Beautiful Green Eco-Friendly Hotels In Miami

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By: Shayne Benowitz

In Miami and around the world, hotels and new building projects are taking the initiative to lower their carbon footprint through conservation and protection of natural resources. With Miami’s unique and delicate ecosystem, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Everglades and the Florida Straits, we take environmental preservation seriously. When it comes to traveling to Miami, the best way to know if you’ve booked a stay at an environmentally conscious hotel is to ensure it’s a member of Florida Green Lodging or that it’s LEED certified.

Created by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to equip travelers with resources when it comes to finding a green hotel, Florida Green Lodging rates properties in five areas of sustainable practices. These include: Communication & Education; Waste Reduction, Reuse & Recycling; Water Conservation; Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality. Similarly, LEED is the international benchmark in energy efficient building, design and construction set by the US Green Building Council.

With so many green hotels to choose from in Miami at every price point, it’s easy to make the decision to go green. In fact, many major hotel brands in Miami are members of Florida Green Lodging, including the Best Western, Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Hyatt, JW Marriott, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton and Westin, and many are also LEED certified. Read on for some of our favorite eco-conscious hotels in Miami.

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1 Hotel South Beach

1 Hotel South Beach is a luxury lifestyle hotel that celebrates nature with an eco-driven mission. As a Silver LEED certified project, the hotel made use of reclaimed wood throughout the interiors. “We’ve launched a cause, not a brand. We’re as much about what you see as what you’re not going to see in our hotels,” says Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital Group, referring to the fact that there are no paper or plastic products in guestrooms. Instead you’ll find, “triple clear” water filters in all taps to replace plastic bottles, a chic little chalkboard as opposed to paper and pen and a 1 Hotels Field Guide app in place of brochures. There’s also a small fleet of Tesla electric cars available to hotel guests.

    Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell/Downtown

    Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell/Downtown holds the distinction of being the first LEED certified hotel in Miami. Located in the heart of Brickell with popular Batch Gastropub at ground level, the hotel offers sweeping views of Miami’s skyline while keeping prices and its carbon footprint low.

      Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club

      A member of Marriott’s luxurious Autograph Collection, Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club occupies a historic Art Deco property on Miami Beach. While this iteration of the hotel opened in 2018, the property became the first LEED certified hotel on Miami Beach in 2014 when it was renovated and a new modern tower was built. Today, it’s a bastion of laidback luxury with a nautical aesthetic, two swimming pools, an Italian restaurant and oceanfront bar. It offers a fresh design for a stylish and sustainable night’s sleep.

        The Miami Beach EDITION

        The Miami Beach EDITION occupies a historic property originally built in the 1950s, which it restored into a LEED certified hotel. This luxurious collaboration between Marriott International and boutique hotelier Ian Schrager takes being green to new luxurious heights with two restaurants by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Basement nightclub, which boasts both an ice skating rink and four-lane bowling alley. As with all Marriott hotels, The Miami Beach EDITION is committed to eliminating single-use plastics from its property by July 2019.

          The Palms Hotel & Spa

          The Palms Hotel & Spa is a classic eco-conscious hotel in Miami and a member of Florida Green Lodging. The hotel exudes Old Florida charm with a lovely pool and lush outdoor lawn. Their farm-to-table restaurant Essensia is a true bastion for sustainable cuisine, sourcing fare from local purveyors, while also incorporating ingredients from their onsite garden.

            Circa 39

            Circa 39 is the Palms’ sister hotel and is also a member of Florida Green Lodging with the same sustainable culinary philosophy. The boutique hotel is home to Jules Kitchen, a cozy and eclectic eatery dishing up global comfort food. So what exactly is global comfort food? Think, pulled pork calypso sliders, carne con queso egg rolls and Greek nachos made with pita chips and feta. You can also delight in Caribbean shrimp mofongo, Korean BBQ spare ribs and a Cubano sandwich.

              The Standard Miami Beach

              The Standard Miami Beach hotel is a member of Florida Green Lodging. Located on Belle Isle on the Venetian Causeway, the hotel is practically floating on Biscayne Bay with a dreamy zero entry swimming pool and outdoor mud lounge, as well as an indoor spa with a spacious stadium-style hammam and water journey. The property promotes an overall sustainable lifestyle with a restaurant specializing in healthy, organic cuisine.

              With so many hotel options to choose from, being green has never been easier. For more information on LEED certified hotel projects, visit their website and for Florida Green Lodging information, visit its website.

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