I used to travel a lot…. pre-kids. I pretty much lived for my holidays and getting away from work whether it be for a weekend or for longer. With a number of important family birthdays coming up I have have started to research for my travel in 2016. Even just this planning part gets me a little excited. I could happily spend hours looking at hotels online. I blame my mother and grandparents for my obsession in this. In the past I have always aimed for more luxurious trips, but now I am adding in a couple of new dimensions in …. what are the eco-credentials of the hotel and how family friendly are they?
Fifi Friendly travel is still about enjoying some luxury but also feeling like I am being environmentally aware. One of the hotels that really jumped out at me for a mini break is the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel. First off, I adore Amsterdam. I used to visit there every other weekend when Mr Fifi Friendly worked there. It is potentially one of my favourite cities in Europe. Great to relax in, great energy, great food, great shopping and love the Canals! Great all year round destination. Based on the stunning Prinsengracht, the multi-award winning Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel is located perfectly for visits to the Nine Streets for shopping, walking around the city, the Jordaan, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, The Vondelpark and Anne Franks House.
This Hyatt owned hotel was designed by local Marcel Wanders and appears to be a gorgeous mix of modern boutique style, sumptuous interiors and luxury with a nod to classic Delft design. Thumbs up so far. Then there are the important room facts. Nespresso machines in all rooms. I also heard a rumour about a complimentary wine in the library …. how very civilised! Complimentary soft drinks and snacks in the mini bar. Free Wifi! The Zenology toiletries in the room are free from nasties including parabens and mineral oils. Other points that help set this hotel apart are its 24 hour lounge, 24 hour fitness studio, the Spa and even a library that you can borrow books from…. while drinking you glass of wine.
What I love most about the hotel is its utterly amazing Green Policy. Little wonder why the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel was awarded the Green Globe Certificate (the top global certificate for sustainability). This hotel is fully aware of how it impacts the environment and also encourages its guests to be aware too. This list below will give you an indication at how seriously they take it.
- Energy consumption is audited to keep it minimised, heat and cold storage is kept under soil, energy cards for guests so energy is off when guest leaves room, installation of efficient mini bars and TVs, and even work based exhaust hoods in kitchen.
- Waste is minimised through sorting, recycling, reusing containers and choosing suppliers who co-operate with Sustainability Policy
- Use of eco certified products from paper to in room toilettries to dishwashing products
- Water consumption is reduced by offering guests the opportunity to re-use towels and also by introducing motor sensors to men’s urinals
This hotel really commits to being green. Each staff member is also trained on environmental awareness as part of Hyatt Earth Program. But the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel does not stop there, it also puts forward how we as guests can be more eco-friendly and helping them boost their sustainable development efforts. Very rarely, please read never, have I seen a hotel suggest you pack lighter for your travel, organise eco-friendly activities, consider CO2 emissions when booking your travel, contribute to local economy by buying local products and numerous other great ideas.
It is official. The Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht is reading like a very Fifi Friendly hotel!! It is one the 2016 travel list.