If you’re looking for a green hotel brand deserving of your loyalty, Kimpton Hotels delivers on style, convenience (they’re located in 23 US cities), and eco-responsibility. Ever since being introduced to the brand at Portland’s Hotel Monaco, I’ve loved staying at their hip (sometimes downright quirky) properties for their stellar guest service and extra touches. After our latest visit, I wasn’t surprised to learn that Kimpton exerts the same zeal toward eco hotel management as they do to guest relations.
All Kimpton properties subscribe to the EarthCare program.
This innovative program, which applies not only to the individual hotels but to the corporate offices, outlines (and implements) new ways to reduce the impact of Kimpton hotels on the environment. Company-wide examples include printing all hotel and restaurant collateral on post-consumer recycled content paper with soy-based ink, storing and viewing corporate documents online instead of on paper, and installing energy-efficient and water-efficient amenities in all hotels. There’s more — much more — including detailed recycling, organic product, and energy use policies. In fact, Kimpton even recycles its buildings: many of its properties, including the Hotel Monaco Portland, are restored from previous lives as banking buildings, post offices, and even a railroad headquarters.
My favorite green hotel practice (which was made brand-wide along with the entire EarthCare program in 2005) is Kimpton’s practice of leaving only one light and one alarm clock plugged in at check-in. Opening the door to my room, I didn’t feel that anything was ‘lacking’ (quite the contrary!) and felt just as welcomed with one light rather than 2-3. (Ditto to being more than happy to hang up my towels and go light with the soap, just two of our 11 tips for greening your hotel room.)
Individual Kimpton properties adopt their own eco-measures.
At the Hotel Monaco Portland (which is only one of several styles of luxury boutique hotels within the Kimpton family), guests driving hybrid or electric cars enjoy 50% off parking (normally $35 per night) and complimentary electronic charging stations. Additionally, guests are free to check out complimentary bicycles to ride around the city. We had a blast riding throughout downtown Portland while our Prius received a much deserved break. The Hotel Monaco front dest staff was also eager to help us understand Portland’s MAX public transit, so we could explore even farther afield without using the car.
Of course, Portland’s Hotel Monaco is not the only Kimpton hotel adapting extra green measures. Additional Kimpton hotels I can personally recommend include:
San Diego’s Hotel Solamar with its rooftop terrace and Gaslamp Quarter location
San Francisco’s Hotel Triton with it’s walkable location to almost anything in town
Boston’s Hotel Marlowe in the heart of the historical district
Kimpton partners with eco-organizations worldwide.
The Kimpton brand raises funds for the Trust for Public Land, which conserves land for parks, gardens, and other natural spaces, and supports the Nature Conservancy’s campaign to Plant a Billion Trees and restore the Atlantic Rainforest. For each of these partnerships, $10 of the daily room rate goes back to the charity.
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a luxury boutique stay and feel good about it, Kimpton’s your man…er, hotel brand. No corners are cut here: you’ll receive incredible service in unique, beautiful green hotel spaces, and while the rack rate will certainly reflect this, your splurge will do some good in the world. (And how often can we say that?)
Have you ever stayed at a Kimpton? What hotel industry brands do you seek out for their eco-practices?
For the purpose of review, I received a media rate at Hotel Monaco Portland. Thanks to Melanie Blair of Hotel Monaco for the comprehensive information on Kimpton’s green measures (beyond the scope of my first-hand experience). Photo credit: Amy Whitley and DoNotLick.
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