Hotels everywhere have been striving to be more eco-friendly in recent years.
They recognise the need to look after our planet and that their guests value it too. But many of their green choices are built into the hotel’s infrastructure.
From energy-saving light bulbs to sustainable furniture, they’re all fantastic innovations. And some hotels are now going even further and using green innovations that put being a responsible guest in your hands. By making choices such as reading digital newspapers and reusing your towels, you can be in control of how green your hotel stay is.
Try some of these smart options at London’s most eco-friendly hotels…
Tailored Green Stay
The Savoy is already a luxury hotel that goes to great lengths to be sustainable and kind towards the environment. But if you choose their Elements Stay Package, you can have an in-depth green experience.
The package gets you a dedicated Green Butler, who will be your guide to being eco-conscious at The Savoy and in the surrounding area. You can enjoy a trip to the ZSL London Zoo and learn about their conservation, education and science programmes. The hotel’s concierges will also provide you with information about London’s World Heritage Alliance sites, parks, nature walks and cycle routes, public transport networks, and more.
One thing that businesses in all industries are trying to do is cut down on paper usage. The measures they use can range from cloud computing to collaborative software. One of the ways to reduce your paper trail during your hotel stay is to pick a property that uses Gold Key Media’s Media Box.
Instead of having a paper copy of your favourite newspaper or magazine every day, you can download a digital version onto your mobile device. The media box has hundreds of national and international titles that you can download for free, and then take with you as you travel around London.
Hotels including the Andaz Liverpool Street and Claridge’s are already using this clever system, so you have a choice between a paper copy of your favourite title or a greener digital version. Hotels can get more information on how to get hold of the Media Box solution (which also permits them to load up their own content) on the Gold Key Media website.
We challenge you to ask your hotel if they’ve implemented this innovation.
Making Cycling and Walking Easy
A lot of people already choose not to drive around London, due to both the congestion charge and the congestion itself. But better even than public transport such as the bus or tube is walking or cycling around the city.
Several London hotels make it easier for you by providing bikes for hire, secure places to store your own bicycle and maps of cycling routes. Take the Ace Hotel, for example, where guests can keep their bikes in their room. They can also join bike tours of London with tokyobike. At Qbic, they have free bikes for you to take out and give out cycling maps of East London.
Naturally, a large meeting of a group of delegates will have more impact on the environment than one person staying in a hotel. But you can make your business meetings and conferences more eco-friendly by making the right choices about the rooms and facilities you use. At the W London, their meeting spaces are sustainable to make your event greener.
They have a water filtration system to offer you clean water in reusable glass bottles with waste sorted to ensure everything is recycled. You also don’t need to waste paper on presentations, as you can write straight onto the wall. If you’re staying at the hotel, you get a £5 beverage and food voucher or 500 SPG Starpoints for each night you decline housekeeping services.
Remember that there are always small choices you can make at your hotel to help them be green, like reusing your towel. So next time you stay, think before you throw waste or leave the taps running!