If you ever wondered how many plastic water bottles a typical Dubai hotel drinks through in a year get yourself along to the lobby of the TRYP by Wyndham Dubai.
As a pioneering address in the city’s hotel portfolio, it has a glassed-off display section explaining its considerable green credentials.
Among the many numbers and statistics making guests feel better about their stay is one that reveals banishing PET plastic from the 650-room Barsha Heights hotel will reduce the number of water bottles used yearly by a staggering 306,630.
This is one of the more prominent results of the LUVE (Love Your Vibrant Earth) initiative – one of the most wide-ranging of any Middle East hotel.
At the heart that is a water bottling system designed to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bottles, currently clogging oceans and landfill. The hotel bought hundreds of trendy re-useable glass bottles that it fills for guests with mains tap water, liberated of chlorine and contaminants in-house by an advanced filtration system. Using techniques including reverse osmosis and UV light, filtered water runs to a dispenser that can deliver different temperatures and even sparkling water.
“Imagine the effect if every hotel in Dubai did the same,” says hotel general manager Jo-Ella Moore. “By phasing out plastic bottled water and other green initiatives, we aim to raise the bar in terms of environmental best practice in the hospitality industry.”
Certainly this in no way lessens the enjoyment of staying at TRYP, which also claims to be the first hotel in the region to use sustainable paper towelling manufactured from 100 per cent locally recycled cardboard, including toilet and facial tissues made locally, exclusively for the hotel.
Beyond the obvious aesthetic change – the paper isn’t white – works just fine, and actually looks good against the largely black and white design of guest bathrooms. Likewise those trendy glass water bottles, that a few guests have wanted to take home.
This all sits well with the feel of the hotel, from a modern meets traditional lobby – complete with vintage-look bubble chairs – to the L!QD “luxe-bohemian” tapas-style restaurant and terrace bar with its exterior beach-chic ambience.
Guest room design is fresh and largely simple, with splashes of colour giving a millennial feel without surrendering comforts. Utilities include speedy free Wi-Fi, a safe, minibar and in-room streaming entertainment, including a wide range of TV channels.
The ergonomic modern traveller vibe runs through the building, including the gym and main restaurant Local, serving delicacies inspired by favourite comfort foods. BARBARY – Deli + Cocktail Club completes the F&B offerings.
On the second floor, you’ll also find a sensibly shaped pool with plenty of loungers. If you don’t want too much sunshine, head there after lunch when the hotel building creates the shade.
So how have other guests responded to Jo-Ella’s environmental drive?
“Many have noticed the efforts we have taken to become eco-friendly and – given the global focus on sustainability – all changes have been welcomed with open arms,” she says. “We have been able to implement the various initiatives without impacting the service we offer and have even managed to enhance it in certain areas.”
LUVE also tackles another major waste hotel issue…barely used soap bars from guest rooms. These are collected and sent to developing countries to be reprocessed and compressed into new 500g bricks, thereby creating jobs and improving living standards.
Added to that, TRYP by Wyndham Dubai bathroom amenities are made from 86 per cent organic ingredients with packaging comprising 100 per cent recyclable materials.
“For us, implementing the initiatives was an easy decision; we can have less of an impact on the environment and if we attract new guests in the process, even better,” adds Jo-Ella. “Over the next 12 months, we will be focusing on reducing waste and decreasing our carbon footprint further.”
If you need another reason to stay, the hotel is offering ’24 Hour TRYP’, whereby guests can check-in any time and check-out a full 24 hours later (instead of the industry standard 3pm until noon).
Helpful to guests with awkward flight times or residents unable to check in until later due to working hours, the deal applies to bookings until the end of September 2019.
ROOMS at TRYP by Wyndham Dubai start from AED179 per night, based on two adults sharing, arriving 4th July. Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 247 6666 – mention ’24 Hour TRYP’. For more, see www.wyndhamhotels.com