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The Barlow is Going “Green”

March 18, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Lather Bath Amenities

Lather’s Aromatherapy products utilize exclusive eco-pure technology in the packaging.

The Barlow goes “green” next month as we switch over from a conventional (and very expensive) energy sup

ree sources for green energy include wind, geothermal and solar.

The three sources for green energy include wind, geothermal and solar.

plier to an energy supplier using environmentally friendly resources.  In the Hotel’s mission statement we not only include a statement about our commitment to our guests but a statement about our commitment to the environment as well.  Currently The Barlow uses guest bathroom amenities that employ Lather’s “Eco-Pure” technology in the products’ packaging.  We installed energy efficient electric fireplaces in all guest rooms in place of less environmentally friendly gas fireplaces.  Our heating/air conditioning system utilizes state-of-the-art thermostats to better control energy efficiency and usage.

Traditional energy is generated using fossil fuels which include the burning of coal, natural gas, and oil at generating plants.  “Green Energy” utilizes the planet’s natural energy generation solutions such as wind, geothermal, and solar power.  These innovative resources are completely renewable and significantly better for the environment.

WHERE DOES GREEN ENERGY COME FROM? There are a variety of sources of electricity:

HYDRO/WIND: Water and wind are used in dams and windmills to power turbines that create heat and electricity.

GEOTHERMAL: This form of energy is generated in the Earth’s core which has temperatures hotter than the sun’s surface produced by the slow decay of radioactive particles, a process that occurs in all rocks.SOLAR: The sun’s rays are harnessed by photovoltaic panels that allow electrons to move freely among them, eventually meeting a circuit wire and converting into electricity.

The Barlow going “green” is just one more step we are taking to underscore our commitment to the environment, and we are pleased to announce this innovative change to our guests.

Learning as we go

July 25, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Whenever a new business opens, whether it be a designer clothing store in Chicago, a celebrity chef restaurant in LA or a boutique hotel in the Hudson Valley (i.e. The Barlow!), some details are surely missed.  Hopefully not details that are critical to the running of the business, but simple ones that can easily be remedied.  Over the past six weeks since we have been opened our guests have offered suggestions of things we might consider going forward; some we’ve acted on and some we’ve taken a pass.

LED lighted makeup mirrors were newly added to all guest bathrooms

LED lighted makeup mirrors were newly added to all guest bathrooms

One suggestion was the addition of lighted makeup mirrors for the ladies.  Great idea!  While there is a lot of light in our bathrooms, our understanding is that to create that perfect look a makeup mirror would be a helpful tool.  While we don’t want the shelves in the bathrooms to get too cluttered, we also want the guest to have the amenities they need to enjoy their time at The Hotel.

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K Cup carousels were added to all guest bedrooms thanks to a guest’s suggestion.

Another suggestion was that there needed to be more Keurig K-cups in the rooms.  We suspected this might be an issue, but were once again concerned that the counter space by the coffeemaker wouldn’t allow for a carousel.  We were wrong, and so each guest room is now provided with plenty of coffee, decaf coffee, tea and hot chocolate K cups so they won’t run out.

Hmmmm.  Wonder what else we missed…

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