Portola Hotel & Spa Earns Silver LEEDÂ® Certification
Portola Hotel & Spa, located on the Monterey Bay waterfront near Fisherman’s Wharf, is proud to announce its earning of the Silver LEED® Certification ““ becoming the first “green” hotel in Central California. This Monterey Peninsula Hotel is the third hotel in California and sixth hotel in the U.S. to attain this high level in the “Existing Building” category.
Monterey Bay, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 21, 2011
Setting the bar for environmentally-conscious hotels in Central California, Portola Hotel & Spa, one of California’s premier family friendly destinations located in the heart of Monterey, was recently granted its Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Portola Hotel & Spa becomes one of only three hotels in all of California and one of only six hotels in the U.S. to earn this level of accreditation in the Existing Building (EB) category.
As an independent hotel brand, and an existing building, Portola Hotel & Spa achieved this certification as a result of a longstanding commitment by the hotel ownership, management and staff to reduce its environmental impact and implement new green initiatives. Portola Hotel & Spa’s dedication started with a few key team members more than two years ago and grew to include all of its employees along with guests and locals who provide continued support.
“The green experience at Portola Hotel & Spa is reflective of our commitment to the environment and preserving our coast’s extraordinary natural beauty,” said Janine Chicourrat, general manager of the hotel. “Guests appreciate the everyday sustainable practices at the hotel, which is very rewarding, and locals appreciate our commitment to the community. Achieving Silver LEED Certification is an added testament to our passion and efforts and we are proud to be an environmental leader not only in Central California, but across the state and country.”
As a part of its journey to attain Silver LEED Certification, Portola Hotel & Spa completed a variety of enhancements that build upon the guest experience, including a renovation of its guestrooms. The newly remodeled 379 guestrooms, including 10 suites, feature Green from Natüra bath amenities, which are completely biodegradable, including all packaging; Green Label Plus carpet in all guestrooms, certified by the Carpet & Rug Institute for low volatile organic compounds (VOC); low or no VOC paints; environmentally-friendly custom designed mattresses from Monterey Mattress Company; Energy Star 42″ flat screen televisions and refrigerators; low-flow water fixtures; and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products.
About Portola Hotel & Spa
Portola Hotel & Spa is located in historic Monterey overlooking the Monterey Bay and the beautiful peninsula shoreline. The hotel is adjacent to Monterey Conference Center, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Marina, and is a short walk from historic Cannery Row and the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Carmel, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove and Monterey Airport are each just a five-minute drive from the hotel. With spacious accommodations, exceptional service and a wealth of amenities such as spa facilities, onsite dining, a pool & Jacuzzi, and access to the area’s best attractions, Portola Hotel & Spa is a superior choice for exciting vacations. Corporate travelers will also enjoy flexible event space and 24-hour business center.
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