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For generations, members of the Historic Hotels of Europe have offered their guests an authentic European experience. We know that preserving history also means caring for our natural world and safeguarding the cultural heritage of our communities. We are passionate about responsible travel—one that conserves the environment and sustains the well-being of local people.
Our hotels continually strive to improve their environmental practices in a range of areas including energy, single-use plastic and water usage. Our members work to reduce food waste, developing menus in close collaboration with local producers and growers. Indigenous ingredients are celebrated and kitchen gardens embraced. Alternative transport including bicycles and electric vehicles are common features across our properties.
Join us in creating a better future.
The Green Key award is the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by businesses to adhere to criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education.
The Global Forest Fund is a carbon compensation initiative developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The scheme allows individuals and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint by providing valuable resources and education to communities worldwide.
Education is vital to a greener future. Showcasing industry experts and allowing members to explore the latest developments in sustainable tourism practices, our annual Historic Hotels of Europe hotelier meetings aim to inform and inspire.
Celebrating our members’ commitment to sustainable practices is important to us. Each year we host the Historic Hotel Awards to recognise the significant achievements of our members. The Historic Hotel Sustainability Award honours hotels that have made outstanding strides towards a better future.
Birthdays, anniversaries or simply a thank you—there’s is a Historic Hotels of Europe voucher to suit every occassion. Each voucher purchased goes towards planting a tree through our partner, the Global Forest Fund. An optional add-on is the opportunity to buy a Global Forest Fund “Save the Planet Voucher”, starting from €5. You’ll receive a certificate recognising your valued contribution to the Global Forest Fund cause.
Every time you book a hotel through the Historic Hotels of Europe, we plant a tree in your honour to increase reforestation and ecodiversity. Made possible by our partner, the Global Forest Fund, this means your stay is offset in a meaningful way.
Low-carbon travel is possible. If you want to reduce your impact on the environment while travelling, start by checking out these helpful sustainable tips.
One of the easiest yet most effective environmentally friendly travel tips. Turn off the lights and unplug your electronics when you are not using them. Simple!
One of the best things about exploring Europe is the option to use public transport and embrace a flightless holiday. If you do fly though, consider doing so with an airline that offers a carbon offset programme. Book direct, nonstop flights to avoid high emissions during takeoff and landing.
Save on carbon emissions by considering alternative modes of transport on your next trip. Check out the bus and train options instead of renting a car. Better still, cycle or walk—good for you and the environment!
Avoid unnecessary washing and reuse your towels. Hang towels up after each use, the universal sign that you are happy to use them again.
To avoid additional plastic use, travel with your own toiletries. If you do use the hotel-provided shampoo, remember to take the unused portion with you. Hotels have to throw these out if even just a little bit is used. Why not keep and refill the bottles for your next trip?
When you’re travelling and considering souvenirs, restaurants and cafes, try to make a conscious effort and buy local. Seek out local artisans and smaller shops.
Always decline plastic bags and travel with reusable bags for shopping trips.
Packing a water bottle greatly limits your plastic water bottle purchases. Saving you money and reducing single-use plastic.
Glossy brochures mean plastic, paper and often significant investment from destinations. Instead of throwing these away, leave them for the next traveller or return them to where you picked them up.
Let hotels and restaurants know that you appreciate their eco-efforts or share your ideas on how to improve sustainability.