Montage Beverly Hills Scores the LEED Gold
The ulta-posh Montage Beverly Hills, which opened its doors in '08, has managed to score itself another distinction (you know, besides being on Brit-Brit's radar and having seriously high opening rates): the hotel has achieved LEED Gold status, and is now the "first certified ultra-luxury hotel in Southern California for LEED for New Construction" and is one of only four Gold certified hotels on the planet.
Though there's a whole lot of LEED chatter here and there, a surprisingly low number of hotels are actually LEED certified at any level:
A total of 18 hotels worldwide have to date achieved LEED certification at Certified Silver, Gold or Platinum levels. The specific LEED for New Construction V2.2 rating system designations reflect assessments of factors such as site selection, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. LEED, begun in 2000, now encompasses more than 22,000 registered and certified projects in the U.S. and 91 countries and is administered by the USGBC, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders.
Is it worth the $395-and-up room rate to you? Your choice but lets hope LEED Gold status doesn't mean rates will get jacked up so high that you've gotta be impossible-baller status to afford 'em.