Atlanta's top eco-friendly hotels

These 6 hotels are both Experts' Choice picks and certified environmentally sustainable.

by Michael Carl Budd

Atlanta is a leader in environmental sustainability, having an ordinance on the books that requires all newly constructed public buildings to be at minimum Silver LEED-certified.  LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is one of the most popular green building certification programs in the world.  Atlanta's hospitality sector has, in recent years, taken a cue from the city: three of our Experts' Choice picks in the city — the Emory Conference Center Hotel, the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway, and the Hyatt House Atlanta/Cobb Galleria — are LEED-certified while another three are Green Seal-certified.

For the eco-conscious traveler to the heart of Georgia, you can't go wrong with any of these great hotels.

Emory Conference Center Hotel 79

1615 Clifton Rd NE

With spacious, classically designed rooms, and sprawling lodge-like interiors, the upper-middle-range hotel provides a quiet, restorative respite that's close to ... the university.

- Oyster

The Westin Peachtree Plaza 82

210 Peachtree Street

You wouldn't expect a 73-story, 1,000-room hotel to be described as cozy, but that fits here.

- Frommer's

Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway 72

2020 Convention Center Concourse

This upstart is currently the hottest option beside ATL, offering layovers, air crews and fly-in, fly-out conventioneers a principal address for gatherings at the GICC.

- Star Service

Ellis Hotel 83

176 Peachtree St NW

This renovated boutique hotel provides Southern hospitality in a restored 1913 historic landmark, and each of the rooms has pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen televisions, and Wi-Fi.

- Fodor's

HYATT house Atlanta/Cobb Galleria 73

3595 Cumberland Blvd SE

Tourists and business travelers seeking a long-term stay will find plenty of comforts at the mid-range Hyatt house Atlanta/Cobb Galleria.

- Oyster

The 500 guest rooms feature Westin's signature "heavenly bed" along with a flat-screen TV and Starbucks Coffee.

- Fodor's

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