Escape month is long over, but, in light of the economic situation, we're tempted to create another theme: green escapism. For those with an extra $869 per night (tax is extra), you can get a room in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, a city known for its walkability and streetcars. And that $869 buys you not only a minibar with biodynamic wine and organic cheese...but also the use of the questionably green Lexus LS 600.
Lexus claims the special rooms, dubbed the "Lexus Hybrid Living Suites," are green because they feature compact fluorescent lights, low-VOC paint, and organic mattresses and linens. While we like the idea of an organic mattress, nearly all hotels use compact fluorescent lights because of energy costs. And low-VOC paint is mandated by law in California.
So the Lexus special, in our view, is mostly overinflated hype.
A greener option if you've got money to burn? Splurge for a deluxe hotel room and forgo the car, hybrid or otherwise.