Conscious: It's your choice
Conscious Hotels strive to be as green, sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. But they're more hip than hippy. And by hip we don't mean our staff are too cool to answer the phone.
You might not even notice some of our 'green' sustainable decisions because we just quietly get on with being kind to the planet in the background. We think you're okay about that.
We offer you a few choices that might even make saving the planet fun (yes, fun, imagine that).
Eco-Sexy. Big Smiles.
The desk in your room is made out of recycled yoghurt pots, refrigerators and coffee cup holders. No, seriously. I don't mean we stuck old pots together with tape, I mean the desktop material consists of recycled plastics. Just give it a sniff.
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It started when Marco's wife had their daughter Giulia. Marco got worried about their baby's future. The planet was in pretty bad shape and business had to change. So Sam and Marco started looking for positive alternatives for the business they both knew inside out - hotels.
They dreamed a little. They thought a lot. The two of them wanted fully sustainable hotels. They wanted stylish contemporary interiors. They wanted total comfort. They wanted healthy food choices. They wanted playful touches. They wanted Holland to win the World Cup but that didn't happen.
They wanted a lot, frankly. Lots of other stuff went on that we don't have time to go into here but, eventually, Conscious was born.
Who's behind Conscious?
a) A massive faceless multinational corporation?
b) H.A.D.D.O.C.K. (Hotels Are Deadly Devices Of Criminal Knowledge) - a shadowy underground organization?
c) Just two guys called Marco and Sam with a hospitality-related dream?
Answer: c) It's always the least obvious option, isn't it?
"Consciousness will always be present, though a particular consciousness may cease. For example, the particular tactile consciousness that is present within this human body will cease when the body comes to an end. But the basic, ultimate, innermost subtle consciousness will always remain. It has no beginning, and it will have no end."
The Dalai Lama
"The Dalai Lama visited the White House and told the President he could teach him to reach a higher state of consciousness.
Then after talking to George W. Bush for a few minutes, he said, 'You know what? Let's just grab lunch."
Conscious Hotels in 10 sentences
Eco-friendly but not Eco-fundamentalist.
We are not a "wrestle you to the ground and force feed you lentils if you use an aerosol to spray mousse on your hair" kind of place.
We don't even have a single picture of a mystical dolphin or a sad-looking panda on our walls.
But, yes, all our energy comes from renewable sources.
Our Apple juice comes from apples without air miles and our beer is locally brewed (we can even show you the brewery if you can still see straight).
We do have a Eco roof attracting the Amsterdam wildlife
And yes that is a scent of strawberries you can smell and we do have tables made from recycled yoghurt pots.
And those notices around the hotel are funny even if we do say so ourselves.
And the beds will give you the best night's sleep of your life.
Because we say doing good can be done while looking good too.