Sustainability Meets Luxury: 5 Notable Eco-Friendly Hotels In New York City


Who doesn't love to conserve money and the environment? 

Eco-friendly hotels are popping up around the globe, where they are taking large steps in making a difference in the way the operate as citizens of their communities and planet as a whole. These hotels New York City especially stand out as they try to do just that, creating a sustainable stay for their guests to promote responsible ecotourism. Here are some hotels that have been recognized and praised for making waves in the Green Hotel scene:


This luxury hotel seems like an unlikely establishment to be "Green," but they are making big steps to become a leader in New York City for eco-conscious responsibility. Their website states:

This recent conversion to a new power model allows our sustainable hotel in New York to offset our overall electricity usage through the purchase of renewable energy certificates, an action that will specifically offset some 22 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is the equivalent of taking 4,142 passenger cars off the road, conserving 2,436,910 gallons of gasoline, energizing 1,844 American homes for one year, or saving 7,294 tons of waste from landfills.

They are also the first hotel in New York to partner with Clean the World, where they donated close to 600 pounds of soap and guest-room amenities each month for the relief organization. Their supplies were then sent to homeless shelters in 30 countries around the world, where the hotel was able to reduce several tons of landfill waste each year.

The New York Palace is also a member of the Green Key Eco-Rating program, where it holds a 4-key rating.


This hotel has earned an ECOTEL Five-Globe certification, where ECOTEL certified properties have lead the hospitality industry in environmental protection and preservation.

According to their website, they are "committed to reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency. In fact, The Benjamin was the first-and for decades, the only-environmentally friendly hotel in New York City." Some of their responsibilities include energy-efficient light switches and thermostats, a water conservation program, recycling bins in each guest room, a linens & towels program, and hotel cuisine sourced from local farms. They are also partnered with Clean the World, donating recycled soap products and educational materials around the world.

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This luxury hotel is all about sustainability, where this Kimpton hotel impresses with a boutique style and environmental commitment.

Recognized as Corporate Citizen of the Year, this hotel was awarded by the HotelWorld Global Hospitality & Design Awards to "truly celebrate the design and hospitality excellence shown by industry leaders over the past year." This is an internationally recognized award with applications submitted from around the globe."

Some of their environmentally-friendly practices include eco-friendly bath amenities, organic and fair trade snacks and beverages, recycling bins in every guest room, ceramic mugs to reduce paper waste, efficient lighting fixtures to reduce energy consumption, low flow plumbing, towel and linen reuse program, and more, green meetings and events at the hotel, and more.


As a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, this hotel practices economic prosperity, social responsibility and environmental protection. The InterContinental takes some big steps in being sustainable, where some of their highlights include:

A rooftop pollination colony of bees for the garden, power that is 100% by wind energy via renewable energy certificates (RECS), Green Engage meetings, local organic food, a Natural Power Breakfast every morning, supporting causes such as Million Trees NYC, and on-site composting.

It also engages in social responsibility programs including Hatua Likoni in Kenya, a grassroots organization to alleviate poverty. They also work with the East Side Community High School in a mentoring and awareness program to increase knowledge of tourism, trade shows, special events, and more to open students up to opportunities in New York.


This hotel aims to "spread awareness and learnings of our green initiatives."

Some of their contributions include kitchen appliances in each room that are Energy Star rated, construction and design with recycled materials, where the carpet is made of 100 percent recycled content, and organic paints are used to improve indoor air quality. They also recycle by using glassware and silverware to reduce paper and plastic waste. Bath amenities are also dispensable rather than in individual bottles, and rooms are equipped with recycling bins.



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