Hotel Inspira Santa Marta $$$$
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If you like your hotels eco-friendly, guilt-free, and good-looking, Hotel Inspira Santa Marta has you covered. Opened in September 2010 inside a renovated palace a couple of blocks from the buzzing Avenida da Liberdade, the hotel has an Escher-esque long wooden staircase in the lobby. Inspira Santa Marta buys renewable energy, recycles its waste, and uses only LED lighting. For every room booked, one euro is donated to charity. The profits from the water the hotel sells (in recycled glass, no less) goes to Pump Aid. The 89 guest rooms are designed around the feng shui themes of water, wood, fire, earth, and metal: The wood rooms have cork floors and green bedcovers; the fire rooms are decked out in purple, red, violet, and bold patterns. All come with a fair-trade tea and coffee station, Wi-Fi, and biodegradable bath products. The Retreat spa has six treatment rooms, and there is a fitness area with steam bath, hot tub, and sauna. At Open, the hotel's Mediterranean brasserie, you can watch chefs prepare your food in an open kitchen. Urban, a retro-themed bar, hosts art exhibits and live DJs.—Anja Mutić
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