Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on May 19, 2008
Sure, Los Angeles may not make it into America’s top 10 greenest cities (or 50, for that matter). We admit our penchant for air pollution, stretch Hummers and conspicuous consumption leaves plenty of room for improvement. But amongst the strip malls and smog, there are pockets of green. And like everything in Los Angeles, you need an insider to help you find it. So, for all you visitors to the City of Angels, here’s my tip for a sleek, stylish and environmentally friendly hotel opening this month.
The Hotel Palomar in Westwood provides a luxury boutique experience that chooses environmental responsibility because it’s “simply the right thing to do”. The hotel, part of the Kimpton family, incorporates more than 40 eco-friendly practices into their daily operations. Things like in-room recycling, energy efficient lighting and water efficient features. They also boast natural toiletries — a huge relief, having endured über drying chemical body washes on more occasions than I care to remember.
Another great feature? Organic food and beverage options in your mini-bar. Now, there’s no longer an excuse for scoffing a cherry Coke and an entire packet of peanut M&Ms before drifting off to re-runs of “Alf”. (This one was purely anecdotal, I can assure you.)
After you’ve enjoyed all your in-house eco fabulous features, head out into the wilds of Westwood. UCLA’s Armand Hammer museum and top notch medical center is nearby — you know, just in case. The vibrant student town of Westwood is filled with restaurants, shops and movie theaters, and it’s right on your doorstep. Then there’s the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, resting place for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars like Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Natalie Wood and Burt Lancaster. It’s a lovely spot filled with trees and rolling lawns. See. I told you L.A. was green.