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Living Green Away From Home: Hotel Triton, San Francisco, California

| 1/26/2009 3:08:43 PM

The first step to leading an eco-friendly lifestyle is planning ahead. So when I bought my mom and myself plane tickets to San Francisco to celebrate Chinese New Year in America’s largest Chinatown, I knew that I would have to do a little digging to find the best hotel for our needs: good location, eco-initiatives and reasonable cost. 

My first plan, of course, was to search Natural Home’s online archives for eco-hotels and eco-travel tips. When I came across this article, I was excited to read about Hotel Triton, a boutique hotel sandwiched in between Chinatown and Union Square—prime location for our four-day stay in the city by the bay. 

Photo by Thomas Hawk/Courtesy flickr 

The Triton’s unique décor was not the only thing that caught my eye; the eco-initiatives of this Kimpton-owned hotel were pretty impressive: hotel-wide recycling (including batteries), nontoxic cleaners, low-VOC paints (in flamboyant colors—our room was red and blue!) and energy-efficient lighting. After scouring the web for a few other hotel possibilities, I kept coming back to the Triton. I secured our fifth-floor room and felt like I made a great choice. 

Upon arrival at the Triton, we were greeted by the same funky décor that I scouted online, along with happy front desk people and colorful lights in the elevator. When we got to our floor, we stepped out onto bright-colored carpet and a decently wide hallway. In the bedroom, we were met with a funky, cloth zebra-print headboard, desk lamps on both sides of the bed, and iHome iPod player and a small writing desk in the corner. 

Photo by Leo/Courtesy flickr 

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