Want to Stay at a Green Hotel? Think Cheap
Those worried about their carbon footprint should consider a budget hotel
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2012 7:50 AM CDT
Vagabond Inn, San Luis Obispo   (©Willem van Bergen)

(Newser) – The greenest hotel chain in the US isn't exactly the swankiest: A new report from Brighter Planet finds that Vagabond Inn is the most energy- and carbon-efficient, the Los Angeles Times reports. Next up: Red Lion Hotels, another mid-range offering, followed by the budget Red Carpet Inns and then Travelodge. Dead last of the 75 chains analyzed? The more upscale JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

Brighter Planet considered hotel age, amenities (refrigerators in the room? a swimming pool?), room size, and other information including location, since certain parts of the country use more renewable energy. "Budget hotels are generally more efficient," the report concludes.

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May 9, 2012 10:14 AM CDT
You mean that jacuzzi uses energy?
May 5, 2012 12:18 PM CDT
It's not a chain, nor is it inexpensive but the Prospect Hotel in Greensboro is considered the greenest in the country. The roof is covered with solar units, the windows have awnings. The food is local and quite wonderful. It was built by a conscientious man, Dennis Quaintence and his partners. As a city we are very proud of him.
May 5, 2012 11:30 AM CDT
Duh !!! I hope they did not spend a lot of money on this research. Small cars are generally greener than big cars. Small hotel rooms are generally greener than big hotel rooms. Coach is generally greener than first class.