Sleep in a Green Room: What Are New York City’s Most Eco-Friendly Hotels?

With Earth Day on our mind, it’s time for a quick check of the greenest hotels in New York City.

The super-greens are hotels that have earned LEED certification, third party proof of adherence to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the U.S Green Building Council. Read more

Eco-Friendly in New York: Which Hotels are Greenest?

It’s Earth Day, which means it’s time for our annual honor roll of New York City’s green hotels.

As always, the greenest of the green are those with LEED certification — third party proof of adherence to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Once again, California leads the national pack with 25 LEED certified hotels, but New York comes in second with 12, one more than last year.

While the vaunted Platinum level remains elusive, five New York hotels own Gold level status — Conrad New York, the Crosby Street Hotel, Element New York Times Square west, the Intercontinental New York Times Square and NoMad. Read more

Hunting Down the Greenest Hotels in New York City

With a nod to Earth Day, we offer our (second) annual roll call of green New York City hotels.

The greenest of the green are those with LEED certification – third party proof of adherence to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the U.S Green Building Council. Read more

When the Roof’s a Farm: Five New York Hotels that Grow Their Own Food

Hard as it may be to picture – especially if you’re gazing at the Empire State Building – Manhattan was once blanketed by farmland. John Rowland, the 19th-century surveyor who mapped Manhattan’s street grid, knew all about it. In his spare time he fashioned nearly 100 maps of the island’s farms.

But enough history. Manhattan farming is back, albeit on a very small scale (think planter boxes). Still, finding a Manhattan hotel that grows its own food – or at least some of it – is a lot easier than it was as recently as a year or two ago. Read more

How Marriott’s UK Hotels Turn Worn-Out Hotel Sheets into Tote Bags with Style

Marriott's Sweet Dream tote.

Marriott’s Sweet Dream tote.

Anyone who’s had the misfortune of sleeping on hotel sheets that were ripped or frayed knows that bed linens don’t last forever. Sixty washes constitutes a lifetime for a sheet. Read more

What’s Growing on the Roof at the Westin New York Grand Central?

The answer is on your plate or in your glass if you order an arugula salad or a muddled-mint mojito at LCL, the hotel restaurant and bar. Read more

Are Those Vitamins In the Minibar at The Standard?

Hotel minibars make me think of good times, not good for you. (M&Ms for $7, too, but that’s another story.)

But the minibars at the Standard hotels — including the Standard High Line and Standard East Village in New York – are tweaking what’s good, or at least what you’d imagine to be good in an in-room stash. Read more

How The New York Hilton Is Cultivating a Green Roof in the Middle of Midtown Manhattan

In observation of Earth Day (and Month), we pause for a quick pulse check on how New York City hotels are doing on the green front. Read more

Basil and Buzz: A First Look at the Intercontinental New York Barclay’s New Roof Garden

Chef Devesa and the Barclay bees.

Chef Devesa and the Barclay bees.

In a city known for lavish rooftop amenities, from lounges to pools, the roof of the Intercontinental New York Barclay is neither the tallest nor the chicest. But it’s got buzz. Read more

Food Delivered Fresh From a Vermont Farm to Your Room at Element Times Square West

A green hotel with a super green food service.

A green hotel with a super green food service.

Back to the land isn’t a phrase that leaps to mind when I think of New York, especially anything having to do with Times Square. Read more