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“Car-less Vacation” package at the eco-friendly Hotel Monaco Portland

The Hotel Monaco Portland, in my hometown, Portland, Oregon, is a Green Seal Silver Certification, AAA four-diamond rated hotel with plenty of eco-perks. Green Seal certifies lodging properties that meet stringent environmental requirements in waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation, wastewater management and environmentally responsible procurement. Before they were certified though, the Hotel Monaco Portland already had been following sustainable practices for a while.

The hotel is recognized locally as one of two Portland hotels to receive the City of Portland’s ‘Recycle at Work’ certification, as well as a participant in Kimpton EarthCare’s nationally recognized eco-program, and a pioneer of low-impact travel like offering guests on-site bikes and the “Car-less Vacation” package. They also feature organic bathroom products by earth-friendly AVEDA. Guests who drive hybrid vehicles get a special parking discount of 50%. They feature in-room spa services and are pet + kid friendly.

Recently, the Hotel Monaco Portland expanded its popular “Car-less Vacation” package to include additional pedal-powered components.

If you book the car-less package you’ll now get the following cool vacation benefits:

  • Deluxe overnight accommodations for two.
  • Reimbursement for TriMet light rail passes between Portland International Airport and downtown Portland – which trust me, beats fighting traffic any day here in pdx.
  • Access to the hotel’s fleet of complimentary bicycles.
  • A three-hour “Historic Downtown” tour provided by Pedal Bike Tours.
  • Two $10 vouchers for post-tour drinks and snacks from the sustainable kitchen of Chef Tom Dunklin at Red Star Tavern & Roast House, the Monaco’s on-site restaurant. Which is a fab place to get food, local microbrews, and although I don’t like hard alcohol myself, my pals do like their handcrafted cocktails. I stick with the microbrews!

The Hotel Monaco is located in downtown Portland at 506 S.W. Washington St., which is within walking distance to all sorts of cool attractions, city shops, tons of great places to eat, and public transport is just steps away. The Hotel Monaco’s new extended “Car-less Vacation” package starts at $249, based on double occupancy (additional guests $50 per person per night). Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.  Book your package by calling 503.222.0001 or visiting Hotel Monaco Portland.

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