Traveling leaves behind a certain environmental footprint, which we understand and try to mitigate as best we can on the road. Individuals can do their part, but when companies and specifically hotels join the party, serious change can be seen. This is why we were super excited to check out Boutiquehotel Stadthalle in Vienna.
What is so cool about Boutiquehotel Stadthalle is that it’s the world’s first city hotel with a zero-energy balance! This means over the course of a year the hotel creates the same amount of energy required to run it. Impressive.
As we got off the tram and made our way towards the hotel, we had a pretty good idea we arrived when we saw the solar panels and greenery on the face of the building. We wanted a green experience and we were sure this was a good sign of things to come.
We entered the hotel and were greeted by more plants, fresh mint water and a scooter to use as we pleased. No extra pollutants here!
Check-in went smoothly and the customer service was wonderful. They explained our location and the easiest ways to various destinations throughout Vienna, which is always helpful as we never seem to make the right turn on our first try. 😉 After a brief overview of the hotel and all its eco-friendly features we made our way to the room to unpack and relax.
Our room overlooked the courtyard and gave us a great view of all the foliage the hotel is growing. Plus, one entire side of the building is covered in solar panels, which looks pretty amazing. We would have had a view of the beautiful lavender garden roof, unfortunately it blooms in June and we missed it. We can only imagine the wonderful smells floating throughout the hotel at that time. Matt was more than disappointed as he loves lavender.
The room itself was perfect for our needs when traveling and included apples as a snack and wine on the table. After staying in a number of small guesthouses and hostels, having any amount of space to spread out including a couch and desk is like heaven. While some might feel the room is small, we thought it was efficient on space and economical, like the rest of the hotel.
As opposed to traditional recycling, ‘upcycling’ repurposes reusable objects in different ways. Everyday objects becoming worn for original needs are turned into new and fun pieces of art or even furniture! In addition to art on the walls (shown above), coffee tables and nightstands were created using firewood and old books in some rooms. Upcycling helps reduce manufacturing and production and total consumption. Love this idea!
The breakfast was nice and included lots of healthy organic options, everything from tea to eggs. We enjoyed a lovely oatmeal and yogurt bar as well as the fresh free range eggs from the Burgenland region of Austria. Matt also dug into the various cold meats (as usual) and cheeses, which he said were great. You will most certainly NOT go hungry after eating here!
Boutiquehotel Stadthalle is an excellent choice for travelers who put an emphasis on reducing their environmental footprint and want to support companies who do the same. To achieve its zero-energy balance, they only use renewable energy resources like solar and photovoltaic panels, ground water heat pumps and wind turbines. While there is an investment in doing this, we hope this becomes a trend and more hotels start doing the same.
So, if you want your hard earned dollars/euro/etc. going towards a hotel focusing on green sustainability, Boutiquehotel Stadthalle in Vienna is the place for you.
Our stay was made possible by Boutiquehotel Stadthalle. All opinions are our own.