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Best New Green Hotels

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Eric Staudenmaier

Five U.S. properties are proving you don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability.

Venice Beach Eco Cottages, California

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Beach Chic: Venice Beach Eco Cottages, California

Three solar-powered bungalows, a five-minute walk from the pounding Pacific and the boutiques of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Green Cred: Each of the individually designed one-bedroom cottages (Papa Hemingway is Craftsman-style; Aunt Zoe’s Place is 1940’s; Le Bebe is mod-baroque) has standard-issue green touches complemented by quirkier surprises. Kitchen appliances and washer-dryers (for longer stays) are certified by Energy Star; bedrooms are decked out with 300-count organic Gaiam linens; and, in the bathrooms, guests will find Seventh Generation paper products and Kiss My Face toiletries. Throughout, vintage pieces have been reimagined in cheeky ways: a bright red birdcage in Le Bebe was reconfigured as a swivel chair, and the exterior of the hot tub on the deck of Aunt Zoe’s Place was made from old-fashioned milk jugs.

Who’s Behind It: Actress Cynthia Foster and her environmental economist husband, Karel Samsom, who have pledged a percentage of their profits to local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club. Doubles from $250.

Best New Green Hotels

Venice Beach Eco Cottages, California

Beach Chic: Venice Beach Eco Cottages, California

Three solar-powered bungalows, a five-minute walk from the pounding Pacific and the boutiques of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Green Cred: Each of the individually designed one-bedroom cottages (Papa Hemingway is Craftsman-style; Aunt Zoe’s Place is 1940’s; Le Bebe is mod-baroque) has standard-issue green touches complemented by quirkier surprises. Kitchen appliances and washer-dryers (for longer stays) are certified by Energy Star; bedrooms are decked out with 300-count organic Gaiam linens; and, in the bathrooms, guests will find Seventh Generation paper products and Kiss My Face toiletries. Throughout, vintage pieces have been reimagined in cheeky ways: a bright red birdcage in Le Bebe was reconfigured as a swivel chair, and the exterior of the hot tub on the deck of Aunt Zoe’s Place was made from old-fashioned milk jugs.

Who’s Behind It: Actress Cynthia Foster and her environmental economist husband, Karel Samsom, who have pledged a percentage of their profits to local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club. Doubles from $250.

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