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Eco-Friendly Hostels

  • Hostels are growing increasingly aware of the immediate need for conservation and changes in our gluttonous habits towards the Earth’s limited resources. As a result, there are more and eco-friendly hostels emerging around the world. Check out some of our hostels doing their bit to save the planet...

  • Mellow Eco-Hostel Barcelona- FeetUp Hostels, Barcelona, Spain

    Mellow Eco-Hostel, located around 20 minutes from Barcelona city centre by tube, is a top-notch eco hostel. In order to reduce their impact on the environment, the hostel utilises renewable energy. For example, the water used in the hostel’s showers is heated using solar panels on the roof. Other ‘green’ features at the hostel include recycling facilities, biodegradable cleaning products and low energy light bulbs.

    Book Mellow Eco-Hostel Barcelona- FeetUp Hostels

  • Aveiro Rossio Hostel, Aveiro, Portugal

    You’ll find Aveiro Rossio Hostel right in the heart of downtown Aveiro, a town on Portugal’s west coast. This hostel prides itself on being the first eco hostel in Portugal and has implemented a number of initiatives to win that distinction. For 9 months of the year, the hostel’s water is heated using solar panels. Recycling is encouraged and many pieces of furniture in the hostel’s common areas are recycled pieces bought from a local non-profit organisation.

    Book Aveiro Rossio Hostel

  • Sleepzone Connemara, Connemara (Co. Galway), Ireland

    Located deep in the heart of Ireland’s famous Connemara region in the west of Ireland, Sleepzone Connemara is one of Ireland’s most environmentally-friendly hostels. Following an environmental audit by Sustainable Energy Ireland, and as part of an environmental policy which will include Sleepzone’s other hostels in Galway City and in a part of Ireland known as The Burren, their Connemara hostel has begun installing solar panels. The hostel itself is a hunting lodge dating back to the 1800’s which overlooks The Killary (Ireland’s only fjord) and now provides private and dorm-style rooms, all ensuite. Plans are also in place to convert to the use of biomass fuels and to update water conservation methods. Each Sleepzone hostel has also incorporated compact fluorescent efficient lighting, recycling systems and more.

    Book Sleepzone Connemara

  • Hedonisia Hawaii, Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

    For those wishing to enjoy an affordable stay on the tropical island of Hawaii and do their bit to help the environment at the same time, Hedonisia Hawaii is the perfect place. Located in Pahoa on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’, rather than use new materials, the hostel was made from donated and free materials. Most of the products which are used are also recyclable and renewable products such as bamboo. But by far the most interesting feature of Hedonisia Hawaii is their eco-friendly toilet which looks out over the jungle. As Mojo, the hostel’s manager describes it, ‘it’s an eco-friendly toilet with a view!’

    Book Hedonisia Hawaii

  • Hostel One66, Singapore, Singapore

    Deep in the heart of Singapore, one of South-East Asia’s most popular cities with travellers, Hostel One66 has decorated its hostel with uniquely recycled materials. The signboard at the entrance is made from a discarded PVC door and children play mat, the lamp is an unwanted Kerosene lamp converted into an electric lamp, while the table holding their computer is a recycled sewing-machine table so you can exercise your legs while on the internet making it the healthiest way to surf the net! The local newspapers have called it "The Karung guni Hostel", ‘Karung guni’ meaning rag and bone men who pay you a small fee for your unwanted stuff.

    Book Hostel One66

  • Gyreum, Sligo, Ireland

    Direct from Middle-Earth and nestled snugly in the Irish countryside, this solar and wind powered eco-lodge is constructed from renewable resources, including sheep wool insulation and a ‘living roof’. Designed with a reverence to the natural world, the structure aligns to the dawns and dusks of the summer and winter solstices when beams of light enter into the great central hall.

    Book Gyreum

  • Grampians YHA Eco-Hostel, Grampians, Australia

    Situated in Grampians National Park, the YHA Eco Hostel is the epitome of eco-friendly living, utilizing solar hot water and state-of-the-art energy and water conservation techniques to reduce consumption to approximately 50 percent of the standard hostel. Free-range eggs are available from the resident chickens and seasonal organically grown herbs, vegetables and fruit tantalize the senses. Ideal for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike, Grampians offers its guests park tours, camping and fishing expeditions and, not for the faint of heart, rock climbing and rappelling excursions. For those who prefer serenity to adrenaline, there are wine tastings and constant views of the native wildlife meandering through the hostel’s landscaped gardens. At dusk, kangaroos congregate to eat on the hostel lawn.

