Sherwood Queenstown is the only hotel from the Pacific region that has been included in Expedia’s Top 10 Eco-friendly stays list.
The boutique self-described 'community hotel' ranked tenth on Expedia’s list, behind properties like the first placed Sandos Caracol Eco Resort (Mexico), and Nomad Hotel Roissy CDG (France) among others.
Sherwood Queenstown has 245 multi-crystalline solar panels which not only power the hotel but also return energy to the community grid on days when it produces more energy than the hotel requires. The panels also power the electric car-charging stations which are free for guests to use.
Furthermore, all the hotel and its restaurant’s organic waste is composted and returned to the kitchen garden to grow more food at its restaurant.
“Our natural environment and landscape are the reason the vast majority of people choose to live and travel here so for us it’s just common sense that we operate our business in a way that will protect and enhance it for generations to come,” said Adam Smith, co-founder and director, Sherwood.
Inside the building, the hotel’s interiors have been fitted with sustainable and recycled materials. For example, the rooms are all lined with insulating carbon-negative pressed cork panels. The floors have been laid with fresh carpet made from recycled fishing nets, furniture from recycled steel, and curtains handmade from upcycled French and German woollen army blankets.
Expedia’s top lists are made by measuring user’s sentiment and the volume of reviews from travellers that mention the terms ‘sustainability’ or ‘eco-friendly’.