These charming Tucson hotels, resorts and B&Bs go above and beyond in their efforts to ensure that the Old Pueblo remains the clean, green desert it is today. Eco-conscious travelers will rest easy knowing these companies are striving to keep Tucson "green" and beautiful.
Adobe Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast
Originally built in 1933, the Adobe Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast is centrally located in the historic, architecturally diverse Sam Hughes neighborhood, two blocks east of University of Arizona. The inn's xeriscaped landscape uses drip-system irrigation, gray water, and run-off from rain and evaporative cooler water. Energy is conserved through use of solar tubes, CFL bulbs, Energy Star appliances, and low-flow toilets. Guests may participate in recycling programs, including a linen and towel re-use program, and recycling of gently used soaps and shampoos that are sent to users in Mexico via a local charity. Cleaning products are non-toxic, non-irritating, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, plant derived, made with non-animal ingredients, and are not tested on animals. Floors, both wood and ceramic, are steam cleaned, eliminating the need for chemicals that could transfer to guests' feet. Much of the produce used in breakfast preparation is purchased at local farmers' markets. Along with the eco-friendly packaging and product formulas, proceeds of the net sales of BeekindTM support honey bee and sustainable pollination research at University of California Davis. An energy audit is used to plan future capital expenditures. The Adobe Rose Inn is getting greener! We are eliminating one use plastic water bottles. Stay at the Adobe Rose Inn and you will receive plastic water bottles for all in your group. These wide-mouth bottles are refillable and can hold both ice and water.
Alta Vista Bed and Breakfast
Located near Saguaro National Park East with panoramic views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains, and Tanque Verde valley, Alta Vista Bed and Breakfast is a quiet haven that offers bird watching, hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities. A pool and a hot tub that can be heated upon request are available. Staff and guests participate in recycling of glass, plastic, metal, paper, and ink products. Alta Vista uses solar panels for 30 percent of its power. Guests will find Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency heating/cooling, towel and linen re-use program, low-flow toilets, water-saver showerheads, and hot water re-circulation pumps. Alta Vista serves many locally grown foods, including eggs from its own cage-free chickens and organic vegetables and fruits from its own garden. Alta Vista's gardeners engage in composting, rainwater harvesting, and gray water use.
Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites
The eco-friendly Best Western Royal Sun Inn & Suites is centrally located less than a mile from downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona (UA), and a few miles from Tucson International Airport (TUS). The hotel is "green certified" by Green Suites® Hotel Solutions and it uses Energy Star® appliances, low-flow toilets/urinals, and water-saver shower heads. The hotel re-uses fresh towels and linens; recycles glass, plastic, paper, grease, and printer cartridges; and minimizes paper usage. Monthly "green" meetings educate staff about the hotel's conservation programs; signs at the front desk and in all guest rooms explain these programs to guests and visitors. The hotel also offers a Business Center, free cook-to-order breakfast, a restaurant and lounge, flat-screen TVs and DVD players in all rooms, free wired and wireless Internet, an outdoor heated pool, a spa and exercise room, and several Jacuzzi suites with a separate bedroom. Pets are welcome for a small fee.
Big Blue House Bed and Breakfast
The Big Blue House is a unique, upscale, centrally located boutique bed and breakfast. Located near the University of Arizona - and a short walk from Fourth Avenue and downtown - this B&B is also an Earth-friendly establishment. In the process of becoming Green Seal certified - and already a member of http://www.istaygreen.org/- Big Blue House also boasts LED lights; Energy-star appliances; water-saver shower heads; drip watering systems and xeriscaping; recycling, composting and gray water use; and uses 50 percent locally grown fruits and vegetables in its kitchen. All of its cleaning products are natural, and 15 percent of its power comes from solar energy.
Casino del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center
As the biggest opening to hit Tucson since Sol Casinos launched Casino DelSol 10 years ago, the Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center knows the expectations are high. Seeking to not only meet those high expectations, but raise them, Sol Casinos is proud to announce it has earned inclusion in the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association's Certified Green Lodging Program. To become certified under this program, properties must achieve a minimum of 150 points in 15 categories, which outline green initiatives in every aspect of the property, from the administrative offices to housekeeping, landscaping to guest rooms to kitchen and food. The Casino Del Sol Resort scored an impressive 292 points, almost double the points needed to become certified. Even though the resort is now certified green, the work has just begun. Aggressive plans to integrate sustainability into every aspect of the property have been outlined in the Casino Del Sol Sustainability Education Empowerment Development (SEED) Initiative. Beginning with immediately actionable practices like installing energy efficient LED and compact fluorescent lights, to working toward future practices like composting and occupancy sensors for lighting, the SEED Initiative is positioning the Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center as a leader in sustainability and green practices in the Arizona hotel industry.
