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In D.C., It's Easy Going Green

Gary Lee

Eco travelers rejoice! You don't have to go to Costa Rica to take advantage of eco-friendly lodging.

In keeping with the movement across the hotel industry to go green, a couple of properties in Washington are moving to make their properties more ecologically correct.

* Residence Inn Capitol by Marriott (333 E St. SW, 202-484-8280) has just announced a new program allowing guests to green their stay in the hotel by purchasing renewable energy for the room. The hotel recently teamed with Clean Currents, a Maryland organization devoted to helping busineses combat global warming, in a program to purchase 50 percent renewable energy for the hotel's electricity needs. By paying a small fee, guests can elect to pay the remaining 50 precent required to make their stay wholly dependent on renewable energy.

* The Fairmont (2401 M St., 202-429-2400) also directs a percentage of its electricity dollars to wind power, thus reducing its dependence on oil. The hotel has also invested in a hydrocarbon-powered dry-cleaning machine.

* Not to be outdone, Perseus Realty, LLC, a D.C. development company, and partner Starwood hotels, have announced plans to build the first fully green hotel in DC. The hotel, to be part of Starwood's new "1" chain, will be a five-star property. Construction won't begin until next year. and the hotel won't be open until 2010. But it has been designed to fit all of the latest environmental building standards.

Are you inclined to choose these properties over others? Or are you more likely to choose a D.C. hotel based on price, location or other considerations?

By Gary Lee |  October 25, 2007; 1:41 PM ET  | Category:  Gary Lee , Hotels
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I think hotels that choose to "Go Green" are great, and probably the wave of the future. But, while I have a taste for Moet, I have a wallet for Cold Duck. My budget for visiting anywhere starts to max out once it starts going above $100.00 a night. For a trip to D.C. price and proximity to Metro will win every time. A stay in Old Town Alexandria, or at the Red Roof in China Town, will allow me to afford that $25.00 lunch at the American Indian Museum, or the $7.00 glass of wine at Union Station befor my train departs.

Posted by: rja112 | October 26, 2007 1:21 AM

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