Many times I have heard it said that Eco-Friendly hotels are always upscale and expensive! Well this article is for all those wanting to be green while on vacation, but don’t want to break their vacation bank. Wandering the green planet, I have found the following 5 Green hotels in Europe to be charming while meeting green standards, and they are well under $350 per night:
1. England- The Zetter Hotel
Inexpensive yet stylish hotels in London can be very hard to find, but the Zetter Hotel is all of the above. It is located in the fashionable Clerkenwell neighborhood of West End London. This hotel’s restaurant is the cornerstone of a vibrant cultural scene in St John’s Square. They offer modern Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local seasonal produce. All of the 59 rooms at the Zetter have been individually designed in a quirky vintage-modern style, with state-of-the-art, in-room entertainment and technology. Walk-n Rain dance showers, Ipod docking stations and 4000 free digital music tracks to sample are a nice added touch to these modern rooms. Standard double room rates range from $288 to $338 per night.
2. Switzerland- Hotel Fidazerhof
The Fidazerhof is another inexpensive green hotel in Europe. This small, friendly hotel is located in the Ski Alpenarena of Grisons, Switzerland. The rooms are simple yet bright and cozy. They have been renovated in line with ecological construction standards for Switzerland and all rooms have great views from the balcony! On the ground floor, there is the well-being spa called the Prana. They offer many Auyervedic therapies, massages, and Hydro-baths as well as nutrition consultations. Rooms are offered at $117 per night.
3. Spain- Hotel Los Castanos
This is one of my favorite hotels in Europe. It is authentic, traditional and can serve as a great hideaway in the romantic Andalucía area of Spain. The hotel is located on the famous Alto Genal Trail in the Ronda mountain range’s small village of Cartajima. There are 7 well appointed rooms, all ensuite with king bed, organic linens and ecological toiletries. Some rooms offer Hydro massage tubs. There is a roof top terrace where you can have a view with your breakfast and a plunge pool for cooling down in the summertime. Nearby there are great sites to see, such as a Roman amphitheater and Paleolithic decorated caves. Room rates start at $120 BB per night.
4. Italy- Hotel Villa Casanova
Villa Casanova considers itself a Bio first-class inn. Located in the trendy Lido Beach area of Venice, it is one of the first green hotels in this romantic city of canals. All the building materials are strictly non-toxic: cork, slaked lime, naturally polished travertino marbles and oil-polished wooden floors. All rooms are fitted with devices for circuit breaking, which offers protection from electromagnetic fields, therefore ensuring a restful, pollution-free environment. The buffet breakfast is healthy and mostly organic. All rooms are decorated in stylish Venetian décor while maintaining modern green standards such as organic cotton linens and toiletries. Room rates start at $130 per night.
5. Denmark- Hotel Alexandra
Last but not least and located in Copenhagen (near Tivoli Gardens), this Danish Retro design hotel has won many green awards and is a proud member of the coveted Green Key Eco Label. Although this hotel is over 100 years old and located in an historical building, it has modern facilities and green standards to rival many new green hotel chains. This hotel pays special attention to the environment and health issues. The Alexandra is one of the only hotels to boast a 100% allergy friendly floor. Rates start at $200 per night.