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Macdonald Windsor Hotel achieves a top Gold Green Tourism Award

17th February 2014

Categories: News

The AA four red star Macdonald Windsor townhouse hotel has been awarded a top Gold rating in the Green Tourism Business scheme, the leading sustainable tourism certification programme in the UK validated by VisitEngland.

Businesses are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria covering a range of areas like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.

Part of Macdonald Hotels’ Signature Collection, the three year old boutique townhouse hotel was designed from the outset to be ‘green’ incorporating as many environmentally friendly initiatives as possible.

Delighted with the achievement initiatives Beverley Molmans, General Manager at Macdonald Windsor Hotel said; “We owe much to our ‘green champion’ Greg Brown who has worked with our ‘green team’ to ensure the environmental initiatives are maintained and continually developed for the benefit of our guests and future generations.”

After carrying out their audit, the Green Tourism advisor said; “This award highlights the hard work and dedication to sustainability shown within the team at the hotel. Areas such as energy and energy monitoring are very strong as is the purchasing ethos of the Macdonald brand.” 

Macdonald Windsor Hotel had the hotel group’s first four signature ‘green rooms’, named after trees in Windsor Great Park; all items in these rooms demonstrate that it is possible to be environmentally sustainable without sacrificing quality and comfort. Initiatives include natural artwork and eco-friendly low chemical paint; energy efficient irons and kettles, fair trade tea and coffee and rechargeable batteries on the safes and remote controls.

Other eco-friendly initiatives include; a rooftop herb garden; motion sensor lighting for bathrooms and corridors; locked windows to save energy wastage; installation of a cardboard compactor and water bottling on site. Future plans include the installation of an electric car charging point for guests.

These achievements reflect Macdonald Hotels & Resorts’ industry leading ‘green’ credentials, which were recognised by scooping the prestigious 2012 – 2013 AA Eco-Hotel Group of the Year award.

The three year old boutique townhouse hotel has 120 bedrooms including ten luxurious suites with views of Windsor Castle. For more details call Macdonald Windsor Hotel on 0844 879 9101 or visit; follow the hotel on Twitter @MadonaldWindsor. 

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