The importance of sustainability in hotel design and refits

23 / 05 / 2024

From incorporating sustainable approaches into the design of a new hotel to the eco-friendly practices of local sourcing and furniture repurposing during refurbishments, the benefits of sustainable design are undeniable. 

As the world shifts towards a more eco-conscious future, businesses, including hotels, embrace sustainability as a core value, inspiring change and setting new standards. Likewise, as the hospitality industry continues to adopt sustainable practices, hotels that meet the ethical standards of eco-conscious guests will not only thrive in terms of reputation but also financially. 

Sustainable practices can lead to significant cost savings in the long run, making them a wise investment. At the same time, those that are slow to adopt could get left behind, both in terms of sustainability and profitability. 

Here, the experts at Milkris Interiors take a closer look at the sustainable practices that can be used in hotel refurbishment and design. 

Use sustainable materials 

When selecting materials for your hotel refurbishment, consider the benefits of using wood, natural stone, linen, and wool, all of which can be sustainably sourced. Incorporating recycled materials not only ensures sustainable design but also contributes to a healthier environment.

Additionally, partnering with suppliers who share your ethical approach can further enhance the sustainability of your project. 

Repurposing and local sourcing

When it comes to the furniture you use in your hotel refurbishment, think about what you can get locally or whether you can repurpose existing furniture. Doing so can help reduce your impact on the environment. Using local sustainable suppliers will help you lower your carbon footprint and enhance sustainability at your venue. 

Equally, repurposing furniture prevents it from going to waste, which further impacts your sustainable approaches. 

Cut down on single-use plastics

Simple steps such as building in refillable soap and shampoo bottles into your hotel bathroom refurbishment can significantly reduce your use of single-use plastics. This is a relatively small change that can have a big impact. You could also look at is replacing disposable plastic water cups and bottles with glass alternatives. 

Energy conservation

Reducing the energy used to light your hotel is another area that can deliver big green returns. Energy-saving bulbs and motion sensor lights can help reduce the energy you use across the hotel. 

Consider using energy-efficient lighting in guest bedrooms and communal areas can significantly reduce energy consumption. Motion sensor lights in other areas of a hotel, such as corridors and communal restrooms, are also becoming increasingly common. 

Renewable energy sources

When designing or refurbishing your hotel, it may be possible to incorporate renewable energy sources such as solar power. Utilising solar power for even a portion of your energy needs can help your hotel be more eco-friendly.  

Planning a hotel fit out? Get in touch with Milkris Interiors

Hotels of all shapes and sizes trust us to carry out sustainable hotel fit outs in London and across the country. When you choose Milkris for your hotel refit, you can expect superb attention to detail, outstanding site management and excellent customer service. 

We consider each stage of the hotel fit out process so that only the highest quality of installation is achieved. If you are considering a hotel refurbishment in London, please get in touch to see how we can help.







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Edward Swindells,
Refurbishment Support Manager,

Milkris Interiors carried out our £2 million refurbishment to our hotel the Holiday Inn Express London Stratford which was completed early 2019. Denis and his team were thoroughly professional throughout the works. As the hotel remained open they were duly sensitive to the guests needs and completed the job with minimal disturbance. They worked speedily and efficiently completing the works on time even though we had a challenging timetable and needed to make amendments during the works. Denis was always available to discuss progress and very easy to work with. His team are highly professional and hard working. I would definitely recommend Milkris Interiors to my colleagues.

Julian Hudson,
General Manager,
Holiday Inn Express