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Boutique Hotels in San Francisco

The City by the Bay is famed for its tech billionaires, the Golden Gate Bridge, and also for sustainable living. A major hub for hippies in the 1960s, San Francisco has kept its laid-back feel and realization that protecting the environment is everyone's concern. There is a strong inclination toward spending time in the great outdoors and living cleanly, and so you will find here some of the best eco hotels in the USA, as well as plenty of well-maintained parks and other outdoor spaces to enjoy the fresh Pacific air.
from $219
Pamper the environment and yourself at the W Hotel San Francisco
At the W, it is cool to be green. This is very much a top-end hotel, complete with spa, pool, and parking (surprisingly hard to come by in downtown San Francisco), but the hotel doesn't compromise on its commitment to the environment either. W is one of only seven Silver LEED-EB certified buildings in North America — a highly coveted award that is hard to obtain. Energy-efficient cooling systems are installed throughout the hotel, and they deactivate when rooms are not in use, while 50% of lighting is done with low-energy bulbs.
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Hotel Nikko is a great fit for those looking for a lively vacation
With 532 rooms and its own renowned nightclub, Feinstein's, you don't come to Hotel Nikko for a quiet time. Despite the scale and the action, however, the hotel is making great strides to improve its environmental profile. It already saves 6 million gallons of water a year as a result of efficiency upgrades to the water system, and water within the hotel is recycled for laundry. Paper, plastics, tin, and cardboard are recycled too, and when linens are no longer smart enough for use at Nikko, they're donated to homeless shelters and other local charitable organizations.
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Save energy and vacation in style at the Hotel Zetta
Environmentally conscious Hotel Zetta is only half a block back from Mission Street, in the bustling heart of SoMa. The decor is sophisticated and funky, just as you'd expect in this tech savvy part of town. Green initiatives include the usual water- and energy-saving programs, as well as the use of biodegradable cleaning products, and you can earn either $10 minibar credit or 24-hour premium Wi-Fi access as a reward if you put the Stay Green door hanger out to decline the nightly housekeeping services. Employees are actively encouraged to carpool and use San Francisco's mass transit systems.
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Take in panoramic views of the city and bay at San Francisco's Hotel Carlton
Situated on the embarrassingly named Nob Hill, Hotel Carlton is making a good job of turning everyone's blushes green: in 2008 it became the first hotel in San Francisco to be powered by solar panels and completely carbon neutral, and the following year it earned the prestigious LEED Gold certification from the USGBC. The hotel partners with carbonfund.org to reduce climate change; there's a free daily wine reception; the Saha restaurant is Zagat listed; and you can even bring your pets to stay. What more could you want from your eco hotel in San Francisco? 
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History meets energy saving technology at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel
The world-famous Fairmont is a vast hotel boasting more than 600 rooms and suites and over 100 years of history. Completely remodeled in 2000, the hotel is situated near Ghiradelli Square and combines classic design and customer service with attention to environmentally friendly details. Five Star Alliance listed the Fairmont as one of the most eco-friendly hotels in San Francisco, and it makes sure it has a positive impact not only through its design, building, and procurement policies but also by reducing energy and water consumption, CO2 emissions, and waste.
from $198
Take a luxurious and green vacation at the Orchard Hotel
In the heart of San Francisco, just steps from Union Square, is clean, chic Orchard Hotel, one of the top luxury hotels in California. Rooms are large and classically decorated, and if you suffer from allergies, you can even book a special, hypo-allergenic space to ensure you get a great night's sleep. The Daffodil Restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with views down onto Bush Street, and guests can also make use of the fitness facilities at nearby Club One free of charge. The hotel's green initiative includes energy star ratings and organic ingredients and cleaning products.
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Enjoy ""green"" hotel living at the Orchard Garden Hotel
The Orchard Hotel's sister property is only a couple of minutes walk away on Bush Street. A green, sustainable ethos runs throughout everything the hotel does: fabrics are all recycled and are washed rather than dry-cleaned to reduce the use of chemicals; all kitchen waste is composted or recycled; low-energy lightbulbs are in use throughout the property; there are no throw-away bottles of water, only was dispensers to refill your flask; and the hotel plants a tree for every review on TripAdvisor, whether it is favorable or not. The hotel management emphasizes hospitality and sustainability.  
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