Cat Mountain Lodge
Cat Mountain Lodge is located on 13 acres in Tucson Mountain Park, just west of downtown Tucson. Cat Mountain Lodge minimizes its environmental impact by conserving energy, water, and other natural resources. The B&B reduces waste by recycling and purchasing recycled products, minimizes light pollution by adhering to strict guidelines, and reduces or eliminates the use of toxic materials by substituting natural products whenever possible. Construction of the property (one suite, three spacious guest rooms, and a guest house) involved products to conserve long-term energy usage; landscaping features native plants and locally purchased recycled materials. Rain water is harvested and an underground tank stores gray water for irrigation. Chemicals are eliminated through botanical controls such as organic insecticides and fertilizers combined with strategic trimming. Guest rooms are maintained using natural cleaning products, and linens are laundered using perfume-free, biodegradable, no NPE detergent and softener. Guest rooms also feature Energy Star air conditioning/ heating units with ionizers to minimize allergens; all-cotton sheets, blankets, and towels; down duvets; both down and hypoallergenic pillows; and bulk, organic bath soap, shampoo, and body wash. Guests are welcome to offer suggestions, as well as participate in the B&B's efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. AZ Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Green Hotel.
Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park
The Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park is taking strides to introduce eco-friendly programs to the midtown Tucson hotel. The Hilton-wide program, "Conserve to Preserve," has helped to cut back on electricity, gas, and water usage. Currently, new dual pane, low E windows and sliding doors are being replaced in all guest rooms, and energy-efficient thermostats have been installed. Guestroom incandescent and T-12 fluorescent light bulbs have been exchanged for high-efficiency CFLs and T-8 fluorescent fixtures to reduce electricity usage. A speedier, paperless checkout is offered to reduce paper waste. Recycle trash cans will be installed in all guest rooms, and will be provided for all conferences. Paper usage is limited via computer file-sharing programs, and all the paper used throughout the hotel has a minimum of 10% recycled content. The Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park aimes to be a leading innovator in introducing eco-friendly technologies to the hotel and tourism industry.
Hacienda del Desierto Bed and Breakfast
The award-winning, Spanish-inspired Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast is found in a peaceful desert setting on 16 acres next to Saguaro National Park East. Hacienda conserves energy with solar-powered entrance gates and high-efficiency zoned heating and cooling systems. This peaceful B&B saves water with low-flow toilets and urinals, high-efficiency front-loading washers and low-water dishwashing practices. Hacienda's water-efficient xeriscaping is kept in bloom with a drip irrigation system and gray water use, while an energy-saving towel and linen re-use program means linens are only replaced for new guests or after a 3-night stay. Hacienda -- a certified wildlife habitat -- has also reduced its consumption of wasteful plastic bottles by serving fresh well water instead of individual water bottles.
Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort
Set at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountain range in northwest Tucson, the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort is one of the finest resorts in the Southwest. Inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural canyon views and lush desert surroundings, this luxury full-service Tucson hotel is equipped with golf, tennis and conference facilities, and much more. The El Conquistador's "green" efforts include use of high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, CFL lighting, low-flow toilets and urinals, and water-saver showerheads. The resort uses gray water to keep its landscaping flourishing, and re-uses towels and linens to conserve water. El Conquistador recycles a variety of materials, and engages in composting. Fifteen percent of the resort's foods are locally grown - including herbs, tomatoes, chili peppers, zucchini and nuts. El Conquistador is also in the process of becoming Green Seal and EPA Energy-Star certified. For more information, download the Hilton El Conquistador's Green Practices PDF.
Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Tucson Airport
The newly renovated Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Tucson Airport North is one of the largest convention hotels in Tucson. Holiday Inn uses energy-saving CFL and LED bulbs, as well as high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. The hotel's water conservation practices are far-reaching, including use of low-flow toilets, urinals and showerheads, as well as hot water re-circulation pumps. Holiday Inn's beautiful courtyards are kept in top shape using low-water xeriscaping, while a towel and linen re-use program further reduces the hotel's water use. In addition to a comprehensive recycling program, the hotel uses recycled, biodegradable, and post-consumer products, as well as non-toxic and chemical-free cleaning products.
