Aarhus boosts no. of sustainable hotels notably as Scandic Aarhus City Hotel opens
According to VisitAarhus Convention, approximately 40 % or 393 of the inner city’s 961 hotel rooms presently are eco-certified with the Nordic Swan-label. However, by 2013 the number of eco-certified hotel rooms is expected to rise to 616 hotel rooms or 2/3 of the hotel rooms available in the inner city alone.
One of the venues boosting the local “sustainability statistics” is the new Swan-labelled Scandic Aarhus City Hotel where 97 % of the materials used in the hotel rooms are recyclable or bio-degradable and the energy-guzzling mini-bars have been replaced with one single store on the ground floor open 24-7. As with all Scandic Hotels, Aarhus City Hotel serves water only in glass carafes and lives up to the strict criteria set out in Scandic’s detailed CSR/environmental policy.
Other hotels in Aarhus with strong green profiles include the Swan-labelled Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Aarhus which offers CO2-neutral meeting packages and has its own hugely successful “Brain Food” concept. And outside this hotel you will also find can re-charging stations for electric cars, of course! Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Aarhus also just happens to be one of the city’s largest hotel and conference venues with a capacity of up to 4,200 delegates in its exhibition hall and 234 hotel rooms – and has consistently been voted the best conference hotel outside of Copenhagen in the past 5-10 years.
Hotel Guldsmeden in Guldsmedgade in Aarhus – thereof its name - is a little gem of a boutique hotel with just 27 hotel rooms and here 90 % of the breakfast served is organic, for example. Guldsmeden runs another three successful eco-certified boutique hotels in Copenhagen as well as boutique hotels abroad.
Other notable hotels in downtown Aarhus working pro-actively with implementing sustainable solutions include the City Hotel Oasia, First Hotel Atlantic and the Best Western Hotel Ritz, so watch this space for further sustainable initiatives from the central region of Denmark!