Yesterday, we talked about three simple ways the glamorous LA luxury hotel, Chateau Marmont, could increase its green score. Today, I want to suggest a few Chateau touches affordable eco-travel hotels can steal to make their guests feel like stars:
1. A handwritten welcome note. When we stepped into the cottage, a note sat on the coffee table. It was a simple two sentences welcoming us to the hotel and signed by the hotel's general manager, but it made us feel like a million bucks. Worried about killing trees? Try reusable mini chalkboards or tree-free stationery.
2. Complimentary treats. The Chateau had a tray full of organic chocolates and other goodies. This is a common practice, but socially aware destinations can take it to a new level: Stock it with local, organic produce guests can't get anywhere else. Think outside the basket -- what else would environmentally conscious guests would appreciate? TerraPasses? CFLs to take home?
3. Turn down service. Each night, the Chateau would turn down the sheets, put bottled water on each night stand, and light a candle in the bedroom. Eco-hotels could adopt the practice with a sneaky ulterior motive: Keep energy costs down by lighting candles for your guests at night to encourage them to keep the electricity off.