Located in the heart of the city, The InterContinental Bucharest is the only Green Globe certified property in Romania. Last month the hotel was awarded Gold status marking five years of consecutive certification.
One of the most well known hotels in the country, the five-star InterContinental Bucharest first opened in 1971. The hotel continues to play a major role in the local tourism industry.
Responsible practices extend to the property’s restaurants and kitchens, which must meet the challenge of keeping pace with current food trends worldwide whilst fostering local producers. The Corso Brasserie’s breakfast buffet caters for all dietary preferences from sugar free to gluten free products and guests can choose between soymilk, and 3.5% or 1.5% fat dairy milk. For the lunch buffet there is also a wide range of meals, including vegan and vegetarian buffet or a la carte options. To promote regional foods, the breakfast buffet features its own locally made Romanian Corner while drinks, both wines and spirits, are primarily produced in Romania.
InterContinental Bucharest supports various wide-ranging social activities and staff members work together with several local charitable organizations. The hotel was awarded a prize for one program initiated with Casa Ioana, a soup kitchen for homeless people. In addition, the hotel supports the Marie Curie Children’s Hospital and the Hospice Casa Sperantei, an organization dedicated to assisting adults and children with incurable diseases. Each year, the hotel sponsors the Bucharest Marathon and a changing art exhibition of paintings by young artists is displayed in the lobby area to spotlight local talent.
Effective resource management is an ongoing challenge, new equipment such as chillers and boilers have been installed to reduce energy consumption and costs. The majority of lighting throughout the property is now LED or energy saving bulbs with the percentage of LED lamps in rooms currently at 75% and 50% in public spaces. The hotel’s target is to achieve 100% LED by 2020.
Waste reduction is on track with general and recyclable waste targets set for the coming year. Two companies manage recyclable waste, Stirom collects and recycles glass bottles and Ecorec handles other recyclable items. Furthermore, the hotel has successfully eliminated all plastic laundry bags and uses cloth bags instead for collection.