Stay Green… 10 Ways Hotel Guests Can Make A Difference

by Country Inns & Suites
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You don’t have to trot the globe to be an eco-friendly traveler. While green travel usually is associated with visits to tropical retreats in places like Costa Rica or Belize, it’s possible to be a responsible guest much closer to home.   Country Inns & Suites new property in Tuscon, AZ is a great example of how you can live green a bit closer to home.  Read on for more details about this exciting new property, and information about what you can do as a hotel guest to positively impact the environment!

When you’re booking your room, ask about the hotel’s general environmental practices. Do they do the basics like recycling and using energy efficient lighting? Try to stay with hotels that are making a real effort to stay green and you’re on your way to being a more eco-friendly traveler.

Here are 10 other ways that you can stay green on the road:

  1. Re-use sheets and towels – A typical U.S. hotel uses 218 gallons of water per day per occupied room, and fresh linens account for a significant share. Many hotels now allow guests to simply place a card on the bed indicating they would like to use the same linens throughout their stay.
  2. Keep showers short, and don’t run the water while you brush your teeth – Good advice at home, and even better on the road.
  3. Turn everything off – That includes the air conditioning, heat, lights, television and radio. Closing the drapes offers natural insulation against the weather.
  4. Pack a small nightlight – That way, you won’t have to leave bathroom lights on overnight.
  5. Bring your own toiletries – This leaves the prepackaged hotel toiletries unopened and helps to minimize waste.
  6. Recycle the newspaper – Leave it at the front desk or hotel restaurant, or put it in a designated recycling bin.
  7. Walk and/or use public transport at your destination – The hotel front desk staff can help with maps and info on nearby transit.
  8. Dine in – Patronize eat-in and hotel dining rooms to decrease the number of disposable items associated with take-out meals and eating on the road.
  9. Donate those hotel points to a green cause – For example, Radisson Hotels & Resorts offers members of its goldpoints plusSM program the option to minimize the impact of CO2 emissions by redeeming points with community-based CarbonNeutral projects.
  10. Check out electronically – Many hotels offer this option on the room’s television. You can view your bill, approve it and reduce paperwork.

The largest city in Southern Arizona is home to the new 79-room Country Inn & Suites Tucson City Center. The hotel boasts several green initiatives, including water and energy conservation, and exemplifies the hotel’s eco-friendly outlook. Conveniently located off of I-10, the hotel is only minutes from the University of Arizona, perfect for guests coming to town to check out their favorite Wildcats sporting event.

Additional Energy Star amenities, including compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) and equipment make the hotel a geo-friendly property. The 100 percent non-smoking hotel features the brand’s new interior design package along with an outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center and meeting space for up to 35 people The hotel offers a variety of guest room styles including standard rooms, studio suites, one bedroom suites and Jacuzzi rooms. All rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave and refrigerator.