FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE - OCTOBER 2014
It’s with the changing of the seasons that we truly appreciate all that Mother Nature is capable of doing. The following eco-chic hotels certainly applaud changes in leaf colors and cooler temperatures, but they don’t wait until October to say thanks. They go the extra mile to make a difference when it comes to carbon footprints and being climate conscious every day of the year. From energy-saving elevators to environmentally friendly slot machines, here are some of the grandest green hotels.
For the frequent business traveler with one eye on Bloomberg TV and another on National Geographic Channel, The James hotel brand offers various eco-perks that make a difference during a short stay. Beyond having bicycles for adults and children, triple-filtered water and all-natural Keetsa pillows, the hotels also provide complimentary rides in alternative vehicles — for example, the Chicago location has a clean-diesel-powered Audi Q7 TDI — around town. At the New York location, things are taken a step further—guests who drive and park their own hybrid at the property are given a one-day transit pass as a token of appreciation for their wonderful work for the environment.