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Every year on April 22, Earth Day reminds us to honor our planet and protect our environment. For some, it’s as simple as planting a tree. For others, it’s about an eco-conscious lifestyle, and that includes the way we travel. Looking for an eco-friendly hotel that won’t break the budget? Here are eight stylish, affordable hotels that are doing their part to protect Mother Earth. 

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Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger: Honolulu

A room at the newly renovated Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger

Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger features a life-sized wave print by surf photographer Zak Noyle.

Want a dreamy, eco-conscious escape to Hawaii? Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, which has been transformed into a dreamy beach oasis after a $35 million renovation, offers one of the best values on the island. Rooms are breezy and dreamy, featuring life-sized prints of ocean waves, and yukuta-style robes. Eco-friendly local coffee brand Hawaiian Paradise Coffee and compostable paper coffee cups are also used.

Pop into on-site Maui Brewing Co. for a taste of local craft beer. In the morning, enjoy freshly brewed Kona coffee at Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Waikiki’s most Instagrammed coffee shop. After a day on Waikiki’s famed white-sand beach, watch the sunset from the rooftop pool while sipping a tropical cocktail.

Book Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger here.

Eaton DC: Washington, D.C.

A room at the Eaton DC Hotel

The design-minded Eaton DC Hotel champions “progressive social change.”

Can a hotel also be a place for social change? That’s the ethos behind Eaton House, the innovative hotel brand that marries a co-working, membership-based community activists’ space, wellness center and radio station, with all the amenities of a hotel. Eco-conscious, thoughtfully curated, design-forward rooms provide the perfect pied-à-terre from which to explore our nation’s capital.

Walking distance from Black Lives Matter Plaza and the White House, Eaton DC is also LEED® Gold-certified. Sustainable elements include certified organic mattresses and all-natural bathroom amenities. Even the food program is sustainable: American Son, the on-site all-day cafe, features a range of locally sourced, plant-based fare. The rooftop bar also has its own herb garden and wind turbine, contributing to the hotel’s carbon-neutral footprint.

Book Eaton DC here.

The Glen House: Gorham, NH

The Glen House Hotel Bar

The majestic bar at The Glen House Hotel features expansive views of Mount Washington.

A dog-friendly boutique property nestled at the base of Mt. Washington, The Glen House has attractions for all four seasons. In winter and early spring, enjoy alpine skiing at nearby Wildcat Mountain and Attitash. Winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snow-tubing can also be accessed at the adjacent Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The Mt. Washington Auto Road on the SnowCoach is also a fabulous attraction. In the summer and fall, there are myriad outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. 

The Glen House, which was first erected in 1852, unveiled its fifth incarnation in 2018. Carbon neutral and almost entirely energy self-sufficient thanks to the use of a hydro-generator and solar panels, this sustainable New England property also features an underground geothermal system for heating and cooling. Unwind after your daily exertions with a dip in the saltwater pool, followed by drinks at what Architectural Digest calls “The most beautiful bar in New Hampshire.”

Book The Glen House here.

Swissôtel Chicago: Chicago

Swisshotel Chicago lake view double room

A lake view double room a the Swissotel Chicago.

Ideally situated along the Chicago Riverwalk within walking distance of Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago, Swissôtel Chicago is one of 3,358 Accor Hotels to take the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge. Green initiatives at the hotel include a commitment to reducing single use plastics, the use of cold water for laundry, and composting.

Sleek, affordable, and family friendly, guests rave about the 43rd floor penthouse health club and its panoramic views. The Kids Suites, decorated with kid-sized furniture, stuffed animals and video games, are also popular. Guaranteed reservations to The Palm Chicago, the storied on-property steakhouse, is a bonus.

Book Swissôtel here.

ARIA Resort & Casino: Las Vegas

ARIA Resort and casino exterior

ARIA Resort & Casino

Sin City may not be the first place you think of when planning an environmentally responsible trip, but ARIA Resort & Casino is every bit as eco-friendly and environmentally conscious as a grand eco-lodge in the mountains. Bargains abound if you book midweek or off-season. Located within the LEED® Gold certified Citycentre campus, green hotel initiatives run the gamut from water conservation to energy efficiency. The campus also boasts a natural gas co-generation plant, which reduces heat emissions.

Rooms at ARIA are spacious and luxurious, with one-touch lighting and temperature control, sumptuous linens, plush robes, and a soaking tub. Full resort amenities include a full service spa, three spectacular pools, shopping boutiques, and myriad dining options ranging from Jean-Georges Steakhouse by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, to cult-fave Din Tai Fung (famous for its Taiwanese soup dumplings).

Book Aria Resort & Casino here.

Bentwood Inn: Jackson Hole, WY

Bentwood Inn Great Room

The Great Room at Bentwood Inn

Fun fact about Bentwood Inn: The lodge was constructed out of reclaimed wood salvaged from Yellowstone National Park’s great fire of 1988. One of the signature domestic properties in the Preferred Hotel Group’s Beyond Green portfolio, Bentwood Inn is the ideal choice for eco-conscious travelers who want to explore the great outdoors. Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and downtown Jackson Hole are all just a short drive away.

A bed and breakfast lodge that’s listed among National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, each of the five rooms features a king bed, luxe linens, fireplace, and Jacuzzi tub. Private balconies and bay windows contribute to the cozy cabin feel of the property. The Inn’s many sustainable practices include composting, the use of natural, locally sourced products, and a commitment to installing renewable energy systems by 2024. Bentwood Inn is also a founding member of 1% for the Tetons, which provides funding to local conservation projects and programs. We’ve found rooms for under $150 nightly.

Book the Bentwood Inn here.

Orchard GardenSan Francisco

Photo courtesy of Orchard Garden

With a motto of “Eco-friendly is in our DNA,” sustainable and environmentally conscious practices are not just an afterthought at Orchard Garden—they’re an active part of the hotel’s culture. The first LEED® certified hotel in San Francisco, this eco-friendly property is located within easy walking distance of Chinatown, Union Square, and the Financial District.

Rooms are zen-like in palette and design, with cotton spa robes, Egyptian cotton bedding, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products. The hotel also has its own sustainable restaurant, Roots, as well as a rooftop terrace (a perfect spot to catch the sunset). Philanthropic-minded travelers will appreciate the hotel’s give back program, which donates a portion of its proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Through their partnership with Plant A Billion Trees Nature Conservancy, the hotel also plants a tree for each review left on Tripadvisor. 

Book Orchard Garden here.

Hotel SkylerSyracuse, NY

Photo courtesy of Hotel Skyler

Built in 1922 as a synagogue for the  Temple Adath Yeshururn congregation, Hotel Skyler Syracuse is a Tapestry Collection by Hilton property that has the distinction of being both historic and green. The only LEED® Platinum certified hotel in Syracuse, the hotel was rebuilt entirely around environmentally sound and sustainable practices, from its geothermal pump-driven heating and cooling system, to its use of LED lighting, organic fabrics, and recycled materials. Located in the historic University Hill neighborhood and walking distance from Syracuse University, the Hotel Skyler is the perfect choice for an eco-friendly escape to upstate New York.

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