Six Environmentally-Friendly Hotel Deals

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Looking to explore a new place and help to save the environment on your next vacation? The travel industry has heard your demand and adapted.

Eco-friendly hotels have sprung up around the world offering guests a more green way to vacation.

Gabe Saglie, senior editor at Travelzoo, said that while more travelers are becoming environmentally-conscious, many do not stay at green hotels due to the cumbersome process of researching hotels' eco-practices. Others said it is difficult to find green hotels within their budgets.

So for Earth Day's 40th anniversary Travelzoo put together a list of outstanding eco-certified hotel deals .

All of the properties have been LEED-certified, which means they fit the U.S. Green Building Council's standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED.

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The building council's program evaluates hotels for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality to ensure a whole-building approach to sustainability. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification for environmentally responsible hotels.

Here are six of the best deals at environmentally-friendly hotels from Travelzoo:

The Avalon Hotel & Spa, Portland, Ore.: This elegant boutique property was Oregon's first hotel to receive LEED Silver Certification. The hotel is perched along the Willamette River and inside Cottonwood Bay, a protected green area and features its own protected natural area (which doubles as a butterfly refuge), a full-service spa and upscale Italian restaurant. Through April, the hotel is offering rooms from $84 a night, 40 percent off the normal rate. The deal includes free breakfast for two and 20 percent off spa services.

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Orchard Garden Hotel, San Francisco: This 4-star boutique property was the first hotel to get LEED-NC certification in California (it was built from the ground up with sustainable materials and adorned with art from locally renowned artists). It's on site eatery was named the Best Organic Restaurant in San Francisco in 2009. The hotel is located two blocks from Union Square and next the famed Chinatown Gate, meaning an easy, environmentally friendly walk for many guests. The hotel offers a deal through August from $109 a night, 50 percent off normal rates.

Hotel Felix, Chicago: This upscale 4-Star hotel is in the River North neighborhood (amidst nightlife, dining and galleries) and close to the Magnificent Mile and the city's Theater District. The property just finished a multimillion dollar renovation and features flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. This is the first hotel in Chicago to be LEED Silver certified (low voltage lighting in the lobby, bamboo flooring and eco products in the spa and carpets made of recycled materials in all rooms). Through June 2, it is offering rooms from $129 a night, 40 percent below normal rates.

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