The Bardessono Hotel and Spa is located in Yountville, CA with a LEED Platinum certification. Also, the hotel is 100% non-smoking and includes a ban on electronic cigarettes on the property.
The US Green Building Council adds:
THIS IS DESIGN FOR THE FUTURE
In addition and to keep it green or LEED, the hotel uses organic bedding, cleaning supplies, locally sourced stone and fine salvaged woods. It also serves locally grown food to provide guests. So farm to table with the best environmentally-safe stay.
Yet as the San Francisco Chronicle puts it best. When Bardessono, the ultra-high-end hotel and spa in Yountville opened its doors in 2009. Then announcing itself as “the greenest hotel in America.”
But scan Bardessono’s home page now. I mean the slideshow. The of images shows a luxurious hotel. All with words like indulgence. So it’s enticing you to book a stay in the lap of Napa Valley luxury.
So as the Chronicle adds: Except for the ambiguous phrase “Exceptional by nature,” there’s not an eco-green adjective anywhere.
What happened? Did Bardessono ditch its environmental efforts? All in lieu of luring ultra-high-end travelers with dreams of incomparable pampering? I mean even toilet seat covers that automatically lift when you step into the hotel restaurant restrooms? (Yes, they really have them.)
I read that it’s not really. According to Sileshi Mengiste, the hotel’s polished vice president of operations.
So according to Mengiste, Bardessono still has LEED platinum certification. That’s the highest a hotel can get.
And unless you ask, you’d never know that a sophisticated geothermal underground system heats and cools the hotel’s guest rooms. Also the spa and domestic hot water supply.
Mengiste believing it’s easier to get someone for a luxury hotel; rather than eco luxury hotel. Because he’s only looking at it as a marketing tool. So he uses it to draw more people and more traffic than without being green. Yet I think he isn’t including the water and energy efficiency savings. Because they are helping the bottom-line. Hmm