Just in time for Earth Day, here are the five hotels you must check out for an eco-friendly and sustainable stay in L.A.
1 Terranea Resort
Terranea, a pristine and perfect playground in Palos Verdes, is as eco-friendly as it is beautiful. The resort is on board with many Destination Earth environmental initiatives, Destination Earth being a program that decreases energy and water usage, reduces waste, increases recycling and composting and purchases local and organic food and beverages when possible. Terranea is also involved in a Green Meetings program, that was launched in an effort to maximize waste diversion from meetings conferences and to increase overall awareness among hotel guests. Energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting or low-voltage devices have been installed wherever appropriate to reduce total lighting to only 3 watts per square foot. Dimmers are used in all public areas and motion detector switches are installed in guest bathrooms and back-of-house areas. Additionally, this resort is actually located on fifteen acres of restored native habitat areas. Strict attention has been paid to reinforcing the biodiversity and integrity of this ecosystem through the native plant pallet. This native plant material is locally cultivated from a Palos Verdes seed bank and grown by the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy. Also, approximately 45 mature trees, remnants of Marineland, were preserved and replanted throughout the property. Of the 102 acres of the site, only 25% is covered by impervious surfaces (i.e., building or paving), leaving roughly 75 acres of green space. Even the golf course has paid attention to going green: daily flows from irrigation water are treated in vegetated channels called bioswales.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes (310) 494-7891
2 The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
We're big fans of the Ritz-Carlton brand for their attention to customer service, luxe amenities AND their eco-consciousness. The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, located at L.A. LIVE, has earned a Silver LEED certification for eco-friendly features such as energy-efficient windows; cool roof installation; alternative transportation and extensive usage of sustainable materials as well as a rideshare program to cut down on fuel emissions.
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles (213) 743-8800
3 Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, is fun, stunning and home to The Bungalow—hands-down the most popular watering hole on the Westside—but few know just how eco-conscious the hotel is. The Fairmont takes part in a Green Partnership program, which focuses on improvements in the areas of energy and water conservation, waste management, and innovative community outreach programs involving local groups and partnerships. The hotel purchases llocal, organic, Fair Trade and sustainable food products wherever possible, including utilizing organic or biodynamic wines, local purveyors and on-site herb gardens, which you'll find at the incredibly tasty on-site eatery, Fig. Additionally, the hotel seeks to conserve energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions by introducing fluorescent light bulbs where possible as well as water-efficient showerheads and tap aerators.
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica (310) 576-7777
4 Montage Beverly Hills
In additionally to being a breathtaking, chic property with access to everything 90210, the Montage Beverly Hills has some significant sustainability brags to boast. The hotel is the first LEED-NC certified ultra-luxury hotel in southern California, and is only the fourth hotel worldwide to earn Gold certification. The Montage hotel group has a whole has developed “green” operating principles guided by a management level Environmental Impact Group (EIG) which provides a myriad of internal programs. This includes; environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) programs, waste management programs, water-quality management practices, energy management, and green housekeeping initiatives. Green and gorgeous. Haute!
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills (310) 860-7800
5 Shore Hotel
Santa Monica's Shore Hotel is the largest Southern California property to register for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification and is the first and only of its kind in Santa Monica. The hotel went to great lengths to ensure that its design and operation had a positive impact on the environment. Sustainable features include: 50% of construction waste was recycled or salvaged; wood used in the project is from sustainable forests; 10% of all building materials are from within a 500 mile radius; there are 'low flow’ water fixtures, which significantly reduce water consumption; native landscaping reduces the amount of required irrigation; sophisticated building controls systems continually monitoring and adjust energy usage; low VOC (Volitile Organic Compounds) materials and maximized access to natural daylight. Additionally, the Shore Hotel has partnered with Clean the World Foundation, the largest non-profit global recycler of hotels soaps and bottled amenities. Together they reduce the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products and prevent millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every year.
515 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 458-1515