London’s 5 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels
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Summer’s just gone by and Christmas is already upon us. It happens every year—the holidays come in the blink of an eye. The air is buzzing with excitement as our family and friends prepare Christmas parties and gatherings. It’s always nice to travel for the holidays, away from our daily lives. If you find yourself in the English capital looking for an eco-friendly London hotel, you won’t be disappointed. Whether it’s for New Year’s or Christmas, travelling green will always make you feel better. Here are the top 5 environmentally friendly hotels in London.
Rafayel Hotel – 34 Lombard Road, London Borough of Wandsworth, SW11, 3RF
A unique one that has one goal in mind: preservation of the Earth. The hotel uses LED Lighting by Philips which is supposed to save 80% energy. Their whole energy system is based on conservation, in fact. The air conditioning works by using already-generated heat that transfers onto other parts of the building that requires heating. Rafayel also uses rainwater for irrigation and has an eco-friendly dry cleaning system. The luxury hotel includes a restaurant, bar, a conference venue, brunch recipes and a dry spa.
Andaz Hotel London – 40 Liverpool Street London, EC2M 7QN
The 5-star Andaz hotel is popular for being one of the most stylish hotels around East London. Ideal for both leisure and business guests, the Andaz is within walking distance of the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tate Modern, and Tower Bridge. The hotel has incorporated bathrooms that are built to use 80% less water. The boiler is computer-controlled and uses 25% fuel compared to the normal ones. Being reputable for business guests, the hotel has implemented eco-friendly printers and lighting systems that use less energy.
Apex City Hotel London – 1 Seething Lane London, Greater London, EC3N 4AX
The contemporary 4-star hotel in the capital's centre has 179 rooms and suits along with an award-winning dining experience which will ensure that all your senses are satisfied. The water usage along with gas and electricity is constantly monitored by the hotel’s staff. As usual, the LED lights consume less energy and are powered with motion sensors. The bathrooms are the epitome of green hygiene—the toilets are dual flushed to help save water and eco-friendly detergents and soaps are used for laundering. The towels are supplied on a re-use policy to save water on cleaning. Oh, and who can forget the eco-friendly hotel lifts?
Crowne Plaza Hotel St James – 45-51 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF
The traditional Crowne Plaza hotel in St James offers excellent service, comfortable accommodation, high speed internet access and meeting facilities. More importantly, though, it is perfectly positioned for both business and leisure guests. Being just moments away from the Houses of Parliament, Bukingham Palace, Victoria Station and the London Eye, the hotel does it’s best to adapt all environmental regulations. Over the past years, Crowne Plaza has reduced its carbon footprint by 40%. The staff is fined if lights are left on!
The Savoy – Strand City of London, London, Greater London, WC2R 0EU
Ah yes, saving the best for last! Opened back in 1889, the Savoy has only recently begun implementing eco-friendly practice throughout the hotel. For the past 6 years, the Savoy has lowered CO2 emissions by 3,000 tonnes per year. This has reduced their energy consumption by 40%. It may be an iconic part of English luxury, but that doesn’t mean it can’t help the environment, too. The hotel donates furniture, food, linens, etc. to food banks and shelters. It also purchases supplies such as furniture and equipment from eco-friendly sources. Oh, and who says hybrid cars aren’t luxurious? The Savoy has done a good job on cutting carbon emissions through the use of hybrids, and also recycles 90% of the waste generated throughout the hotel.
Sohaib is an adventure travel enthusiast who is keen to promote the installation of green technologies. When he isn’t around and about, you’ll find him writing for HotelClub, a website for booking hotels and more.