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Staying in a hotel offers a full range of comforts and ameneties and the myriad different options on offer these days means that a hotel rarely equates to a huge, identikit block, cramming the maximum guests in whilst offering nothing but a bed and the minimum of character and welcome. We feature a huge range of hotels of all shapes and sizes, from bustling urban boutique properties to charming, traditional hotels in stunning countryside locations (see below) - all of which do their part to minimise the environmental impact of tourism.

As a mainstay of tourist accommodation the world over, there has been much done in the hotel sector to go green: find out about pioneering urban eco-hotels in greentraveller founder Richard Hammond's blog post, and find out which properties made the Green Travel List, both environmentally friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland and green hotels across the rest of Europe and the world.

Find out how to get to hotels across Europe and beyond using our Journey Planner, and check out a great selection of eco-friendly hotels that you can reach by train and ferry below - from spa hotels in the Lake District and on the Cornish Coast to luxury hotels in the Irish countryside and seclusion in the mountains of Northern Spain.

Hot and sunny Ibiza with clear, bright blue sky

Agroturismo Can Marti, Ibiza, Spain

A beautiful, authentic and organic farmhouse in a quiet and idyllic spot in the unspoilt north of the island. The renovated house offers very comfortable and originally decorated apartments with garden access.
From 150€

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Connemara, Ireland

Ballynahinch Castle is a deluxe four star hotel located on a 450 acre estate with an award winning restaurant, private salmon fishery and miles of scenic walks. Friendly, elegant, but not fussy.
40 Bedrooms including 3 Suites. Mix of double & twins

Low Season from €140 per room per night. High Season from €190 per room per night. Both rates bed & breakfast.

Classic room

Laticastelli Country Relais, Italy

Having been transformed from a 13th Century fortress, this fantastic Country Relais offers a truly traditional Italian experience within the wonderful Siena countryside.
28: 1 suite, 27 doubles

From €95

Hot and sunny Ibiza with clear, bright blue sky

Agroturismo Can Marti, Ibiza, Spain

A beautiful, authentic and organic farmhouse in a quiet and idyllic spot in the unspoilt north of the island. The renovated house offers very comfortable and originally decorated apartments with garden access.
2 suites and 3 doubles

From 150€

The Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough

Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough, England

Luxury, four-star hotel on the Yorkshire coast overlooking South Bay beach, with large bedrooms, a health club with swimming pool, hot tub and restaurant. Winner of the Sustainable Tourism Award in the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence.
116: 6 singles, 60 doubles, 49 twins

2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251

The grand Llansantffraed Court Hotel in Wales

Llansantffraed Court Hotel, Monmouthshire, Wales

A stunning Grade 2 listed country house, with plenty of history to explore, beautifully situated in the Usk Valley near to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Nestled amidst the serene landscaped countryside, complete with ornamental trout lake.
21 en suite bedrooms

from £177 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast

Exterior of Lasswade surrounded by nature

Lasswade Country House & Restaurant, Powys, Wales

A warm and homely four star b&b hotel with fabulous views of the Cambrian Mountains, Epynt Hills and Brecon Beacons. Breathe in the lovely clean air, enjoy the peace and quiet and taste the delicious award winning sustainable food.
8: 5 double, 2 twin, 1 single

From £70

The Hotel is surrounded by rolling mature parkland and gardens

Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland

Set within the gentle beauty of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, this five star Leading Hotel of the World is home to three championship golf courses, a sparkling, award-winning spa and an exhilarating array of outdoor activities.
232 bedrooms, including 26 suites

Prices start from from £335 (1st May-30th September 2013), from £285 (October 2013 & April 2014), from £235 (1st Nov 2013 - 31st March 2014), based on two people sharing a Classic room, other room rates are avaialable on request.

The Front aspect of the house

Pendragon Country House, Cornwall, England

A former rectory, now an elegant, yet informal 5-star award-winning luxury guest house, where all rooms are individually decorated and furnished with antiques and rich fabrics. Meals include locally sourced food, for a true taste of Cornwall.
7: 3 King Rooms, 2 Twin/Doubles, 1 Double, 1 Single

from £505

Boutique hotel Strattons Norfolk luxury hotels

Strattons Hotel, Swaffham, Norfolk, England

Bohemian 14-room country hotel in the market town of Swaffham. It's a Grade II-listed Queen Anne villa with canopied four-poster beds, open fires, stripped wooden floorboards and an award-winning restaurant serving mostly seasonal, organic food.
14: 7 doubles/twin, 5 suites, 2 self catering eco lodges

Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles from £133

The Scarlet's striking exterior

The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall, England

A gorgeous hotel built to the highest eco standards, overlooking the sea on the Cornish coast. Be pampered in the luxurious Ayurvedic spa, sample delicious locally sourced food or take some time out to reflect and enjoy the views.
37 Sea View Rooms: doubles/twins

Prices from £240

Primrose Valley Main Dining Room

Primrose Valley Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall

Stylish and modern hotel, built to an eco spec, overlooking the glorious Porthminster Beach. After a day on the beach or exploring St Ives, relax back at the hotel's spa and in the comfort of the individually designed bedrooms.
7 doubles/twins, 1 suite

rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235

The Channel Guest House, on Weymouth's beautiful Esplanade

The Channel Guest House, Dorset, England

A terrific bed and breakfast, based on fresh local produce, in warm and comfortable surroundings described by many previous guests as a 'home from home'. Situated on Weymouth seafront directly opposite the award winning central beach.
11: 4 Double, 1 large double, 1 twin, 3 family 2 single

Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55

The clean and beautiful exterior of The Green House

The Green House, Bournemouth, England

A luxury boutique hotel with excellent food in sunny, sandy Bournemouth, minutes from the sea front. It's described as "one of the greenest hotel in the world" so expect eco-cred. Comfy eco beds and solar power are just some of the light touches.
32: 5 Master Dbls 6 Large Dbls 16 Dbls 5 Small Dbls

prices from £50

Lancrigg Hotel amongst the overwhelming hills

Lancrigg Vegetarian Hotel, Cumbria

In the heart of the Lake District mountains, Lancrigg is a gorgeous, romantic retreat to unwind and restore body and soul. It has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and has over 30 years of experience serving excellent vegetarian food.
12: including kingsize, twin/double rooms & ensuite doubles

Fri- Sat 1 night stay: B&B £55- £85 per person, B&B + Dinner £79-£110 per person. Any 3 Nights Sun-Fri: Dinner + B&B- from £64-£99 per person per night depending on room.

La Rosa Whitby

La Rosa Hotel, Whitby, North Yorkshire

A beautiful Victorian building furnished with vintage and antique finds from auctions and flea markets and with amazing views out to sea. 5 East Terrace is 'blue plaqued' as the place where Lewis Carroll stayed during his many visits to Whitby.
11 doubles

Small double £80 per night. Double £100 per night. Large double £120 per night. Apartment (sleeps 6) £250 per night.

Stanwell House Hotel, New Forest, UK

The modern garden rooms look out over the lush terrace and, if you explore the oldest parts of the hotel, you’ll find the Georgian rooms, tastefully styled to complement the hotel's rich heritage.

Holiday Inn Brighton-Seafront, Brighton, England

Conveniently located on the beach road, Brighton's 131-room Holiday Inn has spacious sea-facing bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms with lovely smellies.
Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant in Hexham Northumberland

Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant, Northumberland

Relax by the cosy fireplace in winter and in the secret walled garden in summer at this family-run inn deep in Hadrian's Wall and Border Country. Tuck into locally sourced seasonal food and explore the surrounding castles and Roman ruins.
17: 1 superior double, 1 single, 4 twin, 3 family, 8 double

From £95 B&B

Lagos Mare, Naxos, Greece

This lovely hotel is set just four minutes from the beach – enjoy a quick, quiet dip before a breakfast of local Naxos goodies. Spacious rooms with plenty of little luxuries and fabulous pool and bar.
Mixture of doubles, suites and family rooms

From €80

Aberratio Boutique Hotel, Aristi, Greece

Just off the buzzing village square in Aristi, this 12-bedroomed boutique hotel is housed in a traditional building with plenty of contemporary flourishes, with beautiful grounds, bistro serving Zagori specialities and mountain and forest views.
12 doubles, twins, and suites

Doubles from €75

Modern glass-fronted exterior of Hotel Novotel, Lyon

Hotel Novotel Part-Dieu, Lyon, France

This well-priced 124-room hotel is conveniently located just minutes from the station and within easy reach of Lyon's attractions. It is committed to a programme of sustainable development including reducing energy use and water consumption.
124 rooms

Doubles from €100

Domaine St Clair, Normandy, France

This lovely hotel has it all: individually styled rooms, a restaurant serving great local cuisine, and views that look out through trees to the sparkling sea beyond. Beautiful Etretat is worth exploring for the old markets and fascinating buildings.
15 doubles

From €120 per night

King Arthur Hotel, Gower, Wales

The location of the King Arthur, in chilled-out Reynoldston with the moorland and the sea both a walk away, makes it a wonderful choice for a relaxed weekend away.
18 doubles.

