Eco-Friendly West Hollywood
While WeHo is known for urban cool, the city also leans green. As 1 billion people around the globe gear up for Earth Day on April 22, be assured WeHo does its part for the planet too. Many WeHo hotels adhere to green policies, such as energy-efficient lighting, recycling programs, and eco-friendly toiletries as well as giving guests the option to limit towel and linen washing.
La Peer Hotel
Protecting the planet is clearly a priority at the recently opened La Peer Hotel. Innovative strategies were employed from the ground up – about 10% of building materials were extracted, processed and manufactured regionally and about 80% of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills. An air-quality management plan was used during construction to flush out irritating chemicals emitted by carpet, paint, glues, sealants and coatings. Reflective roofing material reduces heat gain within the building.
Additionally, the hotel boasts water-efficient fixtures, green cleaning products and high-efficiency HVAC systems as well as electric-vehicle charging stations and clean-air vehicle parking spaces.
Technology can be a boon for hotels that aim to be gentle on the Earth. The Jeremy Hotel employs a cloud-based system called KEYPR to cut down on paper. The system lets you use your smart phone and in-room tablets to access hotel services, check-in/out, order in-room dining, access hotel information and communicate with hotel staff. The Jeremy also offers a Tesla as the house car plus triple-filtered water in glass (no plastic water bottles) as well as organic, unbleached Keetsa pillows.
Mondrian Los Angeles
You can experience “a greener opulence” when you stay at the Mondrian Los Angeles. The hotel’s newly revamped environmental initiatives include an Aquarecycle system to reduce its water footprint and the popular Wellsys water-purification system. The Mondrian also implemented a lighting retro-fit from incandescent to LED. An automation system turns off air conditioning in guest rooms when windows are open or rooms are empty. It also displays guest-services requests such as privacy and room service.
The Andaz West Hollywood
The Andaz West Hollywood makes a difference with LED lights throughout the hotel, information on how to conserve water in each restroom, low-flush toilets, changing linens every third day, and an eco-friendly linen-processing facility.
The Charlie Hotel
The Charlie Hotel placed pebbles instead of grass in its walkways in order to save water. In the guests’ kitchens, dishtowels are provided instead of paper towels and almost the whole property runs on LED lights.
You can continue to do your part for Mother Earth while in WeHo too. You’ll discover a bunch of cool options for getting around WeHo without a car. Download WeHo To Go!, the city’s guide to car-free exploring on foot, bike or transit. Be part of the glam nightlife scene by jumping on The Pickup, a free trolley ride that runs along Santa Monica Boulevard on weekend evenings. Lots of other buses run frequently too. Another fun way to avoid traffic and see LA’s most scenic parts: take a tour with Bikes and Hikes LA. Or get an insider’s take on the storied Sunset Strip as you walk or jog from one famous site to the next. Musician Jon D’Amico leads Rock ‘n Walk & Jogging Tours and shares historical tidbits along the way.
Why not broaden your horizons? West Hollywood’s convenient bike-share program WeHo Pedals is partnering with bike-share systems in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and UCLA to form the Bike Share Connect network. The area encompasses 35 square miles with 830 GPS-connected smart bikes and 135 station locations. Existing users will automatically have access to the entire network, following the launch on April 23, 2018.
In honor of Bike Month in May, the City of West Hollywood is running a WeHo Pedals promotion for that month – offering 20 percent off new annual membership signups. The promo code is BIKEMONTH20.
West Hollywood Park (647 N. San Vicente Blvd.) and Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Blvd) are welcoming green spaces. Check out the Parks Route Walking Path, a 2.5-mile long route between the parks. Do it roundtrip and you’ll get your 10,000 steps in!