With more and more hotels, restaurants, cruise lines and airlines making the decision to ban plastic straws, don’t miss visiting these 9 hotels from coast to coast that have gone straw free.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | Amelia Island, Florida
Located on a grand stretch of the island’s 13 miles of pristine coastline, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is buffered by a natural landscape of sand dunes and sea oats, making it the ideal escape for nature lovers. In an effort to protect the coral reefs and living animals surrounding the property, including the numerous gofer turtles, the hotel bans straws on its area of the beach. The property also offers a variety of classes for its younger travelers, teaching them ways to help save our planet.
Cachet Boutique New York Hotel | New York, NY
Located in the heart of Midtown West, Cachet Boutique New York Hotel has joined the movement “For A Strawless Ocean” to encourage guests and travelers alike to take action against plastic pollution, starting with the plastic straw. The property is completely straw-free at each of their F&B venues, such as their new outdoor SkyDeck and their farm-to-table restaurant, EDEN Local. For a Strawless Ocean provides a toolkit with proven approaches for individuals, organizations and communities to reduce the 8-12 million metric tons of plastic scientists estimate enter the ocean each year. Cachet Boutique New York Hotel is an urban cultural oasis with 105 contemporary rooms and suites set amidst three discreet outdoor gardens and dining concepts.
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami | Miami, FL
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami has done away with plastic straws in drinks and now offers biodegradable straws. Guests can find these straws in their cocktails and drinks at any of the property’s six F&B outlets, signature restaurant Lightkeepers, Cantina Beach, RUMBAR, Dune Burgers on the Beach, Scoop and Key Pantry. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is just minutes from the city’s cosmopolitan center, yet feels like a secluded island getaway with its lush tropical gardens and infinity ocean views. The resort is home to two swimming pools, a secluded stretch of white sand beach, and a luxurious spa, as well as an expansive tennis center, designed by the legendary Cliff Drysdale.
The Charles Hotel | Cambridge, MA
The Charles Hotel, the smart place to stay, situated in Harvard University’s backyard, has jumped onboard the #SkipTheStraw movement. This 295-room property is the Boston “home away from home” for worldwide dignitaries such as Presidents, Prime Ministers, and the Dalai Lama along with various celebrities. In addition to doing away with plastic straws, The Charles has made multiple other “smart” and eco-friendly changes over the last few years including the removal of all bathtubs to minimize water use and the addition of a master switch installed in all of the rooms to turn on/off power, which saves 4 percent of power for the whole hotel. The Charles Hotel is the first hotel in the entire Boston area to implement this system.
The Garland | North Hollywood, CA
Located in the heart of North Hollywood, The Garland thrives as a certified green hotel at the silver level by the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program. The property’s signature restaurant, The Front Yard, has recently done away with all plastic straws and replaced them with biodegradable ones. These straws will also only be given upon request for most beverages in an attempt to further reduce waste and promote sustainability at the hotel. Additional green initiatives at The Garland include paperless check-in (which saves up to 30,000 pages a year), LED lighting throughout the hotel which conserves up to 20% more energy than traditional fluorescent lighting, an onsite vegetable and herb garden where The Front Yard harvest many ingredients, drought resistant landscaping and low-water usage plants, paperless newspapers via PressReader, and more.
Marriott Irvine Spectrum | Irvine, CA
Located in the business and entertainment hub of Irvine, Marriott Irvine Spectrum is located only steps away from the Irvine Spectrum Center. Situated as a social hub, Heirloom, the property’s full-service restaurant contains a locally-driven menu crafted by Executive Chef Paolo Buffa and is straw-free as of 2018.
Hotel del Coronado | San Diego, CA
The legendary Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California is uniquely aware of the amount of energy a resort its size can generate and has taken steps to minimize consumption and waste. In addition to saving 641,000 kilowatts of power annually with energy efficient lighting, installing a state-of-the-art energy management system, and so much more, The Del will be straw free beginning July 1st. After serving a total of 3.6 million cocktails and soft drinks in 2017, the hotel looks forward to significantly reducing its impact on the world’s wasted plastic. As the only historic property to be Silver Green Seal Certified, the resort maintains a balance between environmental responsibility and exceptional service for all guests.
Jumeirah Group is on a journey in 2018 to reduce single use plastic items across its portfolio. Jumeirah Restaurant Group (JRG) went plastic straw free March 18, 2018, as part of its efforts to strengthen its commitment to the environment. The ban includes single-use plastic straws, swizzle sticks, stirrers and toothpicks across all of its food and beverage outlets including The Noodle House, Al Nafoorah, Pai Thai, Perry & Blackwelder’s, Trattoria Toscana, 360°, Segreto and The Agency located throughout the luxury hotel portfolio of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.
A newly opened socially responsible hotel that promotes sustainability through using a range of locally sourced, organic and eco products and services. Zabeel House MINI is committed to reducing plastic – there are reusable glass bottles and no plastic straws. The doors of this playful hotel located in Dubai’s Al Seef neighborhood opened in April 2018 and truly define the phrase maximum attitude, minimum frills.
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