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Set to open in Paddington in September 2019, Inhabit Hotels is a new holistic hotel brand offering a welcome respite from frantic city life, with wellness and sustainability as prime focuses.
Inhabit Southwick Street is collaborating with Yeotown for its food and beverage offering. Renowned as London’s first mindfulness café, Yeotown’s healthy living ethos is the perfect addition to the hotel. With its mantra ‘strong in body, clear in mind’, Yeotown at Inhabit will serve delicious, healthy food to hotel guests and the community alike as part of Inhabit’s commitment to wellbeing. Experts in health of mind and body Mercedes and Simon Sieff are behind Yeotown Health Retreat in North Devon and the Yeotown Kitchen on Marylebone’s Chiltern Street. Together with Inhabit, they hope to awaken a higher consciousness in a way that other hotels haven’t. By partnering with food-wastage apps Karma and Too Good to Go, the cafe will host a Happy Hour when they share perfectly-edible bargains that would otherwise have been thrown out at the end of every day. (Wasted food accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.)
In addition, the hotel’s architects Holland Harvey and interior design Caitlin Henderson Design prioritised using materials honestly and in their natural state. During the building renovation, Globechain helped reduce waste for social and environmental impact: they diverted 273 items weighing a total of 2,934 kg from landfill. Award-winning social enterprise Goldfinger Factory produced some of the bespoke furniture such as tables and cabinets.
Interior touches include Burma’s Kalinko Homewares, whilst in the bathrooms, magnesium and kelp-rich products from REN use sustainability sourced, bio-active ingredients. The hotel also prioritises quality sleep for its guests, offering Casper’s eco-friendly VOC-free mattresses made of natural organic materials such as wool and cotton. All the elements have been considered — maximising on natural light, eco-friendly air filtration systems from Airlabs in the public areas,. With one of the world’s best-known green city spaces on their doorstep, Inhabit also encourages guests to get out in the open, providing maps for walkers and jogging guides for the parks in the area.
Fairmont St Andrews:
Fairmont St Andrews has achieved a Gold rating from Green Tourism, the highest possible accreditation from the organisation developed by Visit Scotland and Green Business UK. The aim of the Green Tourism Award is to reduce carbon footprint as well as utility, water and waste bills. Some of the methods in which Fairmont St Andrews achieved its Gold rating includes replacing all single use plastics in the staff canteen with reusable china, providing recyclable glass bottled water in conference areas for all guests, and collaborating with Eden Project to provide plastic free fully compostable biodegradable coffee capsules, sharing information about the fully biodegradable capsules in each room which has attracted a lot of positive feedback from guests.
Palé Hall has installed two electric vehicle charge points, capable of charging four cars at the same time. With the five-star country house hotel’s electricity generated from their very own hydropower system, the cars essentially run on water – an incredibly innovative and unique eco policy. The charging points are free to use for both the general public and guests of the hotel. Palé Hall’s environmental efforts extend beyond their hydropower system, with the hotel adopting an array of green policies in order to increase their sustainability. The hotel has collaborated with local supplier Cole & Co to remove all single-use plastic bottles from the toiletry range in bedrooms, providing re-useable glass bottles as an alternative. Other green policies include recycling, providing organic toiletries in re-useable glass bottles, purchasing local produce, and employing local staff. With the Grade II* listed property surrounded by the natural beauty of the Welsh valleys on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, reducing environmental impact is of top priority to Palé Hall.