Scheduled to open this month, the Hilton Asheville boasts one of the United States' first hotel water-heating systems powered by solar energy and the...

Scheduled to open this month, the Hilton Asheville hotel is aiming for sustainability and eco-stewardship.

The new hotel’s roof boasts one of the United States’ first hotel water-heating systems powered by solar energy and the system will be one of the largest installations in the Western North Carolina region, the Hilton Asheville says.


Water throughout the hotel, including the pool, will be solar-heated, eliminating 25 tons of carbon dioxide per year: the equivalent of planting 7,377 trees, by Hilton’s calculations. The hotel has many other environmentally focused features.

Various other new hotels that have recently opened or are under construction in the U.S. have also been designed with sustainability in mind.

The 165-room hotel is set in the heart of Biltmore Park Town Square, the largest mixed-use district outside of the city’s downtown area. The Hilton Asheville was built to blend green practices with the Hilton’s commitment to guest comfort, and was designed to LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards from the Green Building Council. LEED certification is based on various metrics, including energy savings; water efficiency; carbon dioxide emissions reduction; improved indoor environmental quality; stewardship of resources; and sensitivity to their impacts.

The Hilton Asheville says it will reduce water usage by 30 per cent through the installation of low-flow toilets, showerheads and sink fixtures. The hotel will also focus on reducing energy consumption by using ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL light bulbs, which use up to 75 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. Each kilowatt-hour saved preserves one pound of coal, it says.

The new Hilton Asheville in North Carolina is one of the first U.S. hotels to have a solar-powered water heating system. The system is on the hotel's roof

The new Hilton Asheville in North Carolina is one of the first U.S. hotels to have a solar-powered water heating system. The system is on the hotel's roof

The hotel will also employ a recycling program for both guests and employees to further reduce raw materials, energy and air pollution. Select staff will even wear uniforms made out of regenerated plastic bottles.

Promoting lower emissions is also part of the hotel’s sustainability effort. Guests may accept shuttle service in an alternative fuel shuttle, which reduces the burning of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. The hotel will offer preferred parking for energy-efficient hybrid vehicles. Additionally, guests may choose to bicycle as an alternative to driving.

The Hilton Asheville offers executive suites complete with luxurious bathrooms, some featuring infinity edge whirlpool tubs. The hotel’s state-of-the-art meeting facilities provide 4,500 square feet of meeting space and will employ green-meeting policies that avoid the use of linens when possible.

The hotel is also houses Sparrow Spa. The spa will exclusively use Eminence Organic Skin Care products, a European line that contains the highest-possible levels of all-natural organically grown herbs, fruits and vegetables. The hotel’s fitness center features Precor equipment and an indoor lap pool and whirlpool. Executive Chef Randy Dunn brings 15 years of culinary achievement to Roux, the on-site full service restaurant. The restaurant will use as much local food as possible as part of the hotel’s place-making commitment.

Hilton Asheville is located just off Interstate 26, Exit 37 on Long Shoals Road in Biltmore Park Town Square. This location is about 5 minutes from the Asheville Regional Airport and 15 minutes from Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway is minutes away, along with many other attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Hilton is near major national retailers and restaurants including P.F. Chang’s, Barnes and Noble and REI.

Information about the Hilton Asheville, Biltmore Park Town Square is available at 828-210-8290. Guest reservations are being accepted on www.ashevillebiltmorepark.hilton.com or through a travel professional.