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California Hotel's 5 New Sustainability Initiatives, Other West Hotel News

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

California - Meet & Green Initiatives

Everyone in the meetings and events industry is talking about sustainability, and Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is exemplifying its commitment to a greener and more sustainable future with the introduction of its new “Meet & Green” initiative.

Following a complete transformation of its 130,000 square feet of meeting space, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has been recognized for achieving a gold-level environmental standard by nonprofit environmental standard and certification organization Green Seal for implementing the following green initiatives:

1. Reducing Food Waste

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Meeting Space
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Meeting Space 

With its new 220-pound food dehydrator, Sheraton San Diego Hotel can turn kitchen food waste into a sustainable solution and reduce food waste to 20% of its original weight through dehydration. The hotel is able to contribute more effectively to composting efforts and promote a more sustainable solution to food and kitchen waste. 

2. Conscious Paper Usage

All paper products provided by the property for meetings and events such as paper handouts, printed signage, note pads and paper napkins are made from a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content. Reducing the amount of paper waste allows the hotel to provide a more environmentally sustainable event experience for participants.

Pacific Jewel Ballroom
Pacific Jewel Ballroom

3. Embracing Technology

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel is replacing its traditional menus and other printed materials with paperless resources that are available to both planners and guests online to minimize waste.

4. Water Wisdom

The hotel installed EPA WaterSense-labeled fixtures in all guest rooms and public bathrooms to reduce water usage while not compromising luxury and comfort.

5. Green Cleaning

The hotel now uses eco-friendly cleaning products including non-toxic, phosphate-free and biodegradable solutions for everything from laundry services to room cleanings.


Aloft Denver Downtown Lobby
Aloft Denver Downtown Lobby

Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Aloft Denver Downtown officially reopened following $3 million worth of renovations. The project includes updates to guest rooms, the hotel lobby, food and beverage spaces, fitness center, social lounge and more.

The 140-room hotel is only steps away from downtown focal points including the Colorado Convention Center, 16th Street Mall and the Colorado State Capitol. Aloft Denver Downtown is also pet-friendly and welcoming of furry friends of all sizes. 

All guest rooms at Aloft Denver Downtown have been updated with new headboards, mattresses, linens and 55-inch mounted televisions. The rooms also feature in-room steamers and Drybar amenities. 
Aloft Denver Downtown boasts over 1,400 square feet of meetings and events space, with the largest space able to accommodate up to 90 attendees. The venue includes AV equipment like a film projector and screen, LCD panel and projector, microphone, overhead projector, a television and more. 

Just under a half-mile from Aloft Denver Downtown lies The Westin Denver Downtown, which has also recently debuted its multimillion-dollar renovation project. The Westin Denver Downtown is located 20 miles from Denver International Airport and sports a similar convenient location in downtown Denver.

Westin Denver Downtown Green Wall
Westin Denver Downtown Green Wall

The property now offers 432 refreshed guest rooms and suites, each with either a city or mountain view, as well as luxury suites and patio rooms offering convenient access to large private outdoor spaces. The lobby of The Westin Denver Downtown features a green living wall showcasing the property’s commitment to sustainability while enhancing the air quality of the building by reducing CO2 and the amount of airborne particles by 21%. 

The Westin Denver Downtown also added 3,000 square feet of lobby-level meeting space to its nearly 39,000 square feet of existing meetings and events space. The hotel offers a variety of venues—the largest having a capacity of 1,000 attendees—including pre-function waiting areas, an open-air pool deck with views of the Denver skyline and spaces with wall-to-wall windows and city views. 

Mexico - A Jungle & River Experience

Situated in the Mexican fishing village La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in Nayarit, the all-inclusive Delta Hotels by Marriott Riviera Nayarit unveiled its new Aqua Jungle & River experience as part of the resort’s planned expansion.

Aqua Jungle & River Experience
Aqua Jungle & River Experience

Located in the hotel’s own forest canyon, the expansion offers travelers an experience like no other completely immersed in the surrounding lush jungle landscape. The water experience features five Jacuzzis, seven pools, an elongated lazy river and two kid-friendly areas. Inspired by the Tolantongo caves in the state of Hidalgo, where thermal waters cascade to form natural pools, the Aqua Jungle & River experience reflects the cave atmosphere at the hotel and allows guests to relax and enjoy Mexico’s natural beauty with modern amenities. 

Delta Hotels by Marriott Riviera Nayarit features 212 rooms and suites with mountain views and a design reminiscent of local Mexican elements and artistry. The addition of the new Aqua Jungle & River experience offers a new level for incentive groups to host their event at a resort with modern amenities located in a centralized point between Sayulita, San Pancho and Punta Mita. 

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