Courtesy Sheraton Grand Seattle

Sleep Well in Seattle with Green Hotel Options

Seattle is known for our luscious forests, majestic mountains and natural surroundings – as well as our innovative spirit. With these assets at our disposal, our community prides itself on protecting our green by going green. Whether you are an attendee at a huge convention or visiting at your leisure, you too can be part of this Emerald City tradition.  Read on to discover four hotels in downtown Seattle that have gone green, so you can rest green!

A green roof retains up to 75% of rainwater, reducing stormwater runoff. Courtesy Hyatt Olive 8

As the first LEED SILVER certificated hotel in Seattle, Hyatt at Olive 8 is a pioneer when it comes to green practices. Located in the bustle of the city, guests can escape to one of the largest living rooftops. Its 8,335 square feet of green attracts birds, bees, butterflies.

Hyatt at Olive 8 supports reuse and recycling practices through food composting, in-room recycling, and food bank donations. They are committed to green housekeeping and 100% toxin-free dry-cleaning services. Hyatt at Olive 8 has 346 luxurious rooms, green meeting capability, and a central location in the heart of downtown making it a wonderful place to hold meetings and enjoy the city.


Starwood and Marriott’s nationwide “green room” initiative started as a pilot program at the Sheraton Grand Seattle Courtesy Sheraton Grand Seattle

Many guests across the country are familiar with the “green room” initiative, but not as many know that it started as a pilot program at the Sheraton Grand Seattle. This innovative program rewards guests for opting out of linen and towel replacement, rewarding guests with their choice of a $5 gift card for the hotel’s restaurants or loyalty points for choosing to reuse their linens. This started a revolution nationwide for all Starwood and Marriott properties and the program has been replicated nationwide. Located right across the street from the convention center, Sheraton Seattle is choice for anyone looking for convenient, earth-friendly accommodations in Seattle.

Motif Seattle participates in Destination Hotels’ Destination Earth program. Courtesy Motif Seattle

An independent boutique hotel, the Motif Seattle offers a funky modern décor and a Destination Earth program. Since 2008, Destination Hotels has worked on creating a green hotel environment. Working with Gaia consulting group, the hotel group has looked at how to retrofit existing properties with more energy efficient systems for lighting, water, heat, and cooling. Looking to hold a meeting at the Motif? They have a green meeting program to help increase environmental awareness in hotel guests.

All Kimpton hotels are certified by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. Courtesy Alexis Hotel

Kimpton strives to be a leader in eco-tourism by being the first hotel brand to have their entire portfolio become 100 percent certified by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program and a part of the TripAdvisor Green Leaders Program. All Kimpton properties use non-toxic cleaning supplies and have cut out single-use hygiene products. Since 2009, these hotels have partnered with Clean the World, an organization that distributes recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families in countries suffering with high death rates of pneumonia and cholera.

Seattle Kimpton hotels promote “Choose to Conserve”, a program in which guests who choose not to have daily housekeeping will earn $10 a day to put towards their room rate, mini bar purchase, or restaurant purchase. In Seattle, guests have four choices; Hotel Monaco, Alexis Hotel, Palladian Hotel, and Hotel Vintage, all with their unique personalities and locations around downtown.

Presidential Suite at Palladian Seattle Courtesy Palladian Seattle

These are only four of the hotels in Seattle that support green practices but there are so many more in the city and surrounding areas. I’d love to hear about your experiences of going green in Seattle. Feel free to give a shout out to our local hotels for their sustainable practices in the comments below.



About the Author

Caitlin Gillespie

Caitlin Gillespie moved to Seattle after living and teaching in South Korea for six years. In her spare time, you will find her practicing yoga, learning about sustainable practices, and enjoying the outdoors.

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