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Stay Eco: San Francisco

by Organic Spa Magazine

From in-room yoga mats and recycling programs to farm-fresh food and roof-top gardens, these green hotels are the perfect place to rest your head after a day in this northern CA city. Local wineries, breweries, and fresh seafood combine to make San Francisco a wonderful eco-food destination.

The Buchanan - A Kimpton Hotel

San Francisco’s three most dynamic neighborhoods – Japantown, the Fillmore, and Pacific Heights – come together at The Buchanan surrounded by many nearby culinary hot spots. Zen style meets vibrant colors and textures in the 131 spacious guest rooms, each with natural and organic in-room spa services, in-room yoga mats, and luxurious frette linens. Enjoy Kimpton’s custom designed PUBLIC bikes and pet-friendly amenities with several nearby parks to explore. thebuchananhotel.com

Orchard Garden Hotel

Orchard Garden features a roof top garden, key controlled energy system, in-room recycling, and carpet made out of recycled content with low chemical emission. Appliances are energy star rated, organic citrus-based cleaning products are used throughout the hotel, all menus and paper products are 100 percent recycled and printed with soy-based ink. Roots Restaurant, named San Francisco’s Best Local Sustainable Restaurant by San Francisco Weekly in 2009, offers locally sourced meats and produce for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fairmont San Francisco 

Construction began in 1902, continued for many years, and the hotel has now been restored to include the amenities of the 21st century. Dine at Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar with wines from local boutique wineries, craft beers, and fresh seafood from San Francisco Bay. In 2010, Fairmont partnered with Marshall’s Farm to install honey beehives in the hotel’s culinary gardens, where honey for the hotel’s soups, salad dressings, and pastries is harvested. fairmont.com/san-francisco

Taj Campton Place

Relax in your pear-wood paneled retreat with a bath menu. Dine at the two-Michelin-starred Taj Campton Place Restaurant where executive chef Srijith Gopinathan serves up Californian-Indian fusion with San Francisco’s wild, organic and free-range produce. taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj-campton-place-san-francisco/

Hotel Zetta, Viceroy Hotels

Zetta, home of an underground art exhibition, features pieces designed with recycled and reused fixtures. Green initiatives include comprehensive recycling programs, use of biodegradable cleaning products, Stay Green nightly housekeeping program, and employee car pool incentives. Stay fit and focused with the 24-hour wellness studio, in-room yoga mats, complimentary yoga classes, and access to the Burke Williams Spa. Hotel Zetta is also pet-friendly. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/zetta

Sir Francis Drake Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel

Victorian inspired, Sir Francis Drake Hotel features rich fabrics and European linens. Scala’s Bistro features a chef-driven seasonal menu with market-fresh ingredients from Executive Chef Larry Finn. Amenities include luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities, in-room spa services, in-room yoga mat, organic coffee service, and pet-friendly accommodations. You can even travel through the city in healthy style with one of Kimpton’s custom designed PUBLIC bikes. sirfrancisdrake.com

Serrano Hotel 

Built in 1923, The Serrano Hotel building is on the National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco. The hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center, a complimentary wine hour, and pet-friendly vibes. Visit Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen for sustainable eats adhering to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch standards. The kitchen even turns excess grease and cooking oils into bio-diesel fuel. serranohotel.com

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