In an age where allergies are rampant, many travelers are alert to the potential dangers of chemicals that may be present in cleaning agents, food preparation and laundry detergents used by hotels. In Vancouver, B.C., some hotels are increasingly sensitive to the needs of these guests and are taking steps to adopt environmentally safe practices. These "green" hotels welcome advance requests from guests who require special cleaning products or air-purifying equipment such as ionizers.
Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
The Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown embraces the Marriott chain's "green" policies, which include reduction of waste, energy and water as well as an ongoing effort to save the world's rainforests. Towels, linens, plastic, glass and paper are all recycled, and leftover food from the hotel kitchen is composted and used as organic fertilizer. In addition, all cleaning products used in the hotel are biodegradable and eco-friendly, a bonus for the chemically sensitive.
Holiday Inn and Suites, Downtown Vancouver
The downtown Vancouver Holiday Inn has been awarded the rating of 3 Green Keys from the Hotel Association of Canada's eco-rating system in recognition of its commitment to reduce operating wastes and lessen its negative impact on the environment. The on-site Paradise Spa uses 100 percent organic botanical products, many of which are made from natural ingredients. Guests may opt to have linens changed every other night and re-use their towels. For the chemically sensitive traveler, the housekeeping staff will use only inert and bio-degradable cleaning products such baking soda upon request.
Vancouver Hyatt Regency
The Vancouver Hyatt has a 4 Green Key rating and is completely run on wind power. The property's Signature Respire rooms feature hypo-allergenic mattresses and pillows, an FDA-approved class II medical air purifier, a purification shield for carpets, drapes and upholstery, disinfection of all hard surfaces and an ozone "shock treatment" to eliminate germs, bacteria and a wide range of irritants.
The Westin Bayshore
The Westin Bayshore borders the 1,000-acre Stanley Park and offers impressive views of the mountains and coastline from guest rooms and public spaces. Its 4 Green Key rating from the Hotel Association of Canada ensures an eco-friendly environment and assures guests that the hotel uses non-toxic cleaning products geared toward protecting the chemically sensitive. Green policies include paperless check-in, discount parking for hybrid vehicles, in-room recycling boxes, biodegradable wooden utensils for takeout food, daily donation of leftovers to the Vancouver Food Bank and ozone-friendly refrigerators. In 2000, the Westin provided the financing for the design and creation of Cadero Park next to the hotel in keeping with the hotel chain's policy of creating more green space.
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