The Observatory Hotel located on the east coast of Australia has been named Australasia’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel.
Earlier this month, the hotel was awarded the World Boutique Hotel Awards Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel for the Australasian region. Another big winner in Australia was Tasmania’s Saffire Freycinet. The luxury eco resort took out the award for Australasia’s Best Boutique Hotel. Thailand’s Zeavola Resort was named overall World’s Best Sustainable Hotel.
Achieving a carbon neutral status in 2012, the Observatory Hotel has incorporated a range of sustainable initiatives, such as a reduction in water, waste and energy.
The costs of changing infrastructure and practice to achieve lower emissions has been met wholly within the normal running costs of the property, without charging hotel guests extra for the purchase carbon offsets.
Established in 2004, the Observatory Hotel’s eco implementations are not an afterthought. The hotel has continually added environmental improvements over that period in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint.
In 2013, the hotel installed more than 200 solar panels to the hotel rooftop. Power from the solar installation has allowed the electricity needs of 100 hotel guests every week to be sourced from renewable energy.
Conscious of the growing number of eco-minded travellers, the hotel has created the the O-Zone package. For a cost of AUD$20 (US$17) per booking, guests wanting to do a little bit more for the planet, will have a tree planted by Observatory staff, and a certificate in recognition of the contribution to the local environment, will be issued to the guest. Other package inclusions are the biography of award-winning environmentalist David Suzuki and fitness equipment for use within the guest room, as well as green tea, fresh sushi and other eco enticements.