REVIEW

Orchard Garden Hotel

Everything is earth-friendly, from the fluorescent bulbs in the hallways to the soy ink used to print your bill—but high-tech amenities like ipod docking stations and Wi-Fi make it feel both modern and responsible.

By Laura Fraser, Tuesday, Oct 23, 2007, 12:00 AM

Orchard Garden Hotel

About this Hotel

Price From $189

'Hood Steps from Chinatown and North Beach, a historically Italian area, and home to the iconic City Lights bookstore.

First Impression Everything is earth-friendly, from the fluorescent bulbs in the hallways to the soy ink used to print your bill. The beige-on-beige lobby was constructed from recycled cement.

Rooms The 86 rooms are done in muted greens and beiges, with headboards of sustainably grown maple. Even the toilet paper is recycled paper.

Plus High-tech amenities include Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, and (continuing the eco theme) key cards that turn on the electricity when you enter a room.

Minus Leaf patterns cover the walls—and anything else you can slap foliage on.

Details Rooms from $189.

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