The 10 Coolest Eco Hotels

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We’vebeen regular in showcasing some of the most eco-fantastic inventionsand architecture in the recent past. Be it conceptual or underconstruction, these buildings did wonderfully well in making sure thatour future generations live in skyscrapers that would beself-sufficient and carbon neutral. Staying in green houses issomething we all want, but some designers took their designing skillsanother step forward by designing some luxuriously green hotels, whichcan change the way we stay when outdoors. Here is a list of 10 suchhotels and designs that do add a touch of green in the hospitalityindustry:

• Bardessono Hotel, California:

luxury hotel

Fittedwith rooftop solar panels and various recycled materials used in itsconstruction, Bardessono is being referred to as the “Greenest luxuryhotel in America.” The project involves flat solar panels, waterconservation systems, salvaged and locally grown walnut flooring andrecycled construction materials. The linen provided to the guests isall organic and the hotel is kept clean using organic cleaningmaterials. Organic waste is composted on site using a compostingsystem, and efforts have been integrated to minimize solar waste.
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• Jumbo Hostel, Stockholm:

aircraft hotel

TheJumbo Hostel is a luxurious hotel designed by refurbishing an oldBoeing 747 jumbo jet. The aircraft hotel carries 25-rooms where eachroom covers an area of 65 square feet and is furnished with bunk beds.The rooms also feature overhead luggage storage similar to the ones youget in your routine flights, and flat-screen TVs. The fully functionalhotel also has a reception area and café. Toilets and showers are atthe rear of the aircraft. The most important part of an aircraft, thecockpit, has been transformed into a wedding suite.
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• Gaia Anderson Hotel, San Francisco:

leed certified retreat

Thistranquil and beautiful hotel is located at a two-hour drive from SanFrancisco, and if you happen to reside anywhere in the Bay Area or evenSan Jose, I suggest you go down and give it a try. You will not bedisappointed with the solar-powered facilities, the recycling optionsavailable and the way energy and water are conserved to the bestpossible extent. All this is done without compromising an iota on yourcomfort or jolly fun.
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• Travelodge Hotel, London:

hipping containers

Builtfrom recycled shipping containers, the Travelodge Hotel is the greenesthotel in London. The building will have 307 rooms when it is done andthe interiors will look as good as in any other Travelodge Hotel. Thosewho visit the Hotel will not notice any difference, and if you did nottell them, then they would never know that this was built from shippingcontainers. Now, that is a smart way to save energy and time!
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• Aerohotel, Dubai:

reclaiming land

Designedby Alexander Asadov, the Aerohotel is still a concept but once built itwill feature an elegant floating island that sits atop an equallystunning support system. The support system of the structure ensuresthat tons of gravel doesn’t disrupt the peaceful aquatic sea life. The200 meter wide circular island is held in the air by three arms thatare tethered to the bottom of the site. Apart from a hotel theAerohotel will also house restaurants, cafes and winter gardens. TheAerohotel will be made from transparent materials to ensure maximumnatural lighting and minimum environmental impact.
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• Songjiang Hotel, China:

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TheSongjiang Hotel in China is actually going to be built inside a100-meter-deep quarry. It’s a brilliant eco-sensitive idea, since noland has to be leveled or destroyed in order to build the hotel and itis already well protected from the elements. The building isconstructed in such a way that it takes advantage of the alreadyavailable natural terrain and will use geothermal energy to generateelectricity and hot water.
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• Wind Tower Hotel, Miami:

wind tower

Designedby Miami-based Michael Rosenthal, the “Wind Tower” will appeal morethan any other project to eco-conscious people, as it embraces almostevery effort to be green. It’s an egg-shaped conceptual luxury resort,which can be a landmark in the architectural world. The structuresounds almost completely self sufficient and does not depend uponexternal mechanical power to maintain its breathing atmosphericconversion system.
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• Reefworld Hotel, Australia:

eco friendly floating hotel

Thehotel is set to be opened to tourists and researchers in 2010 and willfeature a full-fledged spa and eight glass-walled underwater bedroomsas well as a research facility for coral and reef research and studies.The project is to be headed by British designer and architect RichardHywel Evans who has just completed a similar project for a hotel offthe cost of Sri Lanka, and will feature extraordinary eco-friendlyenergy generation systems that will use turbines, solar panels andunderwater trickle-charge generators.
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• Mayland Seaside Hotel, China:

5 star china hotel to be carbon neutral

Thehotel is currently in the design phase and is due to be completed in2012-2013. The design provides for wind turbines on the upper portionof the tower and massive array of photovoltaic panels covering theentire south façade. In the basement is a provision to incorporate afuel cell power generator that would run on clean natural gas toefficiently produce electricity and heat for hot water. The proposedgroundbreaking design of the 373-key Mayland Seaside Hotel would makeit the first hotel in the world to be completely carbon-neutral.
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• Kimpton Hotel, Florida:

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reclaiming land

 

We’vebeen regular in showcasing some of the most eco-fantastic inventionsand architecture in the recent past. Be it conceptual or underconstruction, these buildings did wonderfully well in making sure thatour future generations live in skyscrapers that would beself-sufficient and carbon neutral. Staying in green houses issomething we all want, but some designers took their designing skillsanother step forward by designing some luxuriously green hotels, whichcan change the way we stay when outdoors. Here is a list of 10 suchhotels and designs that do add a touch of green in the hospitalityindustry:

Developedby Northstar Resort Enterprise Corporation, the resort will have 138luxury units and a 5,000-square foot restaurant. The proposed resortwill include a 20,000-kilowatt solar array that would provide greenelectricity for all electricity needs of the resort including theelectric golf carts that the resort is supposed to have. The excessenergy will be sold back to Florida Keys Electric Cooperative. Theresort will also house wind turbines that would power the dock lights,a rainwater harvesting system will also be introduced to collect waterfor laundry purposes.

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