Los Angeles Hotels Go Green with Eco-Friendly Features

Go green and stay at Green Seal and LEED certified hotels

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Downtown L.A.
Photo: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

Los Angeles is world-famous for its red carpets, but the city is also a longtime advocate of green, with sustainable practices implemented in every region, from cultural attractions to restaurants and public transportation. Hotels throughout L.A. are leaders in green design, earning Green Seal and LEED Certification with energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems, water-saving fixtures and recycling programs. Enjoy your Los Angeles vacation and go green by staying at a Green Seal certified hotel. Hotels that earn the Green Seal are leaders in sustainability and have completed a certification process and on-site audit. Following are Los Angeles hotels that have been certified by Green Seal in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Green Lodging Program and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council.

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE


In 2016, the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE earned a Green Seal Silver Certification for operating in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. The JW Marriott is the eighth hotel certified through the City of Los Angeles Green Lodging Program, which is part of the City's Green Business Certification Program. Named one of the Top 10 Most Sustainable Hotels in L.A. by ETIC Hotels Journal, the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE uses non-toxic, biodegradable housekeeping products; non-toxic paints with minimal VOCs; energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and fixtures; and water-efficient, drought-resistant landscaping. The hotel has a recycling and composting program with compost collection containers located in all kitchens and in the employee dining room.

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites

In 2009, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites became the first Los Angeles hotel to receive Green Seal Silver Certification for its carbon footprint reduction, achieved with recycling programs, energy conservation and management, water conservation and more. The hotel invested $20,000 into its environmentally-friendly practices and saved an estimated $225,000 per year. The Westin Bonaventure has since earned Green Seal Gold Certification.

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel received the Green Seal Silver Certification for sustainable practices such as recycling bins in all 803 rooms; nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning products; and energy-efficient indoor lighting with timers and motion sensors in the meeting rooms.

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City

Since 2010, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City has earned the Green Seal Gold Certification for its waste minimization, water and energy efficiency, hazardous substance handling, and environmentally responsible purchasing. When it first received this recognition, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City became the second hotel in California to achieve Gold Level certification and only the fifth hotel nationwide. The hotel’s green initiatives include eco-friendly suppliers, Energy Star Appliances and eco-friendly cleaning agents.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

Also located at L.A. LIVE, the award-winning Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has earned the Silver LEED Certification. Eco-friendly features include energy-efficient windows, recycling areas on every floor of the tower, "cool roof" installation, extensive use of sustainable materials, an employee rideshare program and nearby public transportation.

W Hollywood Hotel & Residences

The W Hollywood is the second largest LEED Silver-Certified property in the U.S. Public transportation options include the Metro B Line (Red) - the Hollywood/Vine Station is directly below the hotel - and two bus lines are within a quarter-mile. Other green features include energy and water conservation; and no CFC refrigerants or plastic foam are used on the property.

Sheraton Grand Los Angeles

Located in the heart of the Financial District, the LEED-certified Sheraton Grand Los Angeles engages in a number of eco-friendly initiatives, including energy and water conservation; elimination of plastic foam packaging; use of environmentally preferred suppliers and products; sustainable food and beverage options; and green housekeeping.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

The LEED-certified Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers numerous green features, from guest accommodations to food and beverage and meeting services. Leftover or gently used amenities are donated to local nonprofits. Menus use local and seasonal ingredients, while china and silverware are used instead of disposable plating and utensils. Donating opportunities are offered for meeting display materials, and electronic meeting correspondence is used rather than printed copies.

The Maybourne Beverly Hills

Opened as The Montage, The Maybourne Beverly Hills was the first hotel in Southern California to receive LEED Gold Certification for its commitment to sustainability.

The Shore Hotel

The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is a Gold LEED-Certified property. Everything from the building design to its day-to-day operation is intended to reduce the consumption of natural resources. The hotel was built using locally-sourced, recycled and recyclable materials: 50% of construction waste was recycled or salvaged; 10% of all building materials were sourced from within a 500-mile radius of the project; and wood was sourced from sustainable forests. Other green features include native landscaping, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) materials, and maximized access to natural daylight.

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Miyako Hybrid Hotel Torrance

Experience the modern elegance and hospitality of Japanese culture combined with western style at the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance. This upscale Japanese style hotel offers a peaceful retreat for business and leisure travelers conveniently located near the beautiful beaches, attractions, shops and business centers in the South Bay of L.A. A Silver LEED-Certified hotel, the Miyako Hybrid incorporates an eco-conscious philosophy throughout the property. From sustainable building materials and solar power to energy efficient lighting and water saving fixtures, the Miyako Hybrid Hotel is on the cutting edge of luxury hotel lodging with a green ethos.

Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina

With its pristine location along the Pacific Ocean, the Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina Hotel takes its commitment to environmental stewardship as seriously as its commitment to taking care of its guests. In addition to supporting the Clean the World Foundation by recycling guestroom soaps and toiletries, the hotel installed water-saving toilets in all guest bath and public restrooms during its recent renovation. Other green initiatives include: LEED-certified laundry and valet services; vegetarian and healthy dining options; sustainable conference practices; and employee Ride Share program and easy access to public transportation.