(SPOT.ph) Eco-conscious hotels used to be just a concept that seemed more like a fad, but with the growing and undeniable threat of climate change, more and more establishments are doing their part—as we all should. From global-chain hotels to boutique stays, these places have stepped up one way or another to be more responsible towards the environment. So the next time you want to go on a staycation, you might want to check out these hotels.
Here's a list of 10 eco-friendly hotels in the Philippines:
Makati Shangri-La Hotel
Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Rates start at P9,500
While known for its signature elegance, the Shangri-La group of hotels is also starting to get recognition for its efforts to be more eco-conscious. At Makati Shangri-La Hotel, they’ve stopped serving shark’s fin soup, a traditional Chinese delicacy that comes at too high a cost. Plus, the hotel also has a lovely herb garden on its rooftop to serve the kitchen's needs.
Azumi Boutique Hotel
2205 Market Street, Madrigal Business Park, Phase II Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Rates start at P4,200
With its stylish interiors, this boutique hotel in the South isn’t just an urban oasis, but also a design peg for other hotels that want to take their first steps towards sustainability. It doesn’t just have floor-to-ceiling windows—which allow more light to stream through the rooms—but the hotel also makes use of Ecocarat tiles, which absorb humidity and foul odors, minimizing energy consumption throughout the hotel.
Belmont Hotel Manila
Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay City
Rates start at P5,200
There aren’t a lot of hotels that can say they’re just a five-minute walk from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, and while this is enough reason for travelers to choose Belmont Hotel Manila, its efforts to be more eco-conscious should be another. Aside from bidding plastic water bottles goodbye and replacing it with glass ones, the hotel has also traded in their usual disposable slippers for customized footwear, which guests can purchase to take home.
Makati Diamond Residences
118 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
Contact: 5317-0999 and 8878-9699
Rates start at P8,800
Beautifully furnished rooms, an indoor lap pool, a private cinema—these are just some of the things that Makati Diamond Residences is known for. But you’ll also be impressed by their commitment to the reduction of plastic use. For starters, you’ll no longer find disposable water bottles in your room, as the hotel’s water filtration system allows you to drink water straight from the tap. In lieu of the usual bottled bathroom amenities, the hotel now makes use of wall-mounted dispensers, minimizing the amount of plastic that they produce.
Cocoon Boutique Hotel
61 Scout Rallos Street corner Scout Tobias Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City
Contact: 0925-7899907, 0925-7899908
Rates start at P4,900
Designed to be eco-conscious from the get-go, Cocoon Boutique hotel makes use of reclaimed materials and low-emissivity coated and insulated double glaze glass for windows and doors that help with solar control and thermal insulation. The toilets even come with a siphonic jet, a mechanism that intensifies the power of the flush without increasing the water volume.
Spaces By Eco Hotel
Creekside Building, Amorsolo Street corner V.A. Rufino Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
Contact: 8881-5318 and 8881-5319
Rates start at P1,600
Finding an affordable hotel with well-designed rooms in the central part of Makati is admittedly a tall order, but Spaces By Eco Hotel makes this happen. From reusing and recycling materials whenever possible to making toiletries available from the front desk only upon request, the hotel is able to provide their guests only the best while still doing their part for the environment. Plus, Eco Hotel has eight branches nationwide, all of which practice the same eco-friendly and sustainable methods.
1 Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay City
Rates start at P13,200
In an effort to minimize the use of plastic all throughout Hilton Manila, they have replaced their plastic water bottles with glass ones and their plastic straws with paper and metal ones. In the rooms, guests can simply turn switches on to indicate whether their beds should be made or left alone instead of the usual do-not-disturb and housekeeping signs. These practices are part of a sustainability program that the global chain has started in South East Asia, with the ultimate goal of removing small plastics from their amenities.
Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila
Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Rates start at P3,500
If you're looking for a place to stay in the South, Crimson Hotel Filinvest City is one of the popular options, especially considering its proximity to shopping centers in the area. In case you did not know, it is the only hotel in the region awarded with the Anahaw-Philippine Sustainable Tourism Certification by the Department of Tourism. Hotels with this distinction practice reducing carbon emission and consumption of resources, among other sustainability efforts.
Hive Hotel & Convention Place
8 Scout Tuason Street, South Triangle, Quezon City
Contact: 0917-581 3189, 0925-7899907, 0925-7899908
Rates start at P3,200
Running an eco-conscious hotel is not an easy feat, but Hive Hotel & Convention Place has an advantage: They built the hotel from the ground up with sustainability in mind. The structure itself is made of reclaimed materials, glass blocks are used in several areas for natural lighting, and rain and groundwater are harvested for toilet flushing, planting, and cleaning. Even their bathroom amenities are 100% organic.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Rates start at P6,600
Located right by Manila Bay, this five-star luxury hotel doesn’t just offer guests magnificent sunset views, but also helps make sure future generations can appreciate the same sunset for years to come. With Planet 21, the Accor group of hotels’ sustainable development program, Sofitel has made significant strides towards sustainability. From small things like replacing many hotel fixtures and equipment that consume too much energy to supporting livelihood programs and even holding a promo where a tree was planted for each guest who availed of a buffet at Spiral.