Doubles from £90

Magda’s Apartment Hotel, Parga, Greece

A fine alternative to touristy central Parga. This is a return to the Greece of old: there’s traditional décor in spotless rooms and a warm welcome from the owners, a local family. It also offers a tranquil garden with a sea view, pool and jacuzzi.
40 doubles, 2 villas

Doubles from €50

Spears Cross, Exmoor, UK

As romantic boltholes go, Spears Cross takes some beating: a 15th-century cottage in the medieval village of Dunster, nestled below its imperious castle – an arrival on the steam-powered West Somerset Railway is the icing on the cake.
4 en-suite bedrooms.

Doubles from £93 B&B (minimum two-night stay).

The inviting Bristol apartment in the heart of the city

Premier Suites, Bristol, South West England

Contemporary and stylish one and two bedroom Bristol serviced apartments in the heart of the Redcliffe area of the city. Enjoy Bristol city centre with the award winning Cabot Circus shopping and leisure centre, Broadmead and SS Great Britain.
65 Apartments, 46 with one bedroom and 19 with two bedrooms

from £89

Dowfold House exterior

Dowfold House B&B, County Durham, England

Let yourself (and your dog) be pampered at this elegent, homely Victorian B&B. Enjoy award winning breakfasts as well as fabulous walking and cycling routes.
3: 2 doubles, 1 family

£98

Hotel Restaurante La Fragua, Las Alpujarras, Spain

Perched on a mountain slope in the highest village in Las Alpujarras, the two La Fragua hotels offer a choice of rustic charm or modern comforts, as well as spectacular views. The restaurant's colourful dishes celebrate the region's Moorish roots.
14 rooms

Doubles from €50 (breakfast €5)

Waterhead Hotel, Lake District, UK

Combining 'traditional Lakeland elegance' with a wonderful natural setting, this is equally well suited to romantic weekends and fun-filled activity weeks.
41 bedrooms, en-suite

From £142 per night

Pirrion Hotel Sweet Hospitality, Ano Pedina, Greece

Located in the traditional village of Ano Pedina, this family-run resort has ten cozy rooms, each one with its own unique character and style named after local stewed fruits. The beautiful Voidomatis River, great for swimming, is 12km away.
10 doubles

Doubles from €69

Pedn Olva, Cornwall, England

Jutting out on a peninsula in colourful St Ives is this great hotel. Cabin rooms face seaward, the restaurant serves up a seasonal menu and there's plenty of car-free activities. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below.
29 rooms: a mixture of doubles, twins and suites

From £73 per night

Brudenell Hotel, Suffolk, England

Sat right on Aldeburgh’s shingle beachfront, the Brudenell Hotel offers 44 stylish bedrooms with panoramic views of the sea or the tranquil River Ade and surrounding countryside. Lovely terrace for morning coffee and delicious fish at the restaurant.
44 doubles, twins, suites and family rooms

Contact hotel for details

Harrabeer Country House, Dartmoor, England

Tucked away down a narrow lane in the village of Yelverton, Harrabeer Country House offers comfortable, friendly accommodation in the western moor. Five welcoming bedrooms are accompanied by a guest sitting room and a sock, fire-warmed bar.
5 B&B Rooms; 2 Self-Catering Apartments

Suite Room £95, £145 with meal. Master Room £85, £135 with meal. Standard room £75, £135 with meal (all prices for couples).

Market Cross Guest House, Northumberland, England

Plumb in pretty Belford, this Georgian B&B takes dining as seriously as it does sleeping. Four rooms are bright and contemporary, breakfasts are award-winning (plenty of fish from the coast) and the walking and cycling are fantastic.
4 rooms: 3 doubles, 1 twin

Doubles from £80

Exterior view of Gwesty Ty Newydd

Gwesty Ty Newydd, Aberdaron, Wales

Located on the magnificent sandy beach of Aberdaron, this contemporary hotel has a terrace that looks over the ocean with sunning views of nearby islands. Enjoy freshly caught seafood and scrumptious homemade cakes or stroll along the gorgeous coast.
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From £110 per night based on 2 people sharing

The Traddock gardens and house from the lower lawn

The Traddock, Yorkshire Dales, England

A country house hotel surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Offering warm welcoming hospitality in a relaxed, homely country house with superb facilites and luxury double rooms.
10 Doubles (2 can be twins) 1 Single and 1 Family Room

Doubles with Showers £110 B&B, Doubles with Bath £120 B&B, Luxury doubles £145 B&B and our Single £95 B&B

Ariel view of Mas Salagros Ecoresort

Mas Salagros Ecoresort, Costa Barcelona, Spain

Just 20km outside Barcelona, this eco-resort is Spain's first certified Bio Hotel. Centred around Roman-style baths, Mas Salagros offers hiking, cycling and classes including yoga and pranayama, as well as three stunning restaurants and bars.
60 rooms

