The Balmoral

Eco-friendly Accommodation

The Green Tourism Awards are accolades given to restaurants, attractions and accommodation providers that have excelled in a range of sustainable benchmarks. These can include energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and community involvement.

The following Edinburgh hotels and accommodation providers have achieved Green Tourism accreditation:


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The Balmoral

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ

Green Tourism Award: Gold

Housed in a stunning Victorian building, The Balmoral offers elegant accommodations, fine dining and impeccable service. With its rich history and central location, it’s a favoured destination for travellers seeking a blend of classic charm and modern luxury.

They are continuously working to innovate and create new initiatives to protect our planet with focuses on energy, waste, water, paper and plastic. Some of which include movement sensitive lighting, recycled paper and reusable metal tags in the cloakroom, time sensitive water taps, glass bottles instead of plastic and plastic-free in-room amenities.


2.

Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club

A71, Edinburgh, Kirknewton EH27 8EB

Green Tourism Award: Gold

Known as one of Scotland’s top golf resorts, Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club offers elegant rooms, exceptional dining experiences, two 18-hole golf courses and a range of leisure facilities including a spa and fitness centre.

With an aim to become Edinburgh’s most sustainable country house hotel, they take great action to meet this goal. Measures include reducing pollution emissions and conserving the precious green space around their hotel by allowing bee nests into their golf courses, allowing animal habitats to flourish. They also expect similar environmental standards from all their suppliers and contractors.


3.

DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh International Airport, Edinburgh, EH28 8LL

Green Tourism Award: Bronze

Located adjacent to Edinburgh Airport, DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Airport is just a 30 minute drive from Edinburgh city centre. Guests can expect high quality, comfortable rooms, an indoor pool, spa, fitness centre and all-day dining at The Space.

Their green goals involve using renewable power to ensure energy efficiency and reducing water usage and waste.


Bespoke Suites, Frasers Hospitality
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Frasers Suites Edinburgh

12, 24 St Giles’ St, Edinburgh EH1 1PT

Green Tourism Award: Silver

Just steps away from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, Fraser Suites Edinburgh offers stylish and contemporary serviced apartments in the heart of the city. Housed in a beautiful 130 year old building, the accommodation includes 75 elegant and fully-serviced rooms.

They are proud owners of the Silver Green Tourism Award and have implemented a variety of sustainability measures. These include environmentally-friendly housekeeping, computerised in-room directories, the elimination of all single-use plastics and the use of eco-friendly team uniforms.


5.

Holiday Inn Edinburgh

132 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UA

Green Tourism Award: Gold

Next door to Edinburgh Zoo and on the Lothian Buses route into the city centre, Holiday Inn Edinburgh is a convenient base for a stay in the city. The hotel has a well-equipped fitness centre, an indoor pool, a spa and sauna, as well as a restaurant and lounge bar.

The hotel has developed on online environmental sustainability system to support themselves and other hotels to reduce their energy, waste, and water consumption.


6.

Holyrood Aparthotel

1 Nether Bakehouse, Edinburgh, EH8 8PE

Green Tourism Award: Silver

All of Holyrood ApartHotel’s apartments near the Royal Mile are designed to give a light, contemporary style. Accommodation ranges from studio apartments to double twin apartments that can sleep up to five visitors.

To reduce their environmental impact, they provide cleaning services only when required, thus cutting down on unnecessary power, water and linen usage.


7.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ

Green Tourism Award: Bronze

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is a luxurious and stylish hotel located on the edge of a picturesque private garden in the city’s New Town. The hotel has beautifully designed rooms and suites, along with amenities like a rooftop garden, spa and a range of dining options.

They have adopted many sustainable practises such as energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the hotel, refillable shower amenities, the removal of plastic straws in all of their restaurants and bars, as well as sourcing fresh ingredients from local farms to reduce carbon emissions.


8.

Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Murrayfield

187 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UG

Green Tourism Award: Bronze

Situated on scenic Corstorphine Hill, Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Murrayfield is a great destination for visitors who opt for a peaceful place amongst Scotland’s lively capital. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre, as well as a restaurant and bar.

