Priding itself to be the most populous urban agglomeration, a global financial/cultural nerve center and with 800 languages spoken, there are multitudinous things to do in NYC that will keep ennui away from any mortal. Just as the whole world is waking up to the grim reality of ozone depletion and the dreadful prediction that in a hundred years, most of the cities close to the sea could eventually submerge; going green seems to be the most enlightened decision that anyone soul could make. Right from recycling waste to adopting clean energy measures, eco-friendly products and eco-friendly mannerisms are ubiquitous as smartphones and computers. Even hotels are not an exception.
If you are planning a holiday at the Big Apple, here’s a list of the top five eco-friendly hotels that you could visit and effectively promote the eco-friendly revolution:
Ink48- Kimpton Line Hotel
Kimpton Hotels are the true and undisputed leaders in terms of quality and protection of the earth’s environment. One of the hallmarks of these luxury line of hotels is their boutique style and steadfast commitment in protecting the environment. Ink48 – situated in Midtown Manhattan is a recognized business enterprise that prides itself with manifold eco-friendly processes and amenities. Some of them include eco-friendly bath amenities, organic beverage and snack options, in-room recycling bins, linens and rooms cleaned/washed with eco-friendly products, linen and towel reuse programs, organic tea/coffee, ceramic mugs, eco-friendly lighting fixtures and a whole a plethora of other green-practices.
Step into Yotel and in an instance, you will feel as though you have entered into a premise that reeks of science. One might confuse it for a discotheque of sorts but in reality it’s just the design and architecture that makes it look like that. You have ‘Mission Control’ (the concierge desk) and an ultra-large robot (Yobot) that safely stores your luggage in the vaults. Boasting itself to be the first hotel in the Big Apple to possess the Leed Gold Certification and being the Gold Level Green Leader, they have ‘smart cabins’ that are designed to save energy using light sensors when the rooms are not occupied. Not just that, they employ water harvesting methods to conserve rain water and use a ‘smart heat recovery system’ that captures heat emission which is then transferred to the main air supply.
What is most impressive about ‘The Conrad‘ is that it is built within a building unlike other new structures in Downtown Manhattan. It has the all-important Leed Gold Certification besides having an eco-friendly approach in dealing with it’s day-to-day operations. The luxury hotel’s green roof and the chef’s roof garden together with energy-conserving LED lights, Energy Star kitchen equipment and low-flow faucets are a telltale sign of the hotel’s ongoing commitment in protecting the environment.
Element Times Square
Situated at the Times Square, this magnificent hotel practises a whole host of eco-friendly methods and processes that make it a role model for other hotels to follow. An extensive and comprehensive waste recycling program is incorporated to reduce waste as much as possible. To facilitate this, they have put up faucets and fixtures that are designed to reduce wastage of water in every guest room. The kitchens are stocked up with Energy Star appliances. The hotel boasts of using eco-friendly cleaning products besides implementing an extensive towel reuse program.
This ECOTEL Five-Globe certified hotel located at 125 East 50th Street, is the pioneer in environmental-friendly hotels in NYC. Some of it’s noteworthy contributions in protecting the natural environment include energy-efficient thermostats and light switches, recycling bins in every guest room, water harvesting/conservation programs, towel and linen reuse programs and it’s tasty cuisine composed of organic food (mainly sourced from local farms). The sumptuous and affluent hotel also donates recycled educational material and soap products around the world in collaboration with ‘Clean the World’.