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In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Green Hotel Focus

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In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Grand Velas Los Cabos Receives Blue Flag Beach Distinction

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO—The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Los Cabos was awarded its Blue Flag Distinction for the 2022 to 2023 season. To be eligible for the accolade, the resort was evaluated against a series of rigorous environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria. To keep the beach clean, the resort uses various methods, from manual cleaning and sand screening through sieves made from recycled material to a Sandbox Tractor. The resort also follows the protocols for Sea Turtle nesting in accordance with the Department of Ecology and Environment. In complement with the Blue Flag and other current sustainability initiatives, the...

Historic Scandic Holmenkollen Park Reopens in New Attire

OSLO, NORWAY—Scandic Holmenkollen Park in Oslo has a 128-year history. The hotel recently reopened following a comprehensive 15-month renovation. The hotel has 376 rooms spread over 10 buildings and with its unique location in Oslo, guests from all corners of the world will once again be able to enjoy a unique destination hotel in eastern Norway. Over the past 15 months, Scandic Holmenkollen Park has been undergoing an extensive renovation that has preserved the rich history of the building while adding modern concepts and solutions. The renovation has been a collaboration between Scandic and property owners Eiendomsspar and Rica Eiendom...

Sycuan Casino Resort Installs 45 Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Stations & Battery Energy Storage

SAN DIEGO—Sycuan Casino Resort announced the addition of low-carbon technologies at its casino location in San Diego. The project includes 40 Level 2 chargers, 5 DC fast chargers (DCFC), and a 250-kilowatt (kW)/560 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery energy storage system (BESS) in progress. This project supports California’s goals of achieving five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030 and 250,000 electric vehicle charging stations by 2025. Additionally, a project of this size is estimated to deliver approximately 490,000 electric miles, which is equivalent to saving 22,000 gallons of gas each year and thereby avoiding 431,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually. This project is just another step the organization...

1 Hotel Austin Set to Open in 2026

NEW YORK, N.Y.—1 Hotels, the mission-driven, sustainably focused luxury lifestyle hotel brand founded by hospitality visionary Barry Sternlicht, announced plans to add a new sanctuary to its global portfolio of premier properties. With properties in New York City (Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park), West Hollywood, Sanya (China), South Beach, Nashville, Toronto, and San Francisco, 1 Hotel Austin is the brand’s entry point into the fast-growing Texas marketplace. The property is being developed in partnership with Lincoln Property Company and Kairoi Residential. 1 Hotel Austin will be an integral component of an innovative mixed-use hotel, residential and retail project currently under construction at the...

Jumeirah Beach Hotel Installs Water Bottling Plant

DUBAI, U.A.E.—Jumeirah Beach Hotel is saying goodbye to single-use plastic bottles by installing a top-of-the-range Nordaq glass bottling plant at the resort. With roughly 300 million tons of plastic produced each year and nearly 8.8 million tons dumped directly into our oceans, the Dubai family resort is contributing to the fight against discarded plastic by replacing single-use water bottles in its rooms and suites with reusable glass bottles. The hotel’s in-house water treatment and bottling operations will eliminate single-use bottles and give guests an eco-friendly alternative. This is in-line with the Dubai Can initiative from His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin...

LEED Gold Fairfield by Marriott Celebrates Brand Debut in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA—Fairfield by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 brands, announced the opening of Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela, celebrating the brand’s debut in Costa Rica. Located in the Alajuela province and inspired by the beauty of simplicity, the 120-room hotel delivers an inviting and seamless experience, positioned to become the destination of choice for travelers to the greater metropolitan area of Costa Rica. Fairfield by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela has opened its doors as a LEED Gold certified hotel, awarded for functioning as a green building that’s ecofriendly and enhances community quality of...

Scandic Opens Green Certified Boutique Hotel in Central Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—Scandic has opened Scandic Nørreport, a boutique hotel located in central Copenhagen, providing guests with a new type of hotel experience featuring 100 stylish rooms and a rooftop bar overlooking the city. Scandic Nørreport will also be the first Danish hotel to be certified according to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel’s new, stricter requirements. Located next to Nørreport Station and Kongens Have, Scandic Nørreport is Scandic’s ninth hotel in downtown Copenhagen and 29th hotel in Denmark. The hotel has been designed with a focus on providing an ultra-comfortable stay in the heart of the city and features a rooftop bar with spectacular...

1 Hotel Nashville Is Now Open, Is Green Brand’s Eighth Location Globally

NASHVILLE, TENN.—1 Hotels, the sustainable luxury lifestyle hotel brand founded by hospitality visionary Barry Sternlicht, announced the opening of 1 Hotel Nashville, the famed musical and cultural hub’s most consciously cultivated urban oasis and the 8th hotel in the global fleet. Nestled in the heart of downtown Nashville, directly across from the Music City Center and within walking distance of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the property’s 215 rooms and 37 suites include expansive city and skyline views. A verdant ivy-covered façade and native landscaping evoke nearby natural attractions, from the bustle of the Cumberland River to the Smoky Mountains and the Natchez Trace. “With the...

Hilton Celebrates Debut in Galapagos Islands with Royal Palm Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton announced the opening of the Royal Palm Galapagos, Curio Collection by Hilton, a boutique estate with 21 villas and deluxe rooms brimming with the charm of an Ecuadorian Hacienda. Secluded on a 160-hectare estate in the lush Miconia Highland Forests adjacent to Galapagos National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Curio Collection by Hilton’s newest tranquil sanctuary is a haven for serenity and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. “Debuting in a destination that organically welcomes travelers to connect with nature, dream and discover, this momentous opening marks the first international hotel brand in the Galapagos Islands, while making Ecuador the...

Courtyard Titusville Kennedy Space Center Built with Sustainability in Mind

TITUSVILLE, FLA.—Visitors to Florida’s Space Coast can now enjoy stays at a new hotel that features a rooftop bar and restaurant, resort-style pool and other amenities in a convenient location closest to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, including its launch pads and adjacent visitor complex. The five-floor Courtyard Titusville Kennedy Space Center, developed and operated by global hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North, opened in April. Amenities for Leisure & Business Travelers The hotel is quickly becoming popular for both aerospace workers and families and other leisure tourists. It features 152 rooms, including 14 extended and one-bedroom guest suites and eight ground floor walkout rooms,...