Macdonald Windsor Hotel set for ‘Green’ Awards
Part of the group recently awarded AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013/14, Macdonald Windsor has also increased its ever growing list of green credentials with the installation of an electric car charging point for guests, and is a finalist in the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2013-2014 business tourism category.
Now in their seventh year, Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine’s Hotel Cateys are the industry’s only truly independent benchmark of operational excellence. Since their launch, the awards have celebrated the most successful hotels, hoteliers and hotel employees across the UK. Nearly 90 judges shortlisted the nominees in 14 categories with the winners to be announced on 29th November in London at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme is a national certification initiative validated by visit Britain through the International Centre for Responsible Tourism.
Part of The Macdonald Hotels’ Signature Collection, the three year old boutique townhouse hotel was designed from the outset to be ‘green’ incorporating as many environmentally friendly initiatives as possible.
These achievements reflect Macdonald Hotels & Resorts’ industry leading ‘green’ credentials, which were recognised by scooping the prestigious 2012 – 2013 AA Eco-Hotel Group of the Year award.
Macdonald Windsor Hotel also had the hotel group’s first four signature ‘green rooms’, named after trees in Windsor Great Park; all items in these rooms demonstrate that it is possible to be environmentally sustainable without sacrificing quality and comfort. Initiatives include natural artwork and eco-friendly low chemical paint; energy efficient irons and kettles, fair trade tea and coffee and rechargeable batteries on the safes and remote controls.
Commenting on the initiatives Beverley Molmans, General Manager at Macdonald Windsor Hotel said; “Our eco rooms help us to lead the way with our green credentials; we owe much to our ‘green champion’ Greg Brown who has worked with our ‘green team’ to ensure the environmental initiatives are maintained and continually developed for the benefit of our guests and future generations.”
Other eco-friendly initiatives include motion sensor lighting for all guest bathrooms and corridors; locked windows to save energy wastage; installation of a cardboard compactor and water bottling on site. The hotel also has a rooftop herb garden and uses social media to gather feedback and suggestions from our guests.
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