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27 February 2018

Green Hotel

A rock it, sock it, true to my heart greenish hotel powered by underground river currents! Fellow adventurer Carolyn Lighty recently reminded me I have a lot of travel ahead in 2018 and founder of Green Lodging Glenn Hasek often beats me to the excellent green resorts. Glenn, see you in Corsica and now more on this unique getaway. “This past week I learned about two innovative hotel projects in Europe worth sharing about. The first one is the 150-room Iveagh Garden hotel in Dublin, Ireland. The $49 million hotel opened on February 16. Advertised as Europe’s “first sustainable hotel,” the property sources all its energy from an underground river. The river spins large turbines that generate power to meet the hotel’s energy requirements. The turbines were installed by Eurotech Renewables, and Swedish company Ochsner Warmepumpen. The hotel is the result of a renovation of a 40-year-old building that saw its entire heating, plumbing, cooling and hot water systems removed and replaced with the new natural energy system. The Iveagh Garden is the first new hotel to open in the city this year and will relieve some of the pressure on rooms in the capital; its sister hotel, the Harcourt Hotel, has been running at 98 percent occupancy. Being pretty much sold out is not a bad problem to have and it is great to have such a natural resource running below the new property”. Read more about the underground powered hotel

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