There's a big move towards sustainable travel... but does energy-saving on a hotel scale impact the comfort of the guest?
We all want that luxe hotel experience, but there's a lot of waste going on behind the scenes of the average property. When you think about it, you can do your bit by not having your sheets and towels laundered daily, but what about all of the other practices we take for granted?
The PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel in Singapore has taken a huge move towards being one of the most eco-friendly hotels in the world, operating with earth-friendly practices thanks to some very clever design.
Awarded the title of ‘World’s Leading Green City Hotel’, PARKROYAL on Pickering, demonstrates how sustainability can go hand-in-hand with luxury through innovative design.
Recently named as one of the world’s most influential tall buildings, the PARKROYAL on Pickering seamlessly pulls off a design statement as well looking favourably on the environment at exactly the same time.
The property features 15,000 square metres – double its total land area – of hanging gardens. They feature around 50 varieties of plants spread across 16 storeys, which makes the building stand out among the concrete jungle of the Singapore city. But, best of all, this skillful planting has a very important job - it harvests rainwater and solar power, using automatic sensors to regulate energy and water as well as reducing heat in the building - which means less energy consumption all round!
Staying at the PARKROYAL on Pickering is a wonderful, calming experience. The greenery incorporated everywhere you look induces a very real sense of calm. But, it's also the everyday principles and day-to-day of the staff that make this property so special.
For starters, the default room temperature is set to 22 degrees, which is lovely and refreshing after you've spent a day in the steamy Singapore city. You won't want to turn the air-conditioning off when you leave, and you don't have to. Built-in sensors automatically adjust the room temperature to reduce energy consumption while you're not in the room, so when you return, your room is comfortable, without the air-con blasting all day long.
Admittedly, a strong shower is high on my list of things I look for in a good hotel, so I was keen to see how the balance of water conservation and a comfortable experience played out at the PARKROYAL on Pickering. As the water flow rate of every shower in the hotel has been calibrated to water efficiency requirements of a Green Mark certified building, I have to say I was really pleased with the gigantic shower head, from which water flowed abundantly and easily.
There's a reason why this award-winning property is so popular with guests, as it offers such a luxury experience (there's a club lounge, drink on arrival, stunning infinity pool and of course, delicious restaurant downstairs) but with the eco-friendly mentality, which makes this hotel one of Singapore's most innovative.