Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 399 9807
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
From an in-room key card system that controls lighting and temperature (reducing energy consumption by 20 percent) to whimsical drapes and carpets fashioned from recycled materials, this 86-room hotel's eco-friendliness scored a hallowed LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, one of only a handful of U.S. hotels to receive one. Still, Orchard Garden doesn't sacrifice environment in the name of environmentalism: The Egyptian cotton bedspreads are silky soft, the attractive furnishings are constructed of maple harvested from a sustainable forest, and sleek modern fixtures hold compact fluorescent light bulbs. While the service is still working out some kinks, Roots, the on-site eatery, offers a tasty menu of naturally raised meats and sustainably caught seafood. Best of all, this Union Square hotel saves not only the planet but also your wallet.2007 Hot List
When to go: Visit during the Chinese New Year (usually between late January and late February) for easy access to the Chinese New Year's Day parade.
Which room to book: Any ending in 10, for an extra 90 square feet and a separate sitting area.
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym