With the drastic increases in energy prices, the climate crisis and hotel guests who are increasingly consciously looking for a sustainable stay, it is important that the hotel industry becomes greener. Fortunately, more and more steps are being taken in the transition to sustainable hotels. Below we discuss 7 examples of European hotels that have taken the step towards sustainability, in the form of green roofs or green facades.
Hyatt Regency Hotel ***** | Amsterdam, Netherlands
This eco-friendly and sustainable 5-star hotel is located in the Plantagebuurt in Amsterdam. In 2017, the Hyatt Regency Hotel Amsterdam received the highest BREAAM score ever awarded to a Dutch hotel. With this score, the hotel confirms its three core values; green, sustainability and well-being. These values are visible in the green facades, which are located both on the inside and outside of the building. In addition, the bee- and butterfly-friendly green roof gives the local biodiversity a boost.
Radisson Blu Hotel **** | Sopot, Poland
The new Radisson Blu Hotel in Sopot, Poland, is just 250 meters from a white sandy beach. The hotel, located on the Baltic Sea coast, has 219 rooms, 2000 m2 of conference space and a spa & wellness center where guests can relax. The undulating dune landscape that surrounds the hotel is reflected in the hotel’s design. Vegetation mats have been installed on the undulating roof so that the hotel fits seamlessly into its characteristic environment. The green roof is not only beautiful to look at, it is also an extremely sustainable solution for collecting rainwater and promoting local biodiversity.
Hotel Gilbert **** | Vienna Austria
This sustainable and modern hotel is located in the middle of the many classic buildings in Vienna. The eye-catching building, with a rich green facade in front, has been voted the best eco-hotel in Vienna. Although Hotel Gilbert has only recently opened its doors, the history of the building can still be felt as the original interior has been preserved. In keeping with the current zeitgeist, the adjacent restaurant uses flowers, herbs and vegetables grown on its own roof terrace. Together with its location near the popular Museum Quarter, it makes this location the perfect meeting place and a source of sustainable inspiration.
Hotel Mitland **** | Utrecht, Netherlands
This eco-friendly hotel, located in the heart of the Netherlands, has held the Golden Green Key certificate since 2012. The Green Key is an international eco-label for the tourism sector. Hotel Mitland has a large Sedum herb roof and is equipped with a special organic waste pit for the production of biogas. It even has its own cogeneration plant. All this to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, the nature-inclusive hotel is equipped with charging points for electric cars. Hotel Mitland thus offers its guests an overall green experience.
Hotel Mercure Nantes Center Gare**** | Nantes, France
Since 2020, the Mercure Hotel in the French city of Nantes has a beautiful green facade that is visible from a distance. This green beacon provides a sustainable look in a predominantly urban environment. Mercure belongs to the Accor group. Accor has created the Planet 21 program with ambitious goals that focus on 4 strategic points: raising employee awareness, involving guests, innovating with partners, collaborating with local authorities and two central challenges, namely food and buildings. For example, Mercure guests are asked to reuse their towels. With the resulting water and energy savings, the chain finances the planting of trees. In the design of the hotels, emphasis is placed on ecological design. That is why the Mercure Nantes Center Gare hotel chose the distinctive SemperGreenwall, where guests can enjoy a green and sustainable atmosphere.
Duinhotel Breezand **** | Women’s Polder, Netherlands
Nature and sustainability were the two central design themes for the Breezand Duinhotel, which is part of the Breezand holiday park. The main building is equipped with solar panels and seasonal heat-cold storage. The future-proof hotel has green roofs on several floors, which are supplemented with different types of grass, so that the hotel blends into the dune landscape. These beautiful roof gardens are not only pleasing to the eye but also offer a cooling effect and many other benefits such as water storage, soundproofing and promoting biodiversity.
Hampton by Hilton Alcobendas *** | Madrid, Spain
The comfortable Hampton by Hilton Alcobendas hotel is located in northern Madrid, Spain. The heart of the hotel is the roof terrace with seasonal swimming pool. The pool is surrounded by an undulating Sedum roof which adds a splash of color to the modern building. The green roof contributes to a lower ambient temperature, less noise pollution and healthier air. This hotel participates in Hilton Worldwide’s sustainability program: LightStay. This platform started in 2009 to measure the environmental and social impact of hotels. Today, LightStay is used by all Hilton hotels around the world. Hilton aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030.
What advantages does greening give a hotel?
Installing a green roof or a green facade is a relatively small adaptation, while the payoff is great. Green roofs collect a lot of excess rainwater so that the streets are not flooded during heavy rainfall. In addition, the green roofs and facades lower the ambient temperature, both in the city and in the hotel itself. This means that the air conditioner does not have to work as hard in the summer, which results in energy savings. The plants also capture particles and convert CO2 into oxygen, which cleans the air. In addition, the green space provides space for biodiversity. Bees, butterflies and other insects like to stay on a green roof or in a green facade, so that the city’s increasingly scarce flora and fauna are strengthened. And not the least advantage: People like to live in green surroundings.
An investment in green pays for itself
Research in environmental psychology has shown that people prefer a natural environment over a non-natural/built environment.1 Travelers will increasingly choose a hotel with a natural appearance. Other surveys and studies have also shown that hotel guests have a positive view of hotels that take green measures and that they are willing to pay more for a stay at a green hotel.2.3 An investment in sustainability, for example by installing a green facade or a green roof, will quickly pay off.
A green roof or green facade gives LEED or BREAAM points
A green roof or green facade contributes to the BREEAM or LEED score for both new construction and renovation. As the BREEAM and LEED certifications are related to a number of other measures, the score is project dependent. In addition, SemperGreenwall has a Cradle to Cradle certification.
Do you want to know more about making a hotel greener?
Read more here about how greening increases the economic value of a property. For more information on greening a hotel, whether it is new construction or renovation, you can always contact us. Our specialists will be happy to answer all your questions.