Deepdale, Norfolk, England -http://www.deepdalefarm.co.uk
Located on the 2004 "most beautiful farm in Britain"
the hostel works hard on environmental issues to the extent that
it has won many awards and is partly funded by DEFRA. It runs
a huge amount of impact reducing measures including solar heating,
countryside protection, recycling projects and wind turbines
in partnership with major universities. Dorms, private rooms
- Grenau: Treehouse Hotel -http://www.treehousehotel.net
in a traditional, little village in Upper Austria, here you will
find beautiful countryside, crystal clear lakes and majestic
mountains with rafting, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, horse
back riding, and swimming.
- A modern hostel in 82 Langestraat
with a particular specialism -they run "sea classes"
in earth education, wave-breakers, tidal zones and visits to
nature reserves, all escorted by experienced marine guides.
Hostel, Sofia -http://www.art-hostel.com
- A cultural hub as well as sleeping
house around a Sofia garden and linked to Tchmalia eco village,
the long term project of the Destination Bulgaria Foundation.
The organisation is also dedicated to the visual arts and music
with regular events and exhibitions.
Sir Toby's Hostel -
Centrally located art nouveau hostel where " a stranger
is just a friend we haven't met yet"
- Danhostel Ribe (HI), Ribe
Rustic hostel located in Denmark's oldest town, close to the
Viking centre, medieval architecture and the Wadden Sea national
park. Features a raft of low impact features including energy
management, organic food, low water use toilets. Composting and
Eurohostel - the biggest
hostel in Helsinki is centrally located in a traditional Finish
- L'Orri de planès, Planès, Cambre d'Aze mountain -http://www.orrideplanes.com
Beautiful lodge and refuge offering dorms, surrounded by stunning
scenery next to a trail in the French Pyrenees. Big on ecologically
friendly policies, the lodge has large solar panels to cover
its power needs, flow reducers on the showers and only serves
organic and local food, amongst a raft of other features. 38
Hostels, Berlin -http://www.jetpak.de
2 environmentally run and extremely popular (No. 4 in the world)
hostels in downtown Berlin, family run and offering great access
to all of Berlin's attractions and nightlife. The power all comes
from renewable sources, the heating is co2 neutral, solar panels
heat the water and all waste is separated.
- Dadia Lodge and Ecotourism Centre, Evros -http://www.ecoclub.com/dadia/index.html
- Lodge located in the forest
reserve of Dadia, one of the last refuges for predatory birds
in Europe, with 36 of 38 Europe's predatory bird species. The
Lodge is built in the local architectural style, and offers 20
rooms with shower. The centre organises hiking ecotours into
- Killeany Lodge, Inis
Mór, Aran Islands, Co. Galway -http://www.aislinglodge.com
A small lodge, situated in a quiet village on the Aran Islands
and owned by a local non-profit organisation. They promote responsible
tourism and use a range of eco-practices including organic growth,
using energy responsibly and using traditional methods for renovation,
amongst other methods. 20 Beds. Not open over Winter.
- Owned by Americans Steve and
linda, this contemporary eco friendly hostel and vegetarian café.
It offers a fine sense of design, free wifi, a cozy lounge and
organic garden, but you will not find air-conditioning, televisions
and pub crawls here. Double, triple and dormitory rooms for up
to eight people.
- Amsterdam: House
Boat Hotel -self
catering privately owned accomodation on houseboats - also offer
short stay apartments.
- Preikestolhytta:Pulpit Pock, Stavanger -http://www.preikestolhytta.no
South and family hostel set in beautiful cabin
overlooking the stunning Lyse Fjord in Starvanger. A new eco
cabin is being built for opening in late 2008.
- Elephant on the Moon -the first eco hostel in Krakow concerns itself
with energy saving and recycling along with presenting a number
of specialities using the locally grown organic apples.
- Iona Hostel
-a sanctuary tucked in amongst the rocky outcrops and flower
meadows of a working croft on the Island of Iona. The hostel
enjoys views out to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles, and the distant
Black Cuillins of Skye beyond. Green tourism gold award.
- Urbany Hostel Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya -http://www.urbanyhostels.co/
One of Barcelona's newest backpacker establishments, this hostel
offers all the usual necessities and even a pool! The hostel
claims to be the first eco-friendly building in Barcelona, featuring
rainwater harvesting, recycling containers, low consumption light
bulbs and low consumption showers. 400 beds.
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- City Backpackers, Stockholm
One of Stockholm's most popular and centrally located backpackers.
All the usual features and a sauna. The hostel has an environmentally
friendly policy including recycling, renewable energy and efficient
- Kolarbyn -http://www.kolarbyn.se
itself as Sweden's most primitive hotel -stay in a forest hut
-you are provided with firewood, matches, sheepskin blanks and
primitive cooking facilities. Bring warm clothing!
- Zermatt youth hostel (HI), Zermatt -http://www.youthhostel.ch
Hostel in a car free town in the Swiss Alps overshadowed by the
imposing Matterhorn. Perfect for mountain climbers and skiers
alike. The hostel was redeveloped using sustainable practices
and also has worked to reduce consumption of water and power,
deploys environmentally friendly materials and buys environmentally
Rest of the World:
- Macleod Ecofarm,
French Island, Victoria -http://www.mcleodecofarm.com
two person bunkrooms for budget travellers, and a guesthouse
that sleeps up to thirty; some of these rooms are with beautiful
Bay views; self-catering kitchen or prepared organic meals.
Inn, New Plymouth
A unique solar, hydro
and wind powered property on the edge of Egmont National Park
offering self catering accommodation. Outstanding mountain and
rural views. Small-holding and organic vegetable garden. A great
place for a retreat, intimate holiday, or base for walks. This
enviromentally friendly property offers: lake, hot-tub, tree-house,
flying fox, farm animals, BBQ and extensive gardens. Walking
distance to mountain tracks.
inn crowd travel hub -
The inn crowd is a travel hub giving tips to people travelling
around singapore and is also an internet cafe and hostel.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado -http://www.shadowcliff.org
- An eco-friendly mountain sanctuary
and retreat run by Bridging The Gap, whose vision is to make
the Kansas City region sustainable by connecting environment,
economy and community. Accommodation is in the larger lodges
or simple cabins. Catering can be provided for larger groups,
otherwise self-catering facilities are provided. Fantastic hiking
and they run a series of sustainability workshops.
Torre Suiza, Chile-
A Backpackers Paradise in the chilean lake district.
- A small hostel for the independent
budget traveler, built as a wooden Swiss-Chalet. The Swiss owners,
Claudia & Beat Zbinden, sold all their belongings in 1993
and cycled halfway round the world before settling in Villarrica.
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