Committed to Sustainability
At Hotel 1898, we aim to ensure the well-being of our guests and visitors, but also of our planet. Every day, we strive to contribute towards minimizing our ecological impact, promoting energy efficiency and offering services aligned with protecting the environment. Opened in 2016, the hotel is the result of a complete renovation, embracing the highest standards of sustainability, including the top-level A certification for energy efficiency, and the architectural restoration of the protected façade in Barcelona’s Eixample district.
We have received the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle certification, which highlights our commitment to sustainability, awarded by Turisme de Barcelona, the Chamber of Commerce, and Barcelona City Council. We also form part of Barcelona+Sustainable, a network of over 1,000 organizations committed to environmental, social, and economic sustainability, working together to build a responsible city for its people and the environment. This commitment is aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris Climate Accords through the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20.
H1898 also boasts the Safe Travel accreditation, the first global certification in health and safety for travel and tourism, awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council, ensuring the maximum efficiency and protection of all our guests. We have also been awarded Ecostars accreditation, a specific certification for hotels that rates an establishment’s environmental impact per overnight stay, recognized by international organizations including the World Tourism Organization and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), as well as national institutions such as the Mesa de Turismo de España,
In all our day-to-day operations, we strive to raise our guests’ awareness of the responsible use of resources, primarily water and energy.
We have implemented a water softening system that improves the quality of the hotel’s water in terms of its hardness. This boosts the efficacy of soaps and shampoos, as well as laundry detergents, thereby reducing the amount of water used. Moreover, it enhances the efficiency of disinfectants for drinking water and stops the build-up of scale in pipes and faucets, preventing corrosion that can lead to leaks. We also encourage our guests to use towels and bathrobes responsibly. In addition, we have replaced and improved the filter sands in our spa, which significantly reduces our consumption of water and disinfectant products.
We also have an air-conditioning system with more energy-efficient machines and a centralized control system for all the units. This system enables us to monitor and regulate the temperature in every part of the hotel, thereby letting us control the temperature in accordance with the guidelines of RD 14/2022.
The whole hotel is fitted with LED light fixtures that optimize the lighting and significantly reduce the consumption of electricity. Moreover, our lighting is controlled by a home automation system to optimize the levels in communal areas of the hotel depending on the time of the day.
To raise awareness of the responsible use of products and soaps, we have installed soap dispensers in the bathrooms to minimize the use of single-dose products. Moreover, taking care of the smallest details, as characterizes the experience we offer, we strive to reduce our paper consumption by making better use of Smart TVs and digitizing our processes, such as the online check-in option. We also distribute sustainable pens to reduce the use of plastic at the hotel.
In our kitchen, we aim to minimize waste and correctly separate it to facilitate its effective recycling, reuse or disposal in collaboration with the authorized waste managers and the public administration services.
At our hotel, we are committed to taking the utmost care of our facilities and the safety of our guests and employees, with a team of in-house and external technicians and maintenance experts. We conduct checks, inspections, training and simulations on a regular basis.
We promote and embrace our commitment to equality and diversity of our team, a key factor in our quality of our hospitality and the best possible customer service. In 2023, we are launching monthly information campaigns to reinforce our teams’ motivation and awareness with respect to sustainability.
Our Corporate Sustainability Report 2022 incorporates the company’s 2030 SDGs and the reduction of our carbon footprint achieved throughout the whole hotel chain between 2019 and 2022.
We believe that every step towards sustainability counts. With this in mind, we encourage all the guests of The Corner Hotel to boost their awareness of the importance of their contribution towards protecting our environment, society and planet.