Two London hotels have been nominated for a European sustainability award!


Published August 22, 2022
Photo: Stow-Away Waterloo

Two London hotels have been nominated for a European sustainability award thanks to their green credentials.

Stow-Away Waterloo and Strand Palace Hotel have been nominated for the European tourism sustainability award “GrINN Awards 2022” -organised by Quartz Inn Hotels- for their outstanding green policies and care for the environment.

Stow-Away, a unique sustainable building

Located very close to Waterloo station, this eco-aparthotel has a unique building created with 26 re-purposed shipping containers with a roof fitted with solar panels which transfer any excess electricity not used in the building back into the national grid.

The air conditioning and hydro units recycle and recirculate energy between the heating and hot water systems, and by doing so create real energy efficiency and reduce any unnecessary waste.

Stow-Away’s design focuses on space-efficient models that deliver improved ergonomics in a stylish and eco-friendly way.

One of the studio containers

Other sustainable practices put in place on the property are the following: rooms are lined with eco friendly timber cladding, all waste from the hotel and the on-site restaurant is recycled, all lighting is low energy and LED, recycling bins are placed in all the rooms to make it easier for guests to separate their waste and all single-use plastics have been removed.

Strand Palace Hotel, a multi-million pound sustainable refurbishment

Strand Palace is a 785 rooms hotel just minutes from Covent Garden. A recent refurbishment completed in May 2020 was the perfect opportunity for the hotel to choose more sustainable furniture and appliances.

Photo: Strand Palace Hotel

The new carpets throughout the hotel contain over 84,500 recycled plastic bottles, preventing them from going to landfill. In addition, all rooms now have shower cubicles rather than bath tubs (with the exception of the accessible rooms) and LED lighting.

GrINN Awards 2022

According to Ignacio Merino, Quartz Inn Hotels’ Managing Director:

“The main objective of the awards is to promote good sustainable practices in the hospitality sector and to increase general awareness of the impact of hospitality and tourism activities on the environment”

Hotels and tourism leaders from 23 European countries have been nominated and the finalists will be announced in the coming weeks after the jury deliberation. The winners from each of the 50 categories will be chosen among all finalists after a public voting process.

Photo: Strand Palace Hotel Room