Eco Friendly San Francisco Hotels

by Jean Mann

San Francisco is forward-looking about conservation, so the rise of eco-friendly hotels here is no surprise. Hip travelers are interested in style and economy, but they are also looking for hotels with a conscience. The city has a few dozen to choose from so look for a hotel that has earned the third-party Green Seal Certification for sustainability or other reputable third-party designation for environmental friendliness.

The Argonaut

If your trip to San Francisco includes tourist areas such as Fisherman's Wharf, the Argonaut couldn't be any closer. This nautically themed inn is actually part of the Maritime National Historical Park at the Wharf, in the historic Haslett Warehouse at The Cannery. This boutique hotel, part of the Kimpton chain, is named after the Gold Rushers who sought their fortunes here. Some of the guestrooms have views of Fisherman's Wharf, the Bay and the city skyline. The Argonaut has earned Green Seal certification for use of sustainable products, water and energy use. Companies that achieve this certification must commit to annual health and environmental compliance monitoring. Several Kimpton hotels in San Francisco have earned Green Seal certification.

Orchard Hotel

The intimate Orchard Hotel is chic and stylish, with contemporary furnishings and an understated elegance. This boutique hotel, halfway up fashionable Nob Hill, is two blocks from bustling Union Square with its many shopping opportunities. The Orchard and its sister hotel, the Orchard Garden Hotel, are LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification means the hotels were built and are managed using the building council's criteria for sustained leadership in energy and environmental design.

Hotel Griffon

The Hotel Griffon, on the Embarcadero Waterfront, is a member of the California Green Lodging Association, which strives for sustainability and environmental stewardship. This handsome boutique hotel is nestled among other hotels, restaurants and shops along the Embarcadero, and offers easy access to Union Square, the Moscone Convention Center and the Financial District. The hotel's restaurant, Perry's, offers classic American fare.

Best Western Tuscan Inn

The Best Western Tuscan Inn is a mid-range boutique hotel in a great location, which is not an easy combination to find in San Francisco. The hotel is close to most tourist spots. The manager hosts a wine reception every evening in the lobby, which is furnished like a countryside villa in Tuscany, with a big fireplace and sophisticated furnishings. The on-site restaurant, Cafe Pescatore, has an Italian sidewalk-cafe ambiance and features seafood and Italian favorites. The hotel has received Green Seal certification.

About the Author

Jean Mann has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years. She enjoys writing travel, medical, health and how-to articles for various publishers. Mann is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English.

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