These days, being green is steadily becoming the norm. It’s no longer acceptable to forget that each one of us has a responsibility to look after the environment. In response to the rapid need for change, more and more hotels are stepping up to become beacons in the business landscape. Aside from practicing corporate social responsibility, you’ll find more hotels participating in various eco-friendly initiatives in hopes of lessening their environmental impact and inspiring their guests to do the same. Since Toronto is one of the most forward-looking cities in the world, it comes as no surprise that it’s also a leader in green efforts. And these green hotels in Toronto, Canada, are making sure they won’t let the city fail.
Chelsea Hotel Toronto dubs itself as an eco-friendly accommodation. Out in the lobby, there’s a living wall that provides both greenery and a way to combat pollutants. Green initiatives continue to how Chelsea Hotel Toronto uses energy. All banquet rooms and restaurants in the hotel have light dimmers and sensors. In the guest rooms, you get to partake in the initiative by using water-saving showerheads and low-flow toilets. Plastic water bottles are no longer provided, and you can opt to have your towel and sheets ranged when requested. Finally, Chelsea Hotel Toronto is also partnered with several organizations, such as EarthCheck and Eco Resource Management, Inc. to uphold their corporate social and sustainability responsibility.
Chelsea Hotel Toronto
Address: 33 Gerrard Street West
Shops (on site) Process in place to check health of guests Air conditioning Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Books, DVDs, music for children Pets allowed Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Pool/beach towels
The Pantages knows how to show guests you don’t need to skimp on luxury in order to be environmentally friendly. As part of the Silver Hotel Group, The Pantages upholds the overall commitment to reduce their impact on the environment through various measures. The company group uses the Green Key Eco-Rating Program to make sure The Pantages (and other hotels in their slate) conserve water, reduce their energy consumption, manage solid and hazardous waste properly, and reach out to the community.
Pantages Hotel Toronto Centre
Address: 200 Victoria Street
Physical distancing in dining areas Lift Bar Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Non-smoking throughout CCTV in common areas Business centre Vending machine (drinks)
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is pretty well-known throughout the world for their luxurious hotels, but they are also quite steadfast in keeping with their corporate social responsibility. For the matters of the environment, Shangri-La has an on-going program called SANCTUARY, Shangri-La’s Care for Nature project. It was started in 2010 with the main goal of helping in habitat protection and biodiversity conservation. And this is just one of Shangri-La’s environmentally charged programs (they have one to save the pandas, too!) So, if you care, stay at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto to help.
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
Address: 188 University Avenue
First aid kit available Parking 24-hour front desk Physical distancing rules followed Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Hot tub/jacuzzi Car hire Hammam
The Fairmont Hotels group takes environmental responsibility seriously, and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel strives to uphold the company’s green ideals. Probably the main attraction (aside from the luxurious guest rooms) in the hotel is the rooftop garden, where Fairmont Royal York Hotel grows a wide variety of herbs the hotel uses to prepare the restaurant meals. And then there’s the company-wide Green Partnership Program. In accordance to this, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel only uses china instead of disposable items, buys milk and cream in bulk, provides refillable water jugs instead of single-use water bottles, and reaches out to ethical sources for their tea and wine. All these initiatives form only a small tip of the iceberg, as the hotel has many other eco-friendly policies in place.
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Address: 100 Front Street West
Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Babysitting/child services Private parking Smoke alarms Non-smoking rooms Bar WiFi Available
Hotel X Toronto knows how to spoil its guests, all while keeping in line with their long list of green initiatives. Straightaway, you’ll be greeted at the lobby by the impressive living wall that is both stylish and subtly functional. The hotel also has several systems in place to make sure Hotel X Toronto is energy-efficient, even going so far as to have renewable energy systems located on-site. For food and drinks, Hotel X Toronto only buys local and has a food composting program to make sure nothing goes to waste. The hotel’s six green roofs are also not only for aesthetic value– they help shield the entire building from harmful radiation. And true to their goal of giving back to the community, Hotel X Toronto helped transform approximately six acres (two hectares) of former parking space into verdant parkland. Talk about dedication!
The InterContinental brand is another internationally renowned institution neck-deep into their work in environmental conservation. InterContinental Toronto Centre, in particular, starts by using energy-efficient appliances and systems, from machines with sleep modes to complete floor shutdowns during the low season. Green policies trickle down to the bathrooms, where the toilets have automatic flushes and low-flow fixtures to help save water. And InterContinental Toronto Centre goes deeper by employing a couple of pollution prevention and resource conservation policies to further lessen their environmental impact.
When you stay at the Westin Harbour Castle, you not only get to enjoy fantastic lakefront views. You also get to participate in the green movement. Rated as one of the best eco-friendly hotels in Toronto, the Westin Harbour Castle has a long list of green practices they are proud to share to the public. Aside from the usuals (like low-flow bathroom fixtures, CFL light bulbs in rooms, and sourcing fair-trade and organic products), the hotel encourages guests like you to go green by offering an incentive when you don’t request for housekeeping. You get to earn 500 Starpoints or a daily USD5 F&B credit (your choice) each night you defer from this service. Sounds good, right? Not only that but the Westin Harbour Castle also fully operates on green electricity. They also provide avenues so their employees can join pro-environment activities and campaigns.
The Saint James Hotel isn’t just pet-friendly– it’s also eco-friendly! This smoke-free hotel has a couple of environmentally-friendly amenities and policies in place. But the one feature that will help you the most with keeping your carbon footprint down is its location. Located in the Yonge Street neighborhood, The Saint James Hotel is smack dab in the retail heart of Toronto. A wide variety of dining and shopping options are all a short walk away.
The Saint James Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Address: 26 Gerrard Street East
Breakfast takeaway containers Access to health care professionals Security alarm Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Fire extinguishers Restaurant Heating CCTV in common areas
Another Toronto hotel that is fully committed to the green movement is the Gladstone Hotel. The management considers the hotel the leader in Toronto when it comes to green policy initiatives, and they have a strong case to back up that claim. They have green roofs to reduce heat radiation in the building, patronize local suppliers for food, drinks, and materials, but most of all, they’ve partnered with Bullfrog Power. That means the Gladstone Hotel only uses green electricity and gas. Check out their website for a full list of their achievements so far– a testament of what constant effort can do to help the earth.
Address: 1214 Queen Street West
Holiday Inn Toronto in Yorkdale distinguishes itself from the other green hotels in this list for having a four-star Green Key rating given by the Hotel Association of Canada. This means their green policies are just so exemplary, Holiday Inn Toronto deserves to be recognized. The way they do it is by using the so-called IHG Green Engage system, which allows Holiday Inn Toronto to save up to 20 percent of energy and effectively measure and manage their energy, water, and waste use, among other key accomplishments.
Holiday Inn Toronto - Yorkdale
Address: 3450 Dufferin Street, North York, Toronto (ON), Canada, M6A 2V1
It's easy to travel and be green while you're in Toronto
With these green hotels fully committed to take care of the environment, you’ll know you’ll be traveling in comfort without compromising your values and beliefs. Check our other Toronto guides to find more tips on how you can experience the city in an eco-friendly way.
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