What makes a hotel green? Many hotels have answered that question in the past 8-10 years in different ways: handling waste management, installing LED lights, conserving water and electricity, and continuously raising guest awareness by requesting their participation (an essential part of maintaining a green property)..
The luxury, boutique Lenox Hotel is ideally located in Copley Square, right next to a strategically positioned Lindt chocolate shop, and has been one of the first hotels in Boston to employ aggressive green initiatives. In fact, they have a Director of Green, who told me that the Lenox (Saunders Hotel Group) has been committed to sustainable operations since 1992. I hadn't really known that the hotel was so green when I chose to stay there and experience the property this past month.
I stayed in a spacious, beautifully renovated historic junior suite. You would not know that a luxurious, traditional looking room would offer all these modern, green initiatives, but I would like to outline some of them (there are too many to list!). Guestrooms at this award-winning, four diamond property, and also noted in Travel + Leisure's Top 500 World's Best hotels for 2010, include the following:
- In-room recycling
- High quality low-flow toilet, showerhead and faucet in bathrooms
- 4,800 energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs installed throughout the property
- State-of-the-art heat pumps quietly provide customized climate control
- Environmentally friendly cleaning products that enhance indoor air quality,
- A dedicated Eco-Channel on the TV lineup
- Super insulated windows
- FSC Certified wood used in their renovations
- Dry cleaning done without toxic PERC
Didi's Note: Aside from fabulous and eco-friendly Aveda toiletries, and the freshly baked cookies at the front desk every afternoon, I especially appreciated that my room offered complimentary use of an in-room refrigerator and two water bottles. Kudos!