Eco-friendly hotels are against the sterile and needlessly expensive environment, but they make up for it with heart and imagination. Some feature tent stays, countryside potter’s wheels, beaches, forest terrain and organic home cooking. The most important characteristic is the “off-the-grid” and recyclable approach the hotel takes, letting you feel good about your responsible vacation.
Eco-Friendly Hotels
'12jun27
MO.OM  
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This hotel bills itself as ‘Hotel & Motel, Love & Sex, Business & Relax all become One’. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a terrifically messy evening. But then, maybe I’m not Italian enough. You can choose whether to stay in the Hotel building or the Motel …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
'12jun13
Conscious Hotel  
Vondelpark
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A veteran hotelier’s wife gives birth to a child on a starry night. And when the proud father looks past the waving arms and feet into that child’s eyes, he was forever changed. This is roughly what happened to make the Dutch duo, Marco and Sam open a hotel aiming …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
'12jun11
Hotel  
Unique
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Shaped like a huge boat, the brave architecture of Hotel Unique is making waves in the trendy city of Sao Paolo. Architect Ruh Ohtake has used the wedge-shape of his building to create floors that get progressively wider the higher you go. Every evening, the rooftop Skye bar collects sophisticated …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
'12jun3
Treehotel  
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The Tree Hotel offers you the chance to return to childhood fantasies of the ultimate treehouse. All rooms are situated 4-6 meters above the ground among the treetops. Each room is a unique design with hand-picked furniture from local artisans. The Mirrorcube Room is invisible to the human eye but, …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Nature   Treehouse
Location: Harads  Sweden  West Europe
'12may10
STF  
Kolarbyn
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If you are going to stay at the STF Eco Lodge, I suggest you wrap up warm and practice swinging an axe because you will be chopping your own firewood – that’s one way of keeping warm and getting your daily work-out done. Sorted. And you will be rewarded with …
Accommodation types: Eco-Friendly   Nature
'12may9
URBN  
Shanghai
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URBN is China’s first carbon-neutral hotel combining modern architecture and Chinese aesthetics. Using recycled materials and uber-efficient design, its energy usage is so much more efficient than equivalent establishments. The hotel is situated next to the historic French Concession area of the city known for its delights and high-class restaurants, …
Accommodation types: Design   Eco-Friendly
Location: Shanghai  China  East Asia
'12may7
The New  
Monte Rosa Hut
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This hut is owned by the Swiss Alpine Authority and was designed by professors and students of architecture and eco-design from Lucerne University and ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). The crystal-shaped building is designed to make sunlight spiral inside while redistributing thermal body heat from occupants to heat …
Accommodation types: Concept   Eco-Friendly   Mountain