Green Globe recently awarded the Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam its inaugural certification.
The Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam, formerly known at The Victoria Hotel, is one of the oldest and most iconic hotels in The Netherlands. The hotel has undergone a multi-million-euro refurbishment that was unveiled in September this year. In line with its sustainability management plan, FSC wood was used during renovations and interiors reflect a refreshed and sophisticated feel whilst respecting and retaining the historic architecture and long-standing charm the monumental building is reknowned for.
Originally built in 1890, the hotel was the first hotel in the country to have electric lighting. To bring the property up to date with current trends and in accordance with its sustainability goals, the latest technology is in operation including BMS that control technical areas and heating and cooling systems, high efficiency boilers and most lighting systems use LEDs and sensors.
To minimise the property’s environmental impact, housekeeping staff prefer eco-friendly cleaning products. Furthermore, guests are encouraged to participate in the linen reuse program and rather than having their rooms cleaned daily, can opt instead to earn points via the hotel’s reward program or donate money to charity.
The Park Plaza Vitoria Amsterdam participates each year in various social and environmental initiatives that benefit the community and larger global projects including Earth hour and Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. A countryside excursion to see windmills, site seeing places like Volendam and Zaanse Schans or canal rides and city tours on bike can also be arranged that highlight Dutch culture.
The hotel celebrates another first in early 2019 with the opening of Carstens Amsterdam. The new brasserie’s menus will focus on quality Dutch products and locally grown ingredients from the Veluwe region as well as the catch of the day from the North Sea.