Best for vegans
The idea behind QO was to build the most sustainable hotel in Europe. Constructed partly from reclaimed materials, including second-hand concrete, the new-build property has been installed with a biofuel boiler; shutters that close when rooms are empty in order to keep them cool and limit the use of air-con; and a rooftop greenhouse that supplies the hotel’s two vegan-friendly restaurants with fruit, veg and herbs. Rooms have a chic post-industrial aesthetic and are comfortable, albeit not particularly cosy.
Doubles from £97, room only
Best for park life
Conscious Hotel Westerpark
Conscious Hotels is on a mission to ‘make sustainability sexy’ while keeping prices low. It’s a model that seems to be working — the burgeoning chain has opened hotel number four in the Westergas complex, a power plant-turned-cultural district located in leafy Westerpark. Supposedly the Netherlands’ first all-electric hotel, handsome and unfussy rooms are kitted out with smart cradle-to-cradle furniture and look onto Westerpark. Downstairs, Bar Kantoor has become a popular local haunt.
Doubles from £80, room only
Published in the Jul/Aug 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)
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