A York hotel has been shortlisted for a national industry “green” award for the fifth year running.
The Best Western Monkbar Hotel, situated on York’s St Maurice’s road, is once again one of six establishments – and the only one representing the region – nominated for the title of the Considerate Hoteliers’ Hotel of the year.
Other competitors include the Mandarin Oriental in London’s Hyde Park, and the Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisions, in Oxford, run by world-renowned chef, Raymond Blanc.
The Yorkshire hotel, which has yet to win the title, is nearing completion of a £3 million refurbishment and expansion programme, which includes a new bedroom and conference extension built to meet – and exceed – exacting BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) sustainability specifications standards.
Over the last few years The Monkbar Hotel, which earlier this year retained the Green Business Tourism Gold Award, has spearheaded a number of sustainable initiatives, led by its in-house “Green Team”.
These include a year-on-year increase in recycling, a Waste-2-Water filtration system that converts waste food into water, installing charging points for electric cars, a focus on guest and supplier co-operation and creating a market garden in the hotel’s enclosed courtyard.
Monkbar Hotel General Manager Graham Usher said: “It’s fantastic news to be shortlisted for this award again, and our fingers are firmly crossed.
“Making the shortlist alone is an incredible honour, and we are ever hopeful that one day will wear the Considerate Hoteliers’ Hotel of the Year crown.
“We are delighted with our nomination, particularly as we have had so much work going on for the last 12 months.
“However, we have gone to great lengths to ensure that the environment is at the fore of all our plans, in particular the construction of the new bedrooms and functions suite.”
The winner of the award and other will be announced at a ceremony in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park, London, on Friday 3 July.