Hotels Expand Their Green Services
A recent TripAdvisor survey tells us that 47% of people consider eco-factors when making travel plans. Hotels seem to be lending an ear; they're responding with more services tailored to the green traveler. Giving guests the option to decline the housekeeping is an example of a little thing that can add up over time to make a big difference. Here's the latest from a few hotels that we think deserve five stars for their eco-efforts:
Electric-vehicle charging stations: Recharging takes on new meaning at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina. It's got a new power station for electric vehicles, with two ports for simultaneous use. Charging a car from empty takes 10 to 12 hours for Level 1 (120 volt) or 6 hours for Level II (240 volt), but only 30 to 45 minutes for the more typical "top-off" (240 volt). This service, in addition to parking for hybrid and electric vehicles, is complimentary to hotel guests.
Clean indoor air: Anyone with allergies or asthma will find it a bit easier inside at the Hilton and Hyatt hotels that have installed clean indoor-air devices. Fitted into new or existing air-conditioning and heating systems, the devices remove dust particles, kill mold and viruses, and break down odor-producing chemicals. Considering that 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, an allergy-proof room is a welcome hotel perk for many.