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An eco-friendly and “witty” London hotel.

by Rajul on December 2, 2009

The founders of the Zetter Hotel are so environmentally-obsessed they even built their own water well under the hotel!

The founders of the Zetter Hotel are so environmentally-obsessed they have even built their own water source under the hotel!

London Hotels Insight loves “green” hotels.  That’s why we’ve already featured the award-winning eco-friendly credentials of the Cavendish Hotel and met the management at London’s greenest hotel.

And it seems that an increasing number of London hotels are starting to adopt impressive green management practices.

Base2stay in Kensington is another that’s been mentioned in this context and we’ll be exploring its eco-friendly features in more depth soon.

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But I’ve recently discovered another London hotel which is just as innovative on the environmental front: the highly-rated Zetter Hotel.

I was intrigued to hear that the hotel has its own borehole to dig underground and source its own water!  This is a big issue when you think for a moment of how much water is typically wasted at your average hotel.

The Zetter is a relatively new hotel and so its founders, Michael Benyan and Mark Sainsbury, had the luxury of being able to create an eco-friendly hotel “from the ground up”.  Their vision was to create “guilt-free luxury”.

Judging by recent guest reviews – the hotel is in the top 50 London hotels on TripAdvisor – it seems to have succeeded in doing this.

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The Zetter provides boutique-style accommodation with lots of nice little touches including mood lighting, hot water bottles, paperback books and more

The Zetter provides boutique-style rooms with nice little touches including mood lighting, hot water bottles, paperback books and more

Here are some examples of its innovative environmental thinking in action:

  • Energy efficiency through use of an intelligent building management system and efficient hot water boilers.
  • Internal borehole (as mentioned above) to source fresh London spring water and also used to flush the loos.
  • Ventilation and natural light provided by central “Atrium” (to avoid ventilation fans and corridor lights).
  • Air conditioning in the room automatically “cuts out” when you open a window – genius!
  • All bedrooms have an “occupancy detection system” – very little energy is used when they are empty.
  • Environmentally-friendly paints are used on all interiors.
  • All glass and paper used in the hotel is recycled.
  • An “energy loop” system to re-use energy throughout hotel.

Aside from these impressive environmental credentials, why else would you stay at The Zetter?  It’s a hotel which has its own quirky “wit”.

We already recommended it in our review of hotels near Islington, mentioning its attractive design, free WiFi (a pet peeve of ours) and other nice touches like free coffee vending and “inspired” artistic wallpaper.

The Zetter's "modern Mediterranean" restaurant has built a solid reputation

The Zetter's "modern Mediterranean" restaurant has built a solid reputation

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Recent TripAdvisor reviews suggest that the hotel offers good value (one reviewer called it “posh without the dosh”), commenting particularly favourably on the friendly staff and tasteful urban chic décor.

Room 503 with its roof terrace is especially recommended.

Note that the hotel is a touch outside central London in a quieter neighbourhood, though public transport connections are plentiful.  It’s also pretty handy for catching the Eurostar to Paris.

So if you want to stay in a hotel that delivers on environmental, value for money and service grounds then it’s a very solid choice.

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Photo credits: The Zetter Hotel.

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