Hotel Skylar, Syracuse, New York

Built in 1921 as Temple Adath Yeshrun, the building was used by its congregation for over 5 decades, then by a theater group.  Purchased in 2009 by the Hotel Skylar LLC, renovation into a sustainable, green hotel commenced.  During renovation over 530 tons of the nearly 700 tons of material removed from the site was recycled.

Located 2 blocks from Syracuse Univerrsity and near another college and a hosptal, the hotel site was also selected for its proximity to public transportation. Preferred parking near the door but inside the gated area has been reserved  for guests driving low-emitting, high fuel efficient vehicles, such as my Prius.

The geothermal heat pump system provides heating and cooling with 16 wells drilled over 499 feet with 3 miles of piping. This system provides an over 40% energy cost saving compared to the baseline performance of the building.

Each room is powered by a sophisicated keycard energy management system. Room keys activate/deactivate the power in the room, permitting lights and the tv to be operated.

Pervious pavement has been used instead of asphalt as a comprehensive storm water management system.  All guest bathrooms are equipped with low-flow features. Water pressure was great!

Entirely non-smoking, the finishes are free of urea-formaldehyde and comply with applicable low emissions standard. In simple terms, air quality inside is very good.

And on top of all that green, this place is beautiful, comfortable and competitively priced!!!

Hotel Skylar

601 South Crouse Avenue

Syracuse, New York

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3 Responses to Hotel Skylar, Syracuse, New York

  1. Malou says:

    It is nice to know that such a hotel was renovated in a totally sustainable and ecologically-friendly manner. 😉

  2. Gunta says:

    Impressive! Nice to see this sort of thing spreading. May it enter the mainstream. Soon.

  3. It reminded me, in a “classier” way, of the b&b we stayed at near Ft Ticonderoga a few summers ago. If we had not been told it was 100% OFF the grid, we never would have known! Technology is advancing so nicely and the cost to be green is no longer higher than conventional construction.

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