Since Austin is such an eco-friendly city, you might expect all hotels here to be environmentally responsible. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily the case. Here are the hotels that make an extra effort to conserve water, save energy and generally take care of the planet.
The Westin Austin saves energy by automatically adjusting thermostats and turning off lights when sensors detect that guest rooms, meeting rooms and other spaces are not occupied.
The Four Seasons uses specially treated window films to help keep rooms cool. All landscaping is treated with non-toxic pest control products. As with many hotels in recent years, the hotel asks that guests keep the same towels for more than one day unless they really need to be replaced.
The Hyatt Regency uses only native and adapted plants in its gardens. Its restaurants use primarily organic and locally produced foods and beverages. The hotel has a highly efficient ventilation system that conserves energy while keeping guests comfortable.
The luxurious W Austin hotel does much of its green activities behind the scenes. The hotel itself is LEED-certified, which means both the building materials and day-to-day practices have met exacting standards. Also, the appliances in guest rooms are all Energy Star rated, which means they use energy wisely. The windows in the hotel are also Energy Star rated. Finally, all bathroom fixtures are among the most efficient available in terms of water use.
Best Western Plus uses sophisticated hardware and software to track energy use room by room and adjust it throughout the day and night to maximize efficiency. The entire staff, from maids to managers, has undergone training to ensure that they are familiar with best practices regarding saving energy and water.
In addition to a towel reuse program, Hyatt House uses only Energy Star machines in its laundry. Local plants are featured in the landscaping, and no toxic chemicals are used in the gardens. Plus the hotel uses only energy-efficient light bulbs and biodegradable toiletries.
At the Hilton Austin, whenever possible, leftover food is donated to soup kitchens or other charitable groups. All waste produced on-site is composted. All toiletries utilize recycled packaging. By way of signs and other messaging, the hotel seeks to educate guests about green practices.
At Home2 Suites, water is carefully managed throughout the property. Watering is managed on a carefully controlled schedule that takes the weather and other factors into account. Showers, toilets and faucets are all among the most efficient on the market in terms of water use.
In addition to a comprehensive recycling program, the Hilton Garden Inn uses the latest energy-efficient light bulbs that save energy while also giving off a pleasing, even light. The restaurant serves primarily locally produced and organic food and beverages. No poisons are used on the hotel's landscaping.
All kitchen appliances used at the Residence Inn are Energy Star rated, indicating a high level of energy efficiency. In addition, the hotel gently nudges guests to learn about environmental best practices and provides informational materials throughout the property. The heating and air-condition systems use a highly efficient venting system to help keep energy costs under control.
The hotel is Green Seal Certified, which indicates a high level of commitment to sustainability throughout the property. All waste produced at the whole is processed in a composting system. Specially coated windows help to keep the interior of the building cool even at the height of an Austin summer. All bathroom fixtures use water efficiently.
The hotel's kitchen works closely with homeless shelters and food banks to ensure that any leftover foods go to people who really need it in the Austin area. The hotel uses smart thermostats in guest rooms that can automatically adapt to traffic patterns and adjust the temperature accordingly. Windows throughout the hotel are Energy Star rated.
The Courtyard Austin Downtown uses only Energy Star-rated machines in its laundry facilities. Energy use is carefully monitored using sensors, hardware and software that calibrate the level of energy needed based on current conditions. Only Texas native and adapted plants are used in the hotel's landscaping. The hotel uses highly energy-efficient lighting systems.
The Hilton Garden Inn avoids using any toxic substances on its landscaping. Showers, toilets, and faucets use the latest water-saving technology. Automated climate control systems strike a careful balance between guest comfort and energy efficiency.
The hotel employs an aggressive preventive maintenance program to ensure that appliances and other systems stay as energy-efficient as possible. Courtyard Austin uses organic toiletries and does not use toxic chemicals on landscaping. Thermostats are automatically controlled to balance comfort and energy conservation.
The hotel minimizes the use of chemicals in landscaping. The laundry facilities at the Doubletree by Hilton use only machines that are Energy Star rated. In addition to a comprehensive recycling program, the hotel maintains tight control over temperatures in both the guest roms and in common areas.
Every window on the building is Energy Star rated for high efficiency and optimal cooling. All toilets are packaged in recycled materials. Bathroom fixtures make use of the latest water-conservation technologies to use as little water as possible. Behind the scenes, in the laundry facilities, all washers and dryers have earned an Energy Star rating. The hotel's ventilation systems are highly efficient.