When it comes to choosing a hotel, for many of us, a positive contribution to the environment means just as much, if not more, as getting the nicest room or the cheapest deal. If you are keen to know that energy is being conserved or recycling is a priority, for example, then there are a growing number of Green Hotels for you to choose from.
Green Hotels in the UK
More and more UK travellers are now seeking out these Green Hotels. In turn, more and more hoteliers are becoming far more conscious of ways in which they can save energy; realising that even the smallest green changes can make a massive difference.
Here are five of the most green hotels in the UK: where a clear effort has been made to improve sustainability – without compromising on comfort.
1. Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth, Nr Newquay
The South West’s ‘Hotel of the Year 2008/9’ was also winner of the Cornish Tourist Board’s sustainable tourism award in 2005. This large and modern Newquay hotel is an example to all and a number of initiatives have been taken to ensure water and energy are conserved and that the environment is protected. Guests are asked to recycle newspapers, cans and plastic bottles and low energy lighting has been installed.
The management has also thought outside the box; for example parents of little ones are given a free “real nappy kit” to try during their stay. The hotel management and staff clean the local beach 4 times a year and they also actively support a number of local conservation charities.
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2. Brightonwave, Brighton
Brightonwave is one of the hippest hotels in Brighton. Occupying a grand Victorian building in a Regency terrace in the town’s centre, it has just 8 gorgeous guest rooms, all sumptuously furnished. Not only is it a boutique haven, it has a strong environmental policy, too.
A member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the hotel recycles as much as possible; it monitors and adapts its energy use to ensure maximum sustainability, it ensures minimum water wastage and has introduced fair trade products. The management promote sightseeing tours by bike and public transport and its website lists local restaurants and services which are equally committed to environmental endeavours.
3. Cumbria House, Keswick
Cumbria House is a friendly, family-run guest house close to the centre of Keswick, a pretty market town in the heart of the Lake District. There are eight guest rooms, all of which enjoy views of the surrounding fells. The management of this green hotel are clearly committed to sustainability, as evidenced by a silver award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Just some of the steps they have taken include sourcing all produce locally to reduce food miles, extensive recycling, encouraging guests to drink tap water rather than bottled, not changing towels except when necessary, using high efficiency light units, low usage of central heating and the installation of flush water-saving toilets in the guest rooms. Visit Website
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4. Ivy Bank, Windermere
Located in the heart of Windermere, Ivy Bank guest house is an associate member of “The Lake District Tourism & Conservation Partnership”, which raises funds from visitors and local businesses, in order to preserve and enhance the Lake District and its natural beauty. Any guest donations to the fund are matched by the hotel’s management.
Visitors are actively encouraged to consider the importance of improving and maintaining the environment for future generations and suggestions from guests are taken very seriously. Everything about this green hotel is environmentally friendly, from low energy lighting to Fairtrade produce.
5. Moss Grove Organic Hotel – Grasmere, near Ambleside
Moss Grove is a recently refurbished, Victorian guest house located in the pretty village of Grasmere, in the heart of England’s Lake District. 11 luxurious bedrooms have been individually and lavishly furnished. During the refurbishment, the owners focused on using natural products, including organic clay paints, ‘Thermafleece’ (sheep’s fleece) for internal insulation, and natural timbers for furnishings.
The mains water pressure was upgraded and a filtration system installed to remove chlorine and pesticides from the water. The property is only cleaned with biodegradable products. There are low energy light bulbs throughout, both in and outside the building, thus reducing light pollution and conserving energy.
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