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01 Feb 2012
Eco-friendly features are almost commonplace in hotels these days. ANDREW BENDER looks at lodgings that take going green one step further.
Talk about minimal carbon footprint! Built from scratch every winter, Icehotel (above) is made from some 4,000 tonnes of ice, which melts back into the river system each spring. Come winter, snow is sprayed over the steel frames which are removed when the snow turns to ice, with ice blocks added for the rest of the construction. Guests don parkas and sleep in ice rooms, but not before quaffing some vodka at the ice bar. The hotel is working on becoming carbon negative by 2015, when it will rely solely on renewable energy like wind, solar and hydropower.
Los Angeles is the largest market for hybrid cars in the US, which is itself the world’s second largest hybrid car market. So it’s fitting that in this city that defines American car culture, Miyako Hybrid Hotel (above) – close to the US headquarters of carmakers like Toyota and Honda – caters to green drivers and eco-warriors. It boasts energy-saving water heaters, rooftop solar panels, a recycling programme, soaking tubs and toilets with low-flow plumbing. And did we mention that they have reserved lots for hybrid cars?