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Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant & Spa Is Recognized as the #1 Highest-Rated TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Hotel in the USA

YOUNTVILLE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/22/14 -- TripAdvisor has recognized Bardessono Hotel, Restaurant & Spa as the #1 GreenLeaders Hotel in the United States. The Top 10 highest-ranked GreenLeaders hotels in the U.S. were based on the properties that have achieved "Platinum" status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, and have proven to be the most popular with travelers according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index. These results of came from TripAdvisor's eco-travel survey, which had been completed by more than 2,100 U.S. respondents.

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program helps travelers identify properties that are committed to green practices. TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards that were developed for TripAdvisor in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme.

"We are honored to continually receive recognition for our efforts to wed sustainability and luxury. This is an incredible award that supports all that Bardessono strives to achieve. We would like to thank TripAdvisor and our loyal guests for this award," said Jim Treadway, general manager of Bardessono.

One of three Platinum LEED Certified hotels in the United States, Bardessono's green initiatives include: a subterranean, geothermal system that provides heat and air conditioning to the 62 guest rooms on the property as well as naturally heats and cools the water from the earth's temperature of 70 degrees, on-site organic culinary gardens delivering fresh ingredients to Bardessono's Lucy Restaurant and Bar, ionizers used for cleaning the guestrooms, low VC paints and sprays throughout the property, a commitment to recycling both water and waste, and much more.

"Not only is seeking out an eco-friendly accommodation good for the environment, but our survey also shows that most travelers find travel experiences more enjoyable when they make greener choices," said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. "For those interested in lowering the carbon footprint of their trips, this list of TripAdvisor GreenLeaders hotels showcases properties that have a strong commitment to sustainability and are highly rated by our travel community."

This award further demonstrates Bardessono's commitment to providing a luxurious experience for their guests within a sustainable environment. Bardessono is the leading example in the luxury hotel industry of achieving green building and operating practices, all without compromising on service and the customer experience.

About Bardessono

Bardessono opened in February 2009 with 62 guest rooms in Yountville, California, the heart of the Napa Valley. The hotel boasts Lucy Restaurant and Bar with its own on-site, CCOF (California Certified Organic Farming) culinary garden, and a full service spa as well as personalized spa treatment areas in each of its guest rooms. We pledge to care for an uncommon set of priorities: for the environment, for each other, for our guests, for the property and for the community nearby. Together, these priorities represent a vision for unprecedented and attentive service. www.bardessono.com

About Benchmark Hospitality International®

Benchmark Hospitality International® is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers. The company's two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in unique destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan. As a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers, Benchmark Conference Centers® maintain the highest standards for certification in meeting excellence. Benchmark Hospitality was launched in 1980 as an independent company and today operates worldwide from offices in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and regional offices in New Jersey, Washington State, Japan and Chile. For additional company information visit www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com/development. To become a fan on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels.

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