We’ve recently been strongly championing London’s eco-friendly hotels.
Features have been published on the green Zetter, the eco-obsessed Cavendish, the unwasteful Base2stay and the eco-luxe Rafayel, all of whom have won independent accolades for their green credentials.
In the case of the Cavendish and Base2stay we’ve also personally visited the hotels and quizzed management on their environmental commitment. In both cases, it was surprising to learn that being green need not cost more – it just requires a savvy attitude and a desire to make a difference.
So we were thrilled to hear recently about another London hotel that is also striving for excellence in this area: the Lancaster London, (previously the Royal Lancaster) which has just won a creditable silver award.
This is not based on PR hype but the official Green Tourism for London scheme (which gave Base2stay and the Cavendish Hotel their coveted Gold Awards). The scheme was launched in 2007 and requires rigorous criteria to be met, cutting across all operations and departments.
We’ve already featured the Lancaster’s pioneering “bees on the roof” idea which was part of why it got upgraded from bronze to silver.
But the hotel’s General Manager was keen to emphasise that it’s been a real team effort. This echoes the learning from the Cavendish Hotel: a hotel can be truly “green” only if the staff passionately believe in it.
The Lancaster London even has an in-house “environmental task force” charged with implementing initiatives to reduce waste and save energy.
Quite apart from the green aspect, there are other reasons to seriously consider the Lancaster London for your next stay in London.
To start with, it is climbing quickly up the TripAdvisor charts (from being outside the top 100 a few months ago, it is currently number 75).
The hotel also has a very well-connected central London location near Paddington with some rooms enjoying superb views over Hyde Park.
In fact, is it a coincidence that all the “green hotels” featured on London Hotels Insight are currently doing well on TripAdvisor? Could it be that staff who care for the environment are also more caring towards guests?
I hope that other London hotels take note and follow suit!
Photo credits: Lancaster London.