Eco-Conscious Hotel Stays: LEED®-Certified Portola Hotel and Spa
Posted on: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 8:21 AM by Nicole Gustas
Eco-aware travelers seeking sustainable lodging need look no further than downtown Monterey. The Portola Hotel and Spa, already known for its convenient location, great views of Monterey Bay and delicious chocolate cookies on arrival, is now one of only six United States hotels to earn the rigorous Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification. The Portola Hotel and Spa is the first hotel on California's Central Coast and the first hotel adjacent to the ecologically sensitive Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to earn Silver LEED® certification. The hotel's proximity to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Los Padres National Forest and stunning state parks such as Point Lobos Natural Reserve, Andrew Molera State Park and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park make it a top destination for any conservation-minded traveler. Responsible travelers can rest easy in their eco-conscious guest rooms at the Portola Hotel and Spa. Each hotel room features a luxurious custom-designed, ecologically friendly mattress from Monterey Mattress Company, Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products, low volatile organic compound (VOC) carpet, low or no VOC paints, and Energy Star 42" flat-screen televisions and refrigerators. All bathrooms have low-flow water fixtures and biodegradable toiletries, ensuring that guests will not have to sacrifice luxury to have a sustainable stay. The Portola Hotel and Spa's eco-awareness extends through the hotel. All wallpaper is made with 20% post-consumer recycled material. Hotel staff uses cleaning products that are both powerful and sustainable, utilizing enzyme-based laundry detergents and ionized water. The carpet in Jacks Restaurant and Lounge is made from renewable, 100% compostable products. Hot water is produced through two natural gas fired co-generation microturbines. The hotel's recycling efforts divert 70% of all waste away from municipal landfill. The hotel's ecological commitment extends throughout the community. The Portola Hotel and Spa has adopted Monterey's Del Monte Beach and participates in other community clean-up efforts. To further balance energy expenditures, Portola Hotel and Spa has also purchased two years' worth of carbon offsets. Ecologically conscious tourists can read more about the Portola Hotel and Spa's green efforts on their website. Visit SeeMonterey.com to plan your green vacation – or click here to book your stay at the Portola Hotel and Spa right now!