When you travel to a new destination, your senses are sharpened, and you experience many new impressions. At the same time, you also prefer to stay in a place where you can relax. To fully recharge before going back to work! Especially during a city trip, you often cannot escape the crowds. Research has proven that a green environment contributes to better relaxation. It ensures that you experience less stress and has a positive effect on your health. Hotels are therefore increasingly opting for a green ambiance. So, check in at the following green hotels to completely unwind after a bustling day exploring the city!
1. Hyatt Regency Hotel ***** | Amsterdam, the Netherlands
This luxurious 5-star hotel in the ‘Plantage’ area in Amsterdam is sustainable and environmentally friendly. In 2017, the hotel received the highest BREAAM-score ever given to a hotel in the Netherlands. With this, the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam proves that it does justice to the three guidelines they stand for; green, sustainability and well-being. The hotel has chosen to make this visible with a living wall, both on the inside and outside of the building. A bee- and butterfly-friendly green roof has also been installed on the roof, which stimulates biodiversity in the city. Discover this green pearl during a visit to the Dutch capital.
2. Hotel Indigo **** | Brussels, Belgium
During an overnight stay in this 4-star hotel in the heart of Brussels, you will imagine yourself in a botanical atmosphere. The 284 boutique rooms are inspired by the nearby botanical garden and this is reflected in the interior design. Both the exterior facade at the entrance and a number of interior walls are covered with plants. These green facades contribute to a calming atmosphere in the hotel. During a city trip, visit the Grand Square, the Atomium and the famous landmark Manneken Pis and enjoy this green oasis in the middle of the European capital.
3. Kimpton de Witt Hotel***** | Amsterdam, the Netherlands
If you are looking for a real Instagram hotspot, then you have come to the right place at the Kimpton de Witt Hotel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The entrance is very attractive thanks to its green wall. The text “and breathe” in pink neon letters immediately gives meaning to this wall. A plant wall like this absorbs CO2 and converts it into oxygen. A nice atmosphere to stay for a night in the busy Dutch capital.
4. Hotel Gilbert**** | Vienna, Austria
Amidst the classic Viennese buildings, a sustainable and modern building catches the eye. This green eye-catcher is on the list of top eco-hotels in Vienna. Hotel Gilbert has not opened its doors very long, but the history of the building can still be felt because the original layout has been preserved. The adjacent restaurant uses flowers, herbs and vegetables grown on their private roof terrace. Completely in line with the current zeitgeist. Together with its location near the popular Museum Quarter, it makes this location the perfect meeting place for new inspiration.
5. Green Hotel*** | Genk, Belgium
The name of this hotel says it all, green is central here. This renovated hotel in Belgian Limburg stands for quality and sustainability at an affordable price. A vertical plant wall gives the building a unique natural appearance. The Green Hotel is the perfect resting place in the middle of the nice center of Genk. Need a refreshing drink after a day of sightseeing? Then you can go to the Roots cocktail bar, located on the ground floor of the hotel.
6. Hotel & Wellness Zuiver *** | Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Peace, space and luxury. You will find that at Hotel & Wellness Zuiver in the Amsterdam Forest. The hotel has several facilities such as a sauna, swimming pools, tennis courts and a fitness centre. You can also visit the lovely restaurant where they mainly use local regional products in their dishes. The building is completely wrapped in greenery, so that it completely blends into the environment. In short, this hotel is everything you need to fully recharge during your holiday.
7. Hôtel Mercure Nantes Centre Gare**** | Nantes, France
The Mercure Hotel is located in the French city of Nantes. This 6th largest city in France offers a beautiful historic castle, cathedrals, the Loire River and pretty gardens. Since 2020, the hotel has been equipped with a beautifully decorated green facade that can be seen from afar. This unique beacon provides a piece of green appearance in a mainly urban environment. After a visit to the beautiful gardens of Nantes, you can reminisce at the green ambiance of the beautiful SemperGreenwall.
8. The Nox Hotel**** | Utrecht, the Netherlands
A few steps away from the Dom Tower in Utrecht, you will find the characteristic hotel The Nox. This historic building offers boutique rooms with a mix of classic and modern elements. The rear of the property features a lush plant wall. This reduces noise pollution in the courtyard, reduces the temperature in the hotel and purifies the air. Restaurant Hemel & Aarde is also located in the same building, where they offer a seasonal menu. Time to visit the Utrecht canals!
An investment that easily pays for itself
More and more hotels are going green. Studies in environmental psychology have shown that people prefer natural over non-natural/built environments.1 The choice for a hotel will therefore in many cases go (unnoticed) to a hotel with a natural appearance.
In addition to creating a sustainable image and the appeal that a green facade offers, a living wall also generates money. If you are a hotel owner or investor, read more here about how greenery increases the economic value of a property!