Green Escape: Eco-Friendly Fairfield Inn & Suites

Green Escape: Eco-Friendly Fairfield Inn & Suites

Kimber Watson
Jul 9, 2009

I know what you're thinking... what qualifies a Marriott chain as a great escape? What could possibly be intriguing about, um, a Fairfield Inn? How about the fact that it's Baltimore's first officially certified green hotel...

Baltimore Brewing Co. Being Demolished

Earning the prestigious LEED certification (only the second certification for the Marriott chain), the 154-room hotel opened its doors just a few days ago on the former Baltimore Brewing Company site. My beloved old stomping ground's grain storage silo has been converted into a rain barrel, and there is a green roof to insulate the building. The appliances and lighting are energy efficient, and it's all powered by wind and solar energy. The rooms are fragrance free (yup, no fake carpet or air freshener), and they only use all natural cleaning products — even on the linens! And since the hotel is situated conveniently downtown, my favorite amenity has to be the bicycles for guests to use as alternative transportation.

It may not be the tropical eco-resort you've been longing to stay at, but at rates around $100, it might be worth settling for if you happen to be in Baltimore.

(Images: 1: Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2: Alexander D. Mitchell IV via Beer in Baltimore)

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