windy City has you covered! Hotel Felix includes an LEED platinum certification, recycled material (*everywhere,* even the carpets), Green Seal cleaning products, and even free-trade, organic chocolates left on your pillow. This is a perfect place to stay as you explore the city—work trip, vacation, or otherwise. Its prime location (just a few blocks away from the shores of expansive Lake Michigan) makes it an excellent location for tourists looking to stroll the city.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
This hotel is a model for sustainability by design. This trendy neighborhood in New York City plays home to 1 Hotel—the building includes a wide range of water, energy, and environmentally-sound designs to optimize the space’s efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. Gorgeous rooms feature reclaimed wood, filtered water, living plants, sustainable amenities, and a sweeping view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Beds boast organic cotton sheets and hemp-blend mattresses. The hotel frequently advocates for and partners with important organizations, such as the National Resources Defense Council.
You can find this expansive, modern venue in Greensboro, North Carolina. Proximity Hotel (voted one of the best sustainable hotels in the US, “America’s Greenest Hotel,” by the Washington Post in 2017) is LEED Platinum certified and takes immense pride in their state-of-the-art practices and contemporary technologies. With more than 100 solar panels, the establishment uses about 40% less energy than similar structures (and water usage is down to 33% less than competitors as well). Other than sustainability, this hotel puts an emphasis on artful design, evoking a “mod” aesthetic throughout.
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