There are plenty of green hotels out there to visit but green hostels are downright difficult to come by. While hostels are usually associated with backpackers traveling through Europe, one hostel in the U.S. is aiming to change that with a classy green building, innovative setup and friendly atmosphere.
Hostel life is usually associated with the cheapest possible accommodations for the younger generations, with little regard for cleanliness or comfort. In fact, I had nearly given up on hostel stays a year ago after a not so relaxing stay in Mexico, and the realization that I might be getting "too old." The Crash Pad changed that.
I recently stayed at the Crash Pad, a LEED Gold certified hostel located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee about a mile from the river front near the train station. Close by are great restaurants, a local bakery, a free shuttle to the rest of town and some newer low-footprint homes.
The Crash Pad is a green-building dream with salvaged wood used throughout, concrete floors and beautiful counter tops, an outdoor pavilion with salvaged bricks and lumber, and native landscaping throughout. Not only that but the place is immaculately kept. The caretakers are also the owners. While the Crash Pad welcomes all travelers, it's evident that that they hope to attract clientele who want to explore the surrounding wilderness.
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