Every now and then I come across what I think is a really cool "new" green hotel. What I mean by "new" is that it is not a totally new property but one that has been renovated. Taking something that has already been constructed and renovating it has far less environmental impact than building brand new from the ground up—for obvious reasons.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to chat with the general manager of the 968 Park Spa Resort in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The resort celebrated its grand opening on January 17. Its soft opening was on December 19. The general manager, Christopher Minnes, had some great stories to tell about the property—its history as a Days Inn and all of the changes that have taken place to the building in the last year. Wood from the existing building and other reclaimed wood was used for the "new" building's interior and exterior. Sheet metal was used on the exterior and allowed to rust, helping the resort to blend in with its rustic surroundings. Insulation in the walls is made from recycled blue jeans and guestrooms feature dual flush toilets, 800-count organic cotton linens, and much more.
Minnes says South Lake Tahoe has a number of older properties in need of renovation. It is nice to see the community has one less to worry about. Be sure to look for a complete story on the 968 Park Spa Resort at www.greenlodgingnews.com soon.