Top Eco Friendly Hotels with a City View

Written by on June 15, 2014 in Hotels & Resorts, Travel - Comments Off on Top Eco Friendly Hotels with a City View

London’s Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard has finally opened its doors and it couldn’t come sooner, as 3,000 eager guests have pre-booked their spot. With panoramic views and a location in the heart of London, the demand for a city break with a view is obviously sky high; but surely there must be a way to visit an inner city hotel with great views and still ensure an eco-friendly stay?

We had a peek around the world at some of the most innovative hotels championing sustainable tourism and establishing a green culture in urban environments to fantastic effect.

Boutique Hotel Stadthalle – Vienna

True pioneers of eco-tourism, the Boutique Hotel Stadthalle is one of the most environmentally efficient hotels in Austria. Combining an enticing mix of luxury, eye catching design and sustainability, this hotel sits right in the centre of Vienna. In addition to being the only hotel in the world with a net zero energy balance, it also offers great views of the city.

stadhalle (2)With photovoltaic panels, an ingenious irrigation system for the garden, a rooftop lavender field and even a discount to those visitors arriving via bike or train, you can be sure your holiday to Vienna is as eco-friendly as possible.

Conscious Hotel Vondelpark – Amsterdam

If you’re seeking a green stay on your holiday to Amsterdam then you won’t be disappointed. Doing as much as its name suggests, the Conscious Hotel near Vondelpark is a Green Key Gold certified eco-conscious hotel in bustling Amsterdam city. With a focus on creating a property that makes a visit to the city as kind to the planet as possible, the owners have created a sustainable model for tourism in the area.

consiocusNot only does the hotel feature a charging point for electric vehicles, but they advertise electric taxis in the lobby too. You can even tuck into guilt free 100% organic breakfasts after a night out in Amsterdam’s many bars. At the end of your day you can wind down in one of the rooftop rooms for views of Vondelpark or have a nap on one of the beds constructed of 100% natural materials; pure bliss!

Hotel Monaco – Seattle

Set amid busy downtown Seattle, Hotel Monaco not only boasts the title of one of the most environmentally friendly places to stay, but also one of the top hotels in the world. On a green mission since day one, the hotel donates unused toiletry items to charity, equips every room with recycle bins and even uses recycled menus in the restaurant.

Hotel MonacoVisitors who arrive via hybrid cars can also benefit from discounts, while organic dining ensures your stay is as sustainable as possible. As if that wasn’t enough, you can even meditate on your positive Zen with a free yoga matt supplied in every room!

PARKROYAL on Pickering – Singapore

A modern metropolis located on the southernmost tip of Malaysia, Singapore offers an opportunity to visit one of the greenest cities on earth. The PARKROYAL hotel is paving the way for a refreshingly green holiday experience, with lush gardens and incredible city views.

13. PARKROYAL on Pickering Facilities_Dedicated Wellness Floor_Infinity PoolFeaturing cascading sky gardens, water harvesting practises, solar cells, light, motion and rain sensors, this is one of the most advanced eco-hotels in the world. Due to all this technology, the hotel has an annual water conservation saving that’s the equivalent of 32.5 Olympic sized pools, as well as energy savings equal to 680 households a year. A stay at the PARKROYAL means visitors are well located within an incredible city, whilst keeping the planet healthy.

URBN Hotel – Shanghai

This hotel really provides something to shout about. For a country with the worst emissions rate in the world, the aim of the URBN Hotel to provide the first carbon neutral hotel in China is an impressive step in the right direction. Occupying a converted factory warehouse, the hotel’s interior was built entirely out of recycled materials.

urbn-hotels-shanghai_penthouse2This eco-chic hotel offers a stylish place to stay, decked out with dark woods (organically sourced and recycled, of course), modern comforts and an intimate environment. Winner of many accolades for sustainability, the hotel is a welcome respite for travellers that truly care about eco-travel and mother earth.

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