Prices vary - check website for details

Makares Apartments, Donousa, Small Cyclades, Greece

A higgledy piggledy complex of apartments and studios just above Donousa's tiny port. Rooms are cool and contemporary, all with views from the terraces. Plenty to do on this lovely island, and charming Loukas will take you on boat trips.
Apartments and studios for 2-5

From €60 for 2

Mercure Maidstone, Kent, UK

A contemporary, 4*Mercure hotel which boasts some 26 acres of private grounds with 126 guest rooms, all of which have internet access.
126 guest rooms

From £67

Double room in Art'Otel

Art'Otel, Cologne, Germany

A vibrant, sleek hotel with a modern 'bright and white' look to really showcase the beautiful artwork of Korean-born artist SEO that decorates the walls of every room. it’s also one of the city’s greener hotels with methods to save water and energy.
218 rooms

Doubles from €79.20

Lancaster London Hotel

Lancaster London, London, England

Overlooking Hyde Park, this 416-room, four-star hotel gets a lot of repeat guests thanks to high standards of service and dramatic views. Their environmental efforts are impressive - in particular housing half a million honey bees on the roof!
416 rooms

From £179.10 for a double room

Hotel de Mecina Fondales, Las Alpujarras, Spain

Vibrant, welcoming and full of bright flowers, this charming hotel is full of character and run by a father-and-son team - both called Victor. Delicious local food on the terrace, fantastic views and ample opportunities for hiking and activities.
21 rooms

Singles/doubles €60/€88

Apex Hotel London Wall

Apex Hotel London Wall, London, England

This four-star hotel has become a favourite among both green-minded tourists and business guests, with brightly furnished bedrooms and a restaurant serving locally-sourced fresh produce, a heat recovery system and energy-saving appliances.
89 rooms

From £185.15 for a double room

Exterior of Radisson Blu Lyon

Radisson Blu Lyon, Lyon, France

'The tallest hotel in Europe', this is the place to stay if you want amazing panoramic views from the top nine floors of Lyon's tallest building. Behind the spectacle and luxury there is also an impressive commitment to the environment.
245 rooms

Doubles from €159

Ashford International Hotel, Kent, UK

This luxury city hotel offers up some 179 comfortable rooms, only a short distance from Kent city centre. For a little pampering you can head down to the hotel's spa, where you'll find six treatment rooms, a rock sauna and an aromatic steam room.
179 bedrooms
Large bedroom at this Grasmere Hotel, Lake District

Moss Grove Organic, Lake District

A smart, funky hotel in the heart of the Lake District with excellent food and strong environmental ethos. All 11 rooms have spa baths, under floor heating, flat screen Tvs, Bose sytems, free internet access, and large comfortable beds. Impressive.
11 Rooms, 6 Executive doubles, 4 Superior doubles, 1 Suite

Prices start at £62.50 per person

Exterior of the Nottingham Premier Suites

Premier Suites Nottingham, England

Stylish apartments providing excellent value for money in central Nottingham. Ideal for business or exploring the city. It's the perfect alternative to a traditional hotel stay for both corporate and leisure travellers.
52 apartments: 33 - 1 bed, 15 - 2 bed and 4 penthouses

One bedroom apartment from £65.00 pernight, 2 bedroom apartment from £85.00 per night

Exterior of Aloft Brussels Schuman

Aloft Brussels Schuman, Brussels, Belgium

Just minutes from the city centre, this modern hotel is aimed at a younger, socially connected, urban audience, with free wifi, a lively bar and a gym. It’s also Green Key certified, with electricity supplied from renewable sources.
147 rooms

From 189 euros for a double room

Mercure Brighton Seafront, Brighton, England

This four-starred, 117-room grand Victorian landmark is right on the seafront, close to The Lanes with all its shops, cinemas and theatres.
Hotel Best Western Le Dauphin, and ferry journey Caen, Normandy, France

Ferry & Hotel Best Western Le Dauphin, Normandy, France

Enjoy a break by ferry in historic Caen, Normandy, staying in this lovely refurbished priory with its luxurious spa.
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Brittany Ferries Special offer: £107 per person per night including return ferry crossing

Latest reviewed accommodation

""The Rumblie is an ideal destination for individuals or small groups who enjoy exploring loch and forest terrain on foot, wheel or hoof, who want to unwind from busy lives in a great deal of comfort, and for those interested in learning about the local area.""

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"Passionate about getting it right, Nigel and Sharon are consummate hosts. Their food is top notch, their location superb. If North Cornwall's your thing but you'd like to get away from the crowds in Padstow, Rock and Newquay, Pendragon's a pretty good place to base yourself for a few days. And with food this good, you may never even get out the front door."

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