Solar Hotel - a green, affordable and activist hotel

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”.


First Green Key awarded hotel in Ethiopia

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa is the first Green Key awarded establishment in Ethiopia, raising the number of participating countries to 58!

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Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa is centrally located within Ethiopia’s capital city—adjacent to the United Nations Compound and 6 kilometers from Bole International Airport. The hotel is also a short distance from the city’s main points of interest, such as the Imperial Palace, Meskel Square and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

The hotel has many great social and environmental initiatives such as donating unused linen and clothes to an orphanage, supporting a retirement home and engaging guests in tree planting activities. Furthermore, over 95% of the food and beverages in the hotel are locally sourced.

Learn more about the hotel here

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