Happily for the world at large, hotels continue to incorporate green changes. Here are some of the latest.
• The 317-room Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten (westin.com), has installed enough solar panels to allow the resort to produce six to eight hours of its own power during peak times. The resort first started using solar energy in 2007 to heat the water used in the property's guest rooms. The system now features 2,602 Lightway solar panels for a total system capacity of 755 kilowatts, capable of producing approximately 1,223,000 kilowatt hours per year, which is enough to power 111 average-sized American homes. The property offers the full-service European-style Hibiscus spa, a fitness room, an on-site casino, nearly 20,000 square feet of flexible function space, several retail shops, a large infinity pool and a vast menu of water sports. Oceanfront restaurants include a steak house, a casual restaurant and a poolside café.
• Renovations at the 428-room Seaport Hotel in Boston's Seaport District (seaportboston.com) focused on sustainability, adding energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems; plus, an in-room recycling program has been instituted. Each room also now includes a Telkonet energy management solution, which allows for better control of room lighting and temperature. The Seaport's rooms also now feature complimentary wireless Internet access, Keurig coffee and tea service, and mini-fridges. The property offers more than 180,000 square feet of event space, including eight ballrooms, an exhibit hall, a high-tech amphitheater, private dining rooms and outdoor gardens.
• The 278-room Las Vegas Marriott (marriott.com) has earned LEED Gold certification, bringing the number of Marriott International properties that are LEED-certified or -registered to 130. Among the changes made to gain the designation, water-saving shower heads and toilets were installed in all the guest rooms, a kitchen cooking-oil recycling program has begun and water stations have been put in several public areas. The property, close to the Las Vegas Convention Center, has 4,250 square feet of meeting space.
• The renovated spa at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa (www.lagunacliffs.com) in Dana Point, Calif., features fresh, all-natural and organic offerings. The 14,000-square-foot facility itself was remodeled by repurposing existing features, including new laminate on lockers, reframing on mirrors, restained wood and frosted-glass shelving to imitate sea glass. The spa now offers Eminence Organic Skin Care and Body Bliss products, while spa cuisine features seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. On a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Laguna Cliffs offers 2,500 yacht slips, two heated pools with ocean views, and more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
• At the 208-room Hotel Viking (hotelviking.com) in Newport, R.I., a number of environmentally friendly moves have been made. To start, two EV charging stations have been added. The property's restaurant, One Bellevue, is now part of the Trace & Trust program, a partnership of sustainable fishermen and farmers who work with chefs and restaurants; the group's logo appears on the menu, indicating the dishes that feature foods from the partnership, and such items are available for meeting meals. An app allows diners to see where their fish and vegetables came from. The Hotel Viking offers more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 5,800-square-foot ballroom.