Travelers are becoming more aware about the way they travel. People nowadays want to know where their food comes from, where their clothes are made and contribute in helping the planet. The travel industry is playing into this and I’m happy to see more and more of this. Amsterdam is extremely innovative when it comes to going greener and there are a few hotels that stand out. These are the most sustainable hotels in Amsterdam:
Conscious hotels has been around for a few years and was one of the first hotels to set the bar when it comes to sustainability. The founders of Conscious felt it was time to change something when they had their first child. The future wasn’t looking so great for mother nature so they decided to do something. With 2 hotels and a third one on the way set for 2017 (westergasterrein), this Green Key Gold certified hotel is going to extreme lengths in order to help the planet. How? They use led lights, no cash policy, the tables in your room are made from recycled coffee cup holders and the energy they use to power the hotel comes from renewable sources. Everything has pretty much been designed to be kind to the planet. Saying this, it’s also got a hip, contemporary feel to it. Book you room here and find out.
Vondelpark: Overtoom 519
Museumdistrict: De Lairessestraat 7
Just opened in Amsterdam’s business district, Element has made a brand-wide commitment for all Element Hotels to operate to sustainable and green practices. They do this by using a lot of eco-friendly materials in their hotels and recycling their trash. Every room has a trash can with a divider for paper, plastic and other waste. They use carpet that is made from 100% recycled content and low VOS paints on the walls. The wall art is even mounted from a base made of recycled tires.They use the 80/20% food rule meaning 80% vegetables and 20% meat and fish. You can borrow bicycles at the hotel instead of calling an Uber everywhere. This is also a great way to see Amsterdam. The hotel is designed to function a long stay hotel. People who come over for business and need a relaxing bright place, will love it here. Book your stay here!
Arend Janszoon Ernststraat 577
This hotel franchise is huge, well known and they have 4 of them in Amsterdam. (City, Airport, Canal District, Sloterdijk Station). Mercure is part of the Accor Hotel Group. They use a few pillars such as Health, Nature, Reducing Co2 Emissions, Innovation and Local Produce. They recycle pretty much everything; accu’s, paper, towels, glass and food. They teach their staff about innovation and sustainability. Even though they are large, they’ve received a Green Key Award and scored high which makes them a gold member. Check here for all the Green Key hotels.
Not open yet but this hotel is set to be the most sustainable hotel in Amsterdam and Europe! They are expecting the first guest this summer. They describe themselves as “the Tesla of the hotel industry”. The hotel will be situated in Amsterdam East and will have 300 rooms. They are concentrating on using bio waste to use this as soil for the plants where they will grow their own vegetables. They are also experimenting with vertical farming which means they will use layers of gardens on top of each other for optimal use of space. Food will be homemade and they use the hotel’s own ingredients and from local produce. Wander-Lust can’t wait for this hotel to open! www.wolterendros.nl
Let’s travel green shall we?