    Book Grampians YHA Eco-Hostel

  • Reykjavik City Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland

    Iceland is a country steeped in natural beauty, from tremendous icecaps and explosive geysers to steaming solfataras and magnificent waterfalls. Reykjavik City Hostel, one of the capital’s top hostels, has received awards for both its responsible treatment of nature and its excellence in service and quality. Located next to one of the great geothermal swimming holes in the city, this hostel promotes energy monitoring, erosion control and extensive recycling services, while offering its pampered guests high-speed internet access, laundry service and fully equipped kitchens.

    Book Reykjavik City Hostel

  • Hostelling International, Washington DC, USA

    This hostel, just eight blocks from the White House, is one of the greenest hostels in North America and is committed to being a positive force on environmental issues. Each floor has its own recycling centre, where they promote the recycling of aluminium, glass, paper and plastic. But that’s not all…the paper used at reception is 100% recycled; compact fluorescent light bulbs are used throughout the city and the soap used in the kitchen is environmentally friendly. They even show documentaries on environmental topics once a month. If you feel the people at the White House aren’t doing their bit to help the environment but you want to help when you are in town, make sure to stay here.

    Book Hostelling International

  • Liverpool International Inn, Liverpool, England

    Housed in former a Victorian warehouse the International Inn is committed to Green Tourism and promoting eco friendly policies at every opportunity. With a choice of shared or private rooms, all with their own “green guide”, the hostel offers modern facilities combined with a tremendous character. Holding the Silver award for Green Tourism the Liverpool International Inn’s philosophy is Reduce Reuse Recycle!

    Book Liverpool International Inn

  • HI-Montréal, Montréal, Canada

    Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, this environmentally-focused hostel uses new ecological and biodegradable cleaning products and low energy-consuming light bulbs. Making various ecological alternatives available to all guests, the hostel provides information on public transportation and car-pooling, as well as reusable grocery bags and equitably and biologically produced coffee. However, their eco-conscious attitude does not stop at the hostel’s front door. HI-Montreal uses suppliers sensitive to environmental causes, ensuring their impact on the environment is minimal.

    Book HI-Montréal

  • Hostels are growing increasingly aware of the immediate need for conservation and changes in our gluttonous habits towards the Earth’s limited resources. As a result, there are more and eco-friendly hostels emerging around the world. Check out some of our hostels doing their bit to save the planet...

  • Mellow Eco-Hostel Barcelona- FeetUp Hostels, Barcelona, Spain

    Mellow Eco-Hostel, located around 20 minutes from Barcelona city centre by tube, is a top-notch eco hostel. In order to reduce their impact on the environment, the hostel utilises renewable energy. For example, the water used in the hostel’s showers is heated using solar panels on the roof. Other ‘green’ features at the hostel include recycling facilities, biodegradable cleaning products and low energy light bulbs.

    Book Mellow Eco-Hostel Barcelona- FeetUp Hostels

  • Aveiro Rossio Hostel, Aveiro, Portugal

    You’ll find Aveiro Rossio Hostel right in the heart of downtown Aveiro, a town on Portugal’s west coast. This hostel prides itself on being the first eco hostel in Portugal and has implemented a number of initiatives to win that distinction. For 9 months of the year, the hostel’s water is heated using solar panels. Recycling is encouraged and many pieces of furniture in the hostel’s common areas are recycled pieces bought from a local non-profit organisation.

    Book Aveiro Rossio Hostel

  • Sleepzone Connemara, Connemara (Co. Galway), Ireland

    Located deep in the heart of Ireland’s famous Connemara region in the west of Ireland, Sleepzone Connemara is one of Ireland’s most environmentally-friendly hostels. Following an environmental audit by Sustainable Energy Ireland, and as part of an environmental policy which will include Sleepzone’s other hostels in Galway City and in a part of Ireland known as The Burren, their Connemara hostel has begun installing solar panels. The hostel itself is a hunting lodge dating back to the 1800’s which overlooks The Killary (Ireland’s only fjord) and now provides private and dorm-style rooms, all ensuite. Plans are also in place to convert to the use of biomass fuels and to update water conservation methods. Each Sleepzone hostel has also incorporated compact fluorescent efficient lighting, recycling systems and more.

