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Now You Can Charge Your Electric Car At The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

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  Site Where: 201 E Trade St. [map], Charlotte, NC, United States, 28202
March 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM | by | ()

Move over recycling bins and bulk shampoo dispensers: the hottest new green accessory, at least at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, is an electric vehicle charging station, available to guests free of charge. The LEED-certified hotel unveiled the new gizmo last week in collaboration with local electric car company Li-Ion Motors, which brought out an Inizio roadster to show off.

The property is the first Ritz-Carlton to install a guests-only electric car charging station. The two power ports will fuel up cars that are completely tapped out in 10-12 hours and also top off in under an hour rides that still have some juice. There are plans to add additional, similar charging stations around Charlotte.

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Stayin' Green :: More Candlelit Dinners in Beverly Hills

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  Site Where: 9500 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
May 2, 2008 at 4:38 PM | by | ()

No Friday Night Lights at the BLVD this summer.

The Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire held a "Dine by Candlelight" dinner at their BLVD restaurant to conserve energy in honor of Earth Hour last month.

Well it musta been a hit with rich tree huggers and romantics alike because the hotel is continuing the special menu and candlelight setting throughout the summer.

In honor of Earth Week, Chef de Cuisine Brian Moyers at The Blvd in the Beverly Wilshire, has prepared a three-course menu that is exclusively comprised of items from local and sustainable farmers. The special menu will debut on Friday, April 25, 2008 and continue to be offered every Friday through the end of summer.

The special menu offers five small courses at $85 and $135 with wine pairings. The BLVD restaurant is also offering wine and cheese pairings every Wednesday through the end of summer.

Of course, if you're interested in dining at CUT, the scene of so many celebrity power gatherings, make your reservation far in advance. Or else show up like we did at 6pm on a Friday and promise to be done in an hour and half. You'll surely get a table that way. Worse comes to worst, you can hit Sidebar.

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Stayin' Green: Loews Hotels in Orlando Go Green

April 24, 2008 at 4:04 PM | by | ()

Just in time for Earth Day and HotelChatter's unofficial Green Hotels Week, the The Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort have become certified members of the Florida Green Lodging program.

Aside from having green ogres and monsters on hand, the Loews Hotels (Loews Portofino Bay, the Hard Rock Hotel and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort) have formed "green teams" at their hotels. These teams are staffed by employees and help implement green practices that encourages both the guests and the hotel employees to be more "environmentally responsible."

Guests in all 2,400 on-site hotel rooms now have the opportunity to recycle plastic bottles, newspapers, aluminum cans and office paper.

In addition, a hotel campus-wide energy management system, programmable thermostats and high efficiency lighting help to conserve energy in all guest rooms and in more than 130,000 square feet of meeting space.

The hotels’ Energy Star-rated appliances, low flow plumbing fixtures and a linen and terry re-use program help to conserve water and waste is reduced by recycling and purchasing items in bulk.

Way to go green Loews! Now, did you know how much we heart in-room recycling containers or was that just a coincidence?

[Photo: The Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando Resort]

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Stayin' Green :: Get Points Back By Going Carbon Neutral For Carlson Hotels

April 23, 2008 at 4:12 PM | by | ()

April 22nd is Earth Day so all this week we will be bringing you the latest news on Green Hotels. Got some eco-friendly news you wanna share? Let us know.

If you're a regular at Carlson Hotels which has the Regent Hotels, Radissons, Park Plazas, Park Inn and Country Inn and Suites under its name, then you might want to consider going Carbon Neutral on your next trip.

The hotel chain just announced that it will match the contribution of every goldpoints plus member (that's their loyalty program) donating points to Carbon Neutral, starting April 30th.

Carbon Neutral is a UK-based carbon offsetting company that aims to offset CO2 emissions associated with travel. Last year, Carlson revamped its frequent guest program to include, on a global basis for the first time, the opportunity for its members to donate points to community-based carbon reduction projects that neutralize the CO2 pollution that results from global travel.

Members can redeem points starting at 2,000 points by logging on goldpointsplus.com or by contacting the member service centers which vary depending on your location. More information on the promotion can be found here.

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Stayin Green' :: The Sustainability Manager at Boca de Iguanas

April 22, 2008 at 9:38 AM | by | ()

April 22nd is Earth Day so all this week we will be bringing you the latest news on Green Hotels. Got some eco-friendly news you wanna share? Let us know.

In the spirit of wishing everyone a happy Earth Day, here's a hotel that is definitely trying to do the right thing by the earth.

The partly-opened Boca de Iguanas Beach eco-resort in Mexico is doing its bit by appointing a Sustainability Manager to make sure the environment comes first.

Their Sustainability Manager, Lorena Vargas, comes from a line of organic farmers and then studied environmental biotechnology; good qualifications to keep this eco-resort truly eco. One of the neat things she's in charge of is the herb gardens that use heirloom seedlings (that means unmodified, "pure" strains of herbs, traced back over 150 years).

When the resort restaurant gets fully up and running these herbs should make a real difference to plenty of meals. Beyond that, the eco treatment gets into things like solar energy, gray water recycling and green on site sewage treatment.

The Boca de Iguanas hotel is offering a Romance package at the moment--three nights for $720. If you're not wanting romance, but just a green break, then now might be a good time to go. As they're still doing construction work to finish off the entire development, they're offering 40% off rack rates.

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Stayin' Green :: Element Hotels Will All Be LEED-Certified

April 21, 2008 at 1:01 PM | by | ()

April 22nd is Earth Day so all this week we will be bringing you the latest news on Green Hotels. Got some eco-friendly news you wanna share? Let us know.

Starwood's newest upscale business travel hotel brand, Element Hotels, are going green.

Starwood has required that all Element hotels pursue the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED certification requirements. Already, Starwood has used the first Element property in Lexington, Mass. as the guinea pig for green building of the brand. Such eco-friendly practices include:

energy efficient stainless steel appliances and lighting, water-efficient faucets and fixtures and bins for paper, plastic and glass which make recycling easy. Filtered water in guest rooms and amenity dispensers in the showers reduce plastic bottle waste.

In addition, ELEMENT hotels use low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints and carpets with up to 100% recycled content and anti-microbial carpet pads which improve indoor air quality for guests and staff. Guests driving hybrid cars are rewarded with priority parking.

Even the ubiquitous "Do Not Disturb" sign gets a green makeover, replacing the traditional paper tag with the environmentally-friendly magnet.

But Element says you won't have to sacrifice the pleasure of hotel comforts. The Element hotels will still feature Westin's Heavenly Bed, spa-like bathrooms with oversize showers and rain showerheads (which are water efficient of course), a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary breakfast and organic pantry options, and complimentary bikes for guests.

The Lexington property should open in July 2008 with locations in the Las Vegas, Houston and Baltimore suburbs to follow.