Innovative thinking about a hotel product

At least one Vancouver B.C. hotel has implemented an innovative lodging product. While most major hotels now offer the option of a guest choosing to not have sheets and towels changed every day the Lonsdale Quay Hotel at the SeaBus terminal in North Vancouver has implemented a room rate which gives the guest a big saving on their room rate if they choose not to have daily housekeeping service.

Under the hotel’s Eco Discount Package, the hotel offers “We’ll have fresh sheets ready for you, and clean them when you leave. No Housekeeping Service during your stay…great savings for you and the planet!” The package is for a 3 night minimum stay but the savings are quite awesome. For example, for five days at the end of October the Eco Discount Package rate is $85 per room per night compared to a rack rate of $200 and a super saver rate of $110.

Locking in the ‘no housekeeping’ obviously saves the hotel a chunk of money but passing those savings on to the client is something that not only helps to save water and energy involved in laundry but also helps to make the hotel more competitive for lower budget travellers. It is an example of the kind of ‘beyond the box thinking’ that GallonDaily encourages as an example of environment and the economy working hand in hand. Obviously the Eco Discount Package rate is offered only when the hotel is not fully or nearly fully booked at other rates. Even so, GallonDaily highly commends the initiative and recommends the hotel which is only a 12 minute SeaBus ride away from the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Unlike some supposed ecoefficiency initiatives in hotels where  housekeepers do things like change towels daily even when the guest requests that they not be changed, the Lonsdale Quay’s Eco Discount package actually seems to work. GallonDaily’s editor recently stayed at the hotel and effectively received no housekeeping during the four nights of his stay.

If you, or some business that you know, is offering a unique product or service that benefits both the economy and the environment please let us know by sending an email describing the product or service to editor@gallonletter.ca . Please include your name and phone number as we may wish to talk to your about your nomination. We will publish information about some of the products and services nominated.

Information about the Lonsdale Quay Hotel may be found at lonsdalequayhotel.com

This is a GallonDaily original article.

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