• Environmentally Friendly Hotel Opens in Ohio

     
    POSTED September 28, 2016
     

The Hotel Oberlin in Ohio, is leading the way in the hotel industry for creating environmentally sustainable hotels.

The standout hotel is the only one in the US to use solar, geothermal and radiant heating and cooling systems. It’s also one of only five hotels in the U.S. specifically designed for the LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. Developed by SMART Hotels, the hotel is managed by The Olympia Companies and owned by Oberlin College.

The hotel is the result of The Oberlin Project—a partnership between the city and Oberlin College whose mission is to develop a more environmentally friendly community. To reflect this goal, the first event at the hotel will be “After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy.” It will be held from Oct. 6–8, and will feature speakers like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill McKibben.

The 70-room hotel will have 6,500-square-feet of meeting and event space. Executive chef Jim Barnhart will run the hotel’s 1833 restaurant, along with the catering menu for events.

Rates at The Hotel Oberlin start at $129 per night. For more information, visit thehotelatoberlin.com.

 

Los Angeles has such a robust food and dining scene, it’s rare to be the first at anything these days. But Benny Boy Brewing  appears to have pulled that off with its claim to be the city’s first combined brewery and cidery. Located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, Benny Boy is anchored by a spacious outdoor beer and cider garden. Groups are welcome. The 1,200-square-foot cider house is available for private events of up to 51 guests while a full venue buyout accommodates 300. 

 

If you’re considering Santa Barbara as a destination for an upcoming meeting, there are more hotels and restaurants than ever before, along with new flights into Santa Barbara Airport.

Here are some highlights. 

Hotel News

Palihouse Santa Barbara, a 24-room boutique hotel in the historic Presidio neighborhood has opened. Offering a “vintage preppy meets American Riviera vibe,” total group buyouts are available, as well as outdoor entertaining space for intimate events.

 

By a number of measures, hotels are doing well in San Francisco.  For starters, occupancy rates, according to preliminary data, were 67.2% for the month of April, with average daily room rates just above $225. As the San Francisco Travel Association notes, those numbers point to the best-performing month for San Francisco hotels since pandemic restrictions were put in place in March 2020.