Some of their energy-saving measures include routinely inspecting insulation, installing motion-activated lighting and sensors, and training employees on energy-saving techniques.


9.

Malmaison Edinburgh

1 Tower Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7BZ

Green Tourism Award: Bronze

Located on the waterfront of historic Leith, Malmaison Edinburgh is close to many of the neighbourhood’s attractions and places to eat. The nearby tram line allows quick and easy access to the city centre and beyond.

They have an annual energy and water consumption reduction target of 3%, a 70% waste recycling target and a plan of working towards using renewable energy. Additionally, they provide all team members with sustainability training and encourage environmentally friendly commutes through their transportation schemes.


10.

Old Waverley Hotel

43 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BY

Green Tourism Award: Bronze

Situated in the centre of Edinburgh, the Old Waverley Hotel is a blend of modern comfort and Victorian elegance. Within walking distance of Waverley Train Station and only a 10 minute walk from the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mile, it offers the perfect combination of comfort and convenience.

In addition to actively promoting recycling, they also endeavour to reduce waste, water and energy consumption, and constantly strive to educate themselves, their employees, customers and suppliers on environmental awareness.


11.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre

80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH

Green Tourism Award: Gold

Offering a variety of stylish rooms, including family rooms and suites, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre also have a heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and exercise equipment.

Proud owners of the Gold Green Tourism Award, they are constantly measuring and looking for ways to reduce their energy, water and waste emissions. They strive to protect the planet by replacing single-use plastic water bottles and toiletries, offering vegetarian options and use green cleaning products.


The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
12.

The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR

Green Tourism Award: Gold

The five-star Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa offers every convenience you could want. Unwind to the fullest, from their deluxe bedrooms and ultimate spa experience to their famous rooftop Hydropool.

Being owners of the Gold Green Tourism Award, Sheraton have many sustainable practises. These include water conserving fixtures in bathrooms, energy-efficient air conditioning systems, the elimination of Styrofoam packaging, rubbish monitoring and waste management, as well as sustainable food and drink options.


13.

Straven Guesthouse

3 Brunstane Road North, Edinburgh, EH15 2DL

Green Tourism Award: Gold

Located in the seaside neighbourhood of Portobello, Straven Guesthouse offer a friendly bed and breakfast service. Why not book their large sea-view room and make the most of the beautiful location.

Some of their environmentally-friendly initiatives include water-efficient techniques, recycling, ethical banking, environmentally-friendly toiletries, locally sourced food produce, fair trade food goods and participating in local charity projects.


Ten Hill Place Suite
14.

Ten Hill Place Hotel

10 Hill Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9DS

Green Tourism Award: Gold

Owned by the Royal College of Surgeons and with comfortable, stylish accommodation with modern amenities, Ten Hill Place Hotel is just a short walk away from Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile.

They have several key areas to ensure their business contributes to a kinder, greener environment. These include reducing their carbon footprint, reducing waste going to landfill, ensuring energy output is kept to a minimum, minimising emissions and consumption of raw materials and helping customers and employees live a healthier life.


Junior Suite at The Scott
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The Scott

Pollock Estate, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY

Green Tourism Award: Gold

The five-star Scott hotel retains many of its exquisite 1750s characteristics. The 36 junior suites and deluxe bedrooms combine modern elegance with the building’s historic beauty and charm.

They are dedicated to producing zero-waste and zero-carbon, promoting inclusivity, spreading environmental awareness and collaborating with neighbourhood groups to enhance the quality of life for Edinburgh residents.


16.

Village Hotel Edinburgh

140 Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2NY

Green Tourism Award: Bronze

With a Starbucks coffee shop, pub and grill, gym and pool, Village Hotel Edinburgh provides everything you need for a great stay.

They aim to educate teams and guests on sustainable practises, minimise single-use plastics and take part in local recycling programmes to reduce waste. One of their most impactful decisions was to switch to 100% renewable energy in 2023, as well as offering fully electric vehicle charging points.


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