Monday, April 5, 2010

San Francisco's W Hotel Earns Silver LEED

When it comes to big brand hotels, the "W" moniker stands out among the rest, promising a sexy-chic stay no matter which metropolis you're visiting. And in San Francisco the hotel labeled with a lone character is upping its sizzle factor by making its eco cred official.

Last week, the four-diamond W San Francisco hotel became the first major hotel brand to earn Silver LEED certification for an existing building. Having begun its green initiatives in 2007, the hotel has implemented a bevy of energy saving systems, including in-room motion sensors that turn off air conditioning when guests aren't present, energy efficient lighting, and third-party energy audits that track total savings. The hotel is also considering adding roof top wind turbines--a feature that would hands-down set this property apart.

For business travel and meeting and convention planners, W San Fran has also added "Sensory Meetings," where "all food and beverage is organic, biodynamic and local." In partnership with Live Neutral carbon offsets, planners can also host and promote zero-waste, carbon-neutral events.

To celebrate the new LEED status, a "Keen to be Green" package is available for booking through the end of the year. Rates start at $249 and include an overnight stay, two "Eco-licious" cocktails, 500 bonus SPG points and complimentary valet for hybrids.

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