Downtown Tucson's historic Hotel Congress is famous as the scene where Tucson police captured notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger and his gang. In addition to recycling, Hotel Congress helps conserve energy with CFL bulbs and solar-powered outdoor concerts. The hotel's restaurant - Cup Café - buys local produce (Willcox tomatoes) and serves up fresh, organic produce and free-range meats. But this historic hotel really makes its mark with eco-friendly cleaning practices. Congress keeps its pipes clean and running with an earth-friendly, bacteria-based degreaser. And to help conserve water - a precious resource in the desert - the hotel has implemented waterless urinals, which have saved in excess of 100,000 gallons of water per quarter.
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa works to conserve water through xeriscaping, and recycles most materials. But what makes this luxury resort's "green" efforts stand out is its dedication to promoting local, sustainable agriculture. The resort has committed itself to being 95 percent sustainable by partnering with the Tohono O'odham Nation to produce local, organically grown products for the resort. Located just 15 minutes from the JW, this native American tribe (which has been farming organic, desert-friendly foods for generations) is helping the resort reduce its carbon footprint by producing organic meats and produce, free-range meats and cage-free eggs. JW also participates in Tucson's community food bank food donation program. Download JW Marriott's Green Initiative document (PDF).
Lodge on the Desert
Environmental conservation at Lodge on the Desert includes: food is sourced from local growers; sustainable seafood, organic foods whenever feasible, including use of use of Tru-Vodka; wine on tap eliminates bottles, labels, corks; composting for on-site garden; a circle of recycled packaging, recycled glass and labels; and used cooking oil is converted to biodiesel fuels. Green practices used in housekeeping include: eco-conscious cleaning products, including laundry; 100% recycled and 80% post-consumer public area and guest-room paper products; recycle program for guest-room magazines; CFL lighting in most areas; low-flow toilets and showerheads; refurbished toners and recycled office paper; and paperless guest check-in/check-outs. The Sales and Marketing department uses paperless, online promotional sales tools such as eMeetings & Events Guide; Weddings eBrochure help reduce paper.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is a 93-acre luxury resort in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains designed to blend in with its surroundings. Loews' efforts to go "green" and reduce its carbon footprint include using U.S. EPA Energy-Star certified energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbults, LED lights, water-cooled equipment, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and Energy-star laundry appliances. To help save water, Loews uses low-flow toilets and urinals, and low-water xeriscaping. Loews' restaurants use organic produce and animal-friendly free-range meats, and participate in a food donation program with Tucson Community Food Bank. The resort's Green Committee educates staff on environmental issues and encourages new suggestions for becoming eco-friendly.
Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
Located in the Santa Catalina Mountain foothills, the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa participates in the nonprofit recycling program "Clean the World," and recycles guest-room soaps and bottled amenities, which are sanitized and provided to impoverished people in more than 50 countries to prevent hygiene-related illness. The resort uses water-efficient technologies such as low-flow toilets and urinals, hot water re-circulation pumps, and water-cooled equipment to help conserve both water and energy; towel and linen re-use programs and solar-powered signage lights help reduce energy costs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, LED light bulbs, and Energy-star appliances are used, and non-toxic and chemical-free cleaning products are available upon request. A reclaimed water system helps irrigate the resort's lush landscaping. In addition to recycling and using chlorine-free paper products, the resort's restaurants often use organic and native foods, and participate in the Tucson Community Food Bank food donation program. La Paloma's Energy Committee works toward continuing the resort's "green" efforts. La Paloma is an AZ Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Green Hotel.
The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa has begun a $30 million rejuvenation of the property's 487 guest rooms and 25 suites as well as upgrades to new banquet amenities. The makeover will include the addition of low-flow toilets in all bathrooms; headboards incorporated with LED technology and ENERGY STAR-rated double-pane sliding glass doors in guest rooms; and the INNCOM Energy Management System, which draws fresh air from the outside versus re-circulated air. With the addition of a passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor and door switch, the system becomes the brain of a highly efficient stand-alone energy management system. Without compromising guest comfort, guest room energy output can be greatly reduced.
Westward Look Resort
Located in Tucson's northern foothills - just far enough "off the road" to feel secluded - the historic Westward Look Resort offers some of the best views of the city. The resort grew around a 1912 homestead estate built just six months after Arizona became a state. Today, the resort follows a number of eco-friendly practices, including use of energy-efficient CFL bulbs; low-flow toilets, urinals and showers; hot water re-circulation pumps; towel and linen re-use programs; recycling; water-saving xeriscaping; and more. The resort engages in composting, and 25 percent of the food from its award-winning kitchens comes from local sources, including its on-site Chef's Garden. Westward Look's restaurants serve Earth-friendly organic produce and free-range meats, and participates in Tucson Community Food Bank donations.
A number of Tucson's hospitality partners are in the process of becoming green-certified and eco-friendly, so be sure to check back frequently for updates and newcomers!