Solar Hotel is a two-star budget hotel in Paris (France) with full focus on being sustainable and inclusive
Since 2009, Solar Hotel has assessed its carbon footprint and worked towards obtaining a green certification. The hotel is a member of the ATD network (French activists for sustainable tourism) and has earned numerous awards for its environmental and social practices.
The many sustainability activities of Solar Hotel include:
Hallways, lounges and rooms are all exclusively lit by LED or fluorescent compact bulbs
Purchase of 100% renewable energy
Collection of rainwater to water plants, the garden and to wash the sidewalk
No unnecessary individual packaging for the breakfast and in the bathrooms
Eco-labelled soap and shampoo are available in dispensers
The breakfast served is 100% organic and with 90% of the products produced in France
Food leftovers from breakfast is reused in the mechanical composter in the garden
The second-hand furniture in the guest rooms is regularly renovated and repaired
Bicycles are available to hotel guests
Hotel management students regularly visit the hotel to increase awareness of environmental issues
The hotel supports and promotes environmental NGOs, e.g. by hosting and organising meetings and conferences
Franck Laval, owner of Solar Hotel says:
“We have for several reasons, chosen to be the first green, affordable and activist hotel: Firstly, to prove that ecology means investing, not spending; secondly, to prove that sustainable development is not exclusively reserved to those who have access to extensive information; and thirdly, to spread the word to thousands of independent hotel managers”.