    Book Sleepzone Connemara

  • Hedonisia Hawaii, Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

    For those wishing to enjoy an affordable stay on the tropical island of Hawaii and do their bit to help the environment at the same time, Hedonisia Hawaii is the perfect place. Located in Pahoa on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’, rather than use new materials, the hostel was made from donated and free materials. Most of the products which are used are also recyclable and renewable products such as bamboo. But by far the most interesting feature of Hedonisia Hawaii is their eco-friendly toilet which looks out over the jungle. As Mojo, the hostel’s manager describes it, ‘it’s an eco-friendly toilet with a view!’

    Book Hedonisia Hawaii

  • Hostel One66, Singapore, Singapore

    Deep in the heart of Singapore, one of South-East Asia’s most popular cities with travellers, Hostel One66 has decorated its hostel with uniquely recycled materials. The signboard at the entrance is made from a discarded PVC door and children play mat, the lamp is an unwanted Kerosene lamp converted into an electric lamp, while the table holding their computer is a recycled sewing-machine table so you can exercise your legs while on the internet making it the healthiest way to surf the net! The local newspapers have called it "The Karung guni Hostel", ‘Karung guni’ meaning rag and bone men who pay you a small fee for your unwanted stuff.

    Book Hostel One66

  • Gyreum, Sligo, Ireland

    Direct from Middle-Earth and nestled snugly in the Irish countryside, this solar and wind powered eco-lodge is constructed from renewable resources, including sheep wool insulation and a ‘living roof’. Designed with a reverence to the natural world, the structure aligns to the dawns and dusks of the summer and winter solstices when beams of light enter into the great central hall.

    Book Gyreum

  • Grampians YHA Eco-Hostel, Grampians, Australia

    Situated in Grampians National Park, the YHA Eco Hostel is the epitome of eco-friendly living, utilizing solar hot water and state-of-the-art energy and water conservation techniques to reduce consumption to approximately 50 percent of the standard hostel. Free-range eggs are available from the resident chickens and seasonal organically grown herbs, vegetables and fruit tantalize the senses. Ideal for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike, Grampians offers its guests park tours, camping and fishing expeditions and, not for the faint of heart, rock climbing and rappelling excursions. For those who prefer serenity to adrenaline, there are wine tastings and constant views of the native wildlife meandering through the hostel’s landscaped gardens. At dusk, kangaroos congregate to eat on the hostel lawn.

    Book Grampians YHA Eco-Hostel

  • Reykjavik City Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland

    Iceland is a country steeped in natural beauty, from tremendous icecaps and explosive geysers to steaming solfataras and magnificent waterfalls. Reykjavik City Hostel, one of the capital’s top hostels, has received awards for both its responsible treatment of nature and its excellence in service and quality. Located next to one of the great geothermal swimming holes in the city, this hostel promotes energy monitoring, erosion control and extensive recycling services, while offering its pampered guests high-speed internet access, laundry service and fully equipped kitchens.

    Book Reykjavik City Hostel

  • Hostelling International, Washington DC, USA

    This hostel, just eight blocks from the White House, is one of the greenest hostels in North America and is committed to being a positive force on environmental issues. Each floor has its own recycling centre, where they promote the recycling of aluminium, glass, paper and plastic. But that’s not all…the paper used at reception is 100% recycled; compact fluorescent light bulbs are used throughout the city and the soap used in the kitchen is environmentally friendly. They even show documentaries on environmental topics once a month. If you feel the people at the White House aren’t doing their bit to help the environment but you want to help when you are in town, make sure to stay here.

    Book Hostelling International

  • Liverpool International Inn, Liverpool, England

    Housed in former a Victorian warehouse the International Inn is committed to Green Tourism and promoting eco friendly policies at every opportunity. With a choice of shared or private rooms, all with their own “green guide”, the hostel offers modern facilities combined with a tremendous character. Holding the Silver award for Green Tourism the Liverpool International Inn’s philosophy is Reduce Reuse Recycle!

    Book Liverpool International Inn

  • HI-Montréal, Montréal, Canada

    Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, this environmentally-focused hostel uses new ecological and biodegradable cleaning products and low energy-consuming light bulbs. Making various ecological alternatives available to all guests, the hostel provides information on public transportation and car-pooling, as well as reusable grocery bags and equitably and biologically produced coffee. However, their eco-conscious attitude does not stop at the hostel’s front door. HI-Montreal uses suppliers sensitive to environmental causes, ensuring their impact on the environment is minimal.

    Book HI-Montréal


1 Comments

  • Damian Randle Saturday, February 13th, 2010, 2:23pm

    Hello! "Eco-Friendly Hostels" . . . What do you know of in Sardinia? thanks. DR

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