Deciding which hotel to stay in no longer just comes down to location and amenities. To wit: more and more visitors are flocking to buildings based on their level of eco-friendliness. And these green practices aren’t just tourist bait—they also seriously benefit the surrounding neighborhoods and the environment.
One of the key players leading the green charge is 1 Hotels, an eco-conscious chain that launched in 2015, and with their recent February launch of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, they’re showing that there is a lot of positive buzz around hotels that feel good and do good, too.
Here, five amazing hotels you can feel great about booking for your next trip.
1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE (BROOKLYN, NY)
This hotel is 100 percent powered by wind—crazy, right? That’s almost enough reason to book it, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you that they also offer triple-filtered water, timed rain showers, tons of greenery, and even guest access to in-house Teslas (yes, you read that correctly).
From $250/night; 1hotels.com/brooklyn-bridge
2 INN BY THE SEA (CAPE ELIZABETH, ME)
Foodies, take note: Inn by the Sea’s hotel restaurant, Sea Glass, is stocked with produce from the surrounding gardens. What’s more, the in-room amenities are all-natural (and packaged with recycled materials)—even their towel program helps fund habitat restoration for rabbits.
From $239/night; innbythesea.com
3 HOTEL FELIX (CHICAGO)
The first hotel in Chicago with silver LEED certification, eco-consciousness is in every part of this River North building, including the designated recycling room. But perhaps the most fun part are the sculptures around the exterior of the hotel made of reclaimed materials.
From $123/night, hotelfelixchicago.com
4 ORCHARD GARDEN (SAN FRANCISCO)
The Orchard Garden has tons of cool green features like their guest room card energy control system, which basically turns off the energy in a room when a guest leaves (and turns it back on automatically when they enter). They use low-energy lighting, low-flow faucets, and toilets, and their kitchens compost all waste materials. But our favorite part is that they plant a tree for each review posted on TripAdvisor (good or bad).
From $179/night, theorchardgardenhotel.com
5 PROXIMITY HOTEL (GREENSBORO, NC)
This LEED Platinum-certified hotel boasts a bevy of sustainable offerings, including an Education Center that gives guided tours of its green features and bicycles for guests to ride on the neighboring five-mile greenway.
From $219/night, proximityhotel.com