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Stay Eco: New York

by Organic Spa Magazine

Looking for a breath of fresh air in the concrete jungle? From 30-meter-high living walls, tranquil roof tops and lush gardens to in-room yoga, rain-forest showers, locally-sourced cuisine and reclaimed artwork—these New York City eco-hotels blend hip, modern living with eco-friendly design.

Muse Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel

With ideal surroundings of Times Square and Broadway, the Muse Hotel features spa suites with vintage soaking tubs. Dine in at NIOS, serving up vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes alongside seasonal modern-American cuisine. Get energized with stunning city views on your private balcony or terrace with in-room yoga mats and spa services, or visit the onsite 24-hour fitness center. themusehotel.com

1 Hotel Central Park

A two-minute walk from Central Park, the 1 Hotel Central Park, built to LEED standards, features light, air, and eco-initiatives that include 21,000 living plants, hangers recycled from old Xmas cards, a fitness center floor made from recycled materials and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. The lobby ceiling is made from reclaimed NYC oak and the restaurant, Jams, helmed by celebrity Chef Jonathan Waxman, serves local and organic food. In addition to a property in Miami, construction on a new 1 Hotel Central Park is underway near the Brooklyn Bridge. 1hotels.com

The Benjamin

The Benjamin, the first—and for decades, the only—environmentally friendly hotel in New York City, encourages the elements of a sustainable lifestyle. Headed by sleep medicine expert Dr. Rebecca Robbins, the Rest & Renew program offers a Top 10 pillow menu, sleep masks, blackout curtains, in-room spa treatments, and a 24/7 sleep team to help you get your best rest with pillow suggestions and other sleep advice. With a strong focus on nutrition, the James Beard Award-winning restaurant, The National, features healthy foods from Food Network’s Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. thebenjamin.com

Hudson Hotel

Designed with wit by Philippe Starck, the Hudson Hotel’s innovative, modern style is complemented by breathtaking views of the city from the Sky Terrace’s English garden. Makore wood walls, floors imported from Africa, and bedside lamps designed by British X-ray photography from Nick Veasey adorn guest rooms with funky flair. Dine in at the Hudson Common with market fresh ingredients to top your burger along with 16 beer taps of locally brewed beers. Run it all off at the 24-hour Hudson Gym. morganshotelgroup.com/hudson

Element New York Times Square West by Westin

Constructed and designed with recycled materials, the Element’s carpet is made of 100 percent recycled content and the use of organic paint improves air quality. The Element commits to eco-friendly practices, including water-efficient faucets and fixtures, Energy Star rated appliances, green cleaning products, and an extensive hotel recycling program. The hotel also rewards guests for making a green choice of declining housekeeping in order to conserve water, energy and resources. elementtimessquare.com

EVEN Hotel

All property and room amenities adhere to the four-pronged brand mantra: Eating Well, Resting Easy, Keeping Active and Accomplishing More. Whether Paleo or vegan, all meals are organic. Guest rooms come equipped with gear from foam rollers and yoga mats to resistant bands, and all beds are topped with eucalyptus linens. In addition to the one in Times Square, at press time, there were locations in Rockville, MD and Norwalk, CT—with plans to expand in New York City and Brooklyn, Seattle, Miami. evenhotels.com

Eventi — A Kimpton Hotel

Enjoy over 1,000 square feet of space in the fitness center, featuring LIVE Fitness and CareSentrik, which combines yoga and Pilates to create an innovative wellness class experience. Immerse yourself in New York on the fifth floor Veranda, an elegant setting overlooking Sixth Avenue, with a view of the Empire State Building. Relax at the Eventi Spa with Wellbeing Massage and Body Treatments. A 15,000 square foot indoor/outdoor multi-level public plaza hosts art installations, events, including the Big Screen Plaza, which showcases art on a 30 foot HD outdoor screen. eventihotel.com

High Line Hotel

Travel through time at the historical High Line Hotel, built in 1895. The restored building features the charm of its Collegiate Gothic past with its new design aesthetic, “Vintage Eclectic Americana.” Rooms are filled with one-of-a-kind antique furniture pieces, phones manufactured in 1922, heirloom rugs, historic fireplace mantles, and Cold War spy, Ingo Swann’s, personal book collection with hand-written notes. Glide through the Chelsea neighborhood on a complementary Shinola bicycle! thehighlinehotel.com

Ink48 — A Kimpton Hotel

Ink48 has you covered with a yoga mat in every room, hotel bikes to ride around town, and a 24-hour fitness center. Visit Press Lounge, a roof-top experience with glass walls showcasing dramatic views along with a greenhouse and a sunroom. Dine in with sustainably sourced ingredients from local farms and regional suppliers. Enjoy a healing, tranquil environment at inkSpa with luxurious spa treatments with views of the Zen Garden. Even pamper your pet without extra charges or weight limits with complimentary pet beds, food and water bowls and disposable pick up bags. ink48.com

The InterContinental New York Barclay

Since opening in 1926, The Barclay has been restored to combine contemporary design with historical sophistication. Located directly above the railroad tracks with its own platform in the basement, The Barclay is both unique and convenient. In 2009, The Barclay began a green sustainability initiative including a locally sourced, organic power breakfast buffet; a Global Enviro composting machine, and water conservation. Experience the 1920’s charm of The Gin Parlour with 88 premium gins. intercontinentalnybarclay.com


With décor inspired by New York’s Jazz Era, NYLO blends Upper West Side charm with eco-luxury. The hotel features original artwork from local artists with unique installments such as hanging globe chairs showcased with plenty of natural light. NYLO commits to Green Construction and Green Operation policies including a minimum of 50 percent recyclable materials. nylohotels.com/nyc

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