Being eco-responsible is the big buzz word, the big trend, the go-to hype as a marketing and sales tool. This, however, is not our objective. Being responsible to our environment is a philosophy that mirrors our personal convictions and is much needed in hospitality sector. As a result, the Citizen Hotel is a reflection of the way we live and think about the world around us.
In order to conserve water usage we have installed faucet and shower fixtures that are efficient without being wasteful. The toilets are also adapted to moderate the amount of water flushed.
We have a recycling system in place to sort glass, paper goods, plastic, steel and aluminum. In addition, it is our overriding goal to reduce the actual volume of waste that is generated on a daily basis. This begins with our distributors who, for example, provide deluxe bathroom amenities that we place in dispensers in each room instead of providing individual small toiletries. In our restaurant, all food deliveries are received in wooden crates instead of cardboard, which are returned to the supplier to be reused.
Although France is renowned for its excellent bottled water from traditional springs, we take into consideration the environmental impact of resources used to package and ship these goods. At the Citizen Hotel our guests will find in their rooms glass bottles of excellent still or fizzy filtered water, filled up every day.
To address our goal of saving paper, we include an iPad in each room to replace notepads, and provide introductory information and access to newspapers, weather conditions, and the internet in general.
In 2010 the building was completely stripped down to its bones and renovated. All electrical and plumbing are up to date and designed for maximum energy efficiency. The heating and cooling system involves a reversible heat pump to maintain comfortable interior temperature. Windows are double panned to reduce noise and ensure proper ventilation. All rooms are designed with an energy consumption monitor that reduces lighting when the room is unoccupied. Only halogen bulbs are used.
In our restaurant, we are proud to support local merchants and purchase organic products whenever possible. 90% of our produce is locally sourced and comes from France, and we focus on making our own jams, condiments, and breads.
At the hotel, we strive to utilize products that have no phosphates or chlorine and are ecologically sound, including using home-made and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. The bedding in each room is made with organic cotton from Max Havelaar.
Reducing our plastic usage
As much as possible, we avoid purchasing products packaged in plastic, therefore at our restaurant, we only order beverages served in deposit bottles or glass. We utilise compostable tableware and packaging made from 100% renewable resources, as well as cups made from PLA, biobased plastic which is fully biodegradable.
You Can Participate
We invite you as our guests to contribute to our environmental awareness as a lifestyle:
— let us know if your towels need replacing by leaving them on the floor
— remember to turn off the TV and lights when you leave your room
— take care to close your windows when you utilize the heating or cooling system
— remove batteries from the chargers once they are recharged
— think to turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving at the sink
— use public transportation whenever possible, especially the bicycle rentals with the closest station 50 yards from the hotel.