Ambassade Hotel Wins Top Netherlands Award

Ambassade Hotel Wins Top Netherlands Award
August 19, 2020 Bradley Cox

The Ambassade Hotel is comprised of ten 17th century canal-side mansions that are part of the famous Canal Belt in Amsterdam, a UNESCO World heritage site.

Green Globe recently recertified the Ambassade Hotel for the fourth year in a row.

Green Operations and Management

The hotel’s sustainability strategy includes monthly monitoring of electricity and water consumption. Electricity, gas and water usage decreased in 2019 as compared to 2018. A special preventative maintenance program (FATYMA) is in place to keep running costs and repairs to a minimum. There are no CO2 emissions as the property runs on green electricity and gas.

The Ambassade Hotel has a comprehensive waste management plan. Located right on the famous canal systems means that an even greater responsibility is taken to manage black and grey wastewater. The hotel complies with Dutch standards and last year, the containers used for collecting waste cooking oil were emptied, cleaned and checked more frequently in response to the increased activity in the kitchen. This ensured no fat or other waste entered wastewater systems.

9 Streets Area Project

Ambassade Hotel is currently working on the 9 Streets Area Project run by the Municipality of Amsterdam to better manage waste in the City. One of the aims of the project is to reduce waste from 6.321 tonnes to 1.770 tonnes per year and increase separation percentages from 12% to 75% within 5 years. It is hoped the quality of raw, recycled material will improve with these communal actions.

Tripadvisor Win

This month in August, the hotel won Tripadvisor’s Number 1 Hotel of the Netherlands 2020 award. The hotel has remained open during the Covid-19 period and their restaurant, Brasserie Ambassade, launched a take-out and e-bike delivery service that proved popular amongst city dwellers. Koan Float, the wellness and massage centre and the Library Bar also reopened in June.

Book Lovers

The Ambassade Hotel, widely renowned as a writer’s hotel, has over 5000 books all signed by authors during their stay stocked within the Library Bar. This year the hotel started a campaign to support book shops during these difficult times by offering them a free book package. Furthermore, there are plans in Autumn to open its own book shop in the ‘De Negen Straatjes’ shopping area called Samsara Books & Art, named after the hotel’s publishing house and in homage to their support of CoBrA art that adorns the property.

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