- Category: Travel
- Created on 12 July 2013
- Written by The Travelin Diva (Kirstin N. Fuller)
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Can eco-friendly and luxury hotel accommodations co-exist? Yes they can and they do in a fabulous hotel in Greensboro, NC called the ‘Proximity!’ The ‘Proximity Hotel’ is the country’s first LEED Platinum certified hotel and is often recognized as the ‘greenest’ hotel in America.
The Proximity Hotel features 70 plus sustainable practices and was built to use 40% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable/traditional hotel. From the beginning, even in the construction phase, the hotel featured the latest in ultra efficient materials and technology. The hotel is first to install the regenerative drive for Otis’ Gen2 elevator. Recycling at its best, this eco-friendly elevator is designed to reduce net energy usage by capturing the system’s energy and feeding it back into the building’s internal electrical grid. Low emitting volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, adhesives and carpets were all used to reduce indoor air contamination. The Proximity uses the suns’ energy via 100 solar panels on the roof to generate energy and heat 60% of the hotel and restaurant’s water supply.
You’re probably thinking that with all these energy enhancements and eco-friendly features, the hotel can’t be luxurious, can’t be comfortable, and can’t be beautiful. In fact, it is one of the most luxurious, most comfortable hotel’s I have ever experienced. The bed and pillows feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. Comfort, luxury and quality were not sacrificed at all to achieve the hotels ‘green’ rating. The Proximity is a AAA Four Diamond property.
The hotel has an exclusive feature called the ‘social lobby’ which you look down into from the main entry level. The ‘social lobby’ is a perfect place to meet up with friends, enjoy a glass of wine or catch up on some reading. It is filled with contemporary, beautifully paired leather couches, beautiful columns all set in a soft candle light setting. The front desk features another unique feature and is designed to appear as if it is ‘floating’ out of the wall. Simply amazing!
The hotel also has other fabulous amenities that make guest stays even more comfortable. For your convenience complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel with computers and printers on the 3rd-8th floors, in room spa services are also available until 11pm. There is also a state of the art fitness studio on site with 24/7 access. Whatever you need to make your stay more comfortable, the fabulous staff will provide.
If you are going to be in the Greensboro, NC area anytime soon, treat yourself to a little eco-friendly luxury at the ‘Proximity Hotel.’ Have a little fun and check out the fully restored 1975 checkered cab that’s parked out front. For more information or to reserve a suite, please visit www.proximityhotel.com. ■
By The Travelin Diva – Kirstin N. Fuller
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