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LOS ANGELES—Waste management and sustainability have long been difficult problems for hotels, and among the most complex is mattress and box spring disposal. Traditionally, when bed sets are replaced, tens of thousands of pounds of potentially recyclable material ends up in landfills which is a big challenge for hotels trying to reduce waste.
In 2013, a new leadership team was brought in at Extended Stay America to oversee a $1 billion investment to improve its entire portfolio of 629 properties—the majority of which averaged 20 years in age—in a manner that would set the company up for future success. Extended Stay America owns its properties, ensuring the strategic initiative would be consistent in its rollout across the portfolio. The guiding principle of the initiative was to “improve the guest experience.”
To improve its lighting, the Hôtel Le Crystal turned to LED solutions from OSRAM SYLVANIA. The 4100K fluorescent lamps in the parking garage were replaced with SYLVANIA SubstiTUBE® IPS T8 LED 5000K lamps which provide a brighter, whiter light that can help facilitate quick vehicle identification and increase pedestrian visibility, enhancing safety and feelings of comfort in the garage. SubstiTUBE IPS T8 LED lamps with a 3000K color temperature were installed in hotel and conference rooms, in addition to the office areas, saving energy while maintaining the warm daylight color of the lighting and giving occupants the option to dim the light as needed.
As a popular contemporary airport hotel in one of the busiest cities in the world, this full service Marriott has business, leisure and contracted airplane crew to accommodate. The hotel that runs at 98 percent occupancy year round needed to upgrade or replace their guestroom fan coil units. The units were not properly operating to cool and heat. This resulted in guestroom complaints, reduced guest satisfaction and the consumption of more energy for less return. The challenge for this airport property was the property could not give up guestrooms. The age of the property and the fan coil units was also a challenge.
NORTH BERGEN, N.J.—Bed bugs continue to be a national scourge of our time. With increasing appearances in the news, homeowners search for solutions, landlords fear legal battles and hotel owners seek out preventive options. Recently, the USDA IR-4 Public Health Pesticides Program newsletter published the results of their funded study that measured performance of a green bed bug killer in infested housing apartments. Based on the field study by entomologists from Rutgers University, the report revealed that EcoRaider, a natural insect killer, shows strong effectiveness in eradicating bed bug infestations in housing apartments, comparable to a leading professional grade pesticide.
UKIAH, CALIF.—In the hospitality business, many owners see only two worlds to spend money: the front of the house—amenities and features that attract and cater to guests; and that other land known as the back of the house. Most owners place these worlds in different galaxies. Raakesh Patel is not like most owners. His Super 8 Ukiah, Calif. property strikes a true balance between the two worlds. Indeed, Patel sees things differently, and the primary color he is focused on is green.
“Loden” may refer to green, high quality, sheep’s wool clothing that originated in the Austrian Alps in the 16th century, or to the Vancouver, B.C.-based Loden Hotel that metaphorically lives up to the “Loden” name. The 15-story luxury hotel features fine wool carpet in its 77 upscale rooms and suites—plus corridors. To help ensure a green, healthy environment for guests and their pets, a MondoVap with TANCS dry steam vapor sanitation system is used daily.
CONCORD, CALIF.—Hilton Concord, located in the suburban community of Concord in the East Bay of San Francisco, is implementing a significant array of 16 integrated sustainability initiatives designed to drastically reduce the environmental footprint of the hotel while achieving increased net cash flow from operating cost reductions and creating added asset value. The hotel is owned and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts. “Investing in these initiatives will not only contribute to the bottom line, but will also position Hilton Concord as a leader in the market committed to environmentally-friendly practices,” said Ted Knighton, Interstate’s chief operating officer.
INWOOD, N.Y.—When one thinks about the highlights of a hotel property, amenities, restaurants, and overall service come to mind. The on-premises laundry room likely doesn’t figure into even the top 100 features. But if your business is efficiency and turning a property into the pinnacle of green lodging, the laundry room certainly might warrant top billing.