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September 15, 2011
Glenn Hasek, from Green Lodging News, writes about CityFlatsHotel Holland and highlights its green features.
"Charter House Innovations (CHi) has opened its second green CityFlats Hotel–this time in the heart of Grand Rapids, Mich. The Holland, Mich.-based company, which also manufactures sustainable furniture, is pursuing LEED for New Construction certification at the Gold level for the 28-room property. "
"CityFlatsHotel Grand Rapids, which includes the CitySēn Lounge on the main floor, is in a building originally constructed in 1874. The previous tenant in the five-story structure was Fox's Jewelers which vacated the building in 1997. Much of the exterior of the original building was kept intact during the restoration. The terra cotta facade for stories two through five was restored. A sign from Fox's has been restored and placed in an LED lit shadowbox behind the bar in CitySen Lounge. Exposed brick from the original building is still visible in some of the guestrooms in the hotel that are all individually unique."
"Locally made CityDrēm mattresses are featured in guestrooms. Bed bases are made from bamboo–there are no box springs. Sheets, blankets, towels and duvet covers include naturally hypo-allergenic bamboo fibers. Items such as countertops are made from Cradle to Cradle certified recycled glass and concrete. Low-VOC paint was used throughout the hotel.
The mattresses, sheets and towels have been so popular with guests that guests can now buy them for their homes. Information about the items for sale is included in guestrooms and at the front desk.
To save energy, curtains are lined with a black-out fabric. The bamboo sheets can be washed in cold water. Large windows and architectural light wells maximize natural lighting. Master switches turn off all lighting when a guest leaves the guestroom. Occupancy sensors power down the heating and cooling system when it is not needed."
Read the full article:
Charter House Pursuing LEED Gold for New CityFlats Hotel in Grand Rapids
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