Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces has always been committed to giving back to community in which it operates and to help improve the quality of life by preserving the natural environment. The Earth Rooms at Vivanta by Taj-Connemara, Chennai is just one conscious step in this direction.
In keeping with the hotel's 'vintage cool' persona infused by the effervescent Vivanta brand of service, Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai has five Earth Rooms spread across different categories with the primary focus on making accommodation less taxing on the environment. Small but significant changes have been made that go a long way to make these rooms more eco-friendly and also help guests become more conscious about the environment.
Efficiency is the key
Starting from the beautifully-handmade natural wooden logo on the door, there is a keen sense of clever design to maximise usage with minimum wastage. The lighting, for instance, is provided by not just eco-friendly energy-efficient CFL, but the illumination is intelligently planned to cut down wastage through excessive lumen. These rooms allow a lot of natural light in, making it convenient to use artificial lighting only when necessary. The air-conditioning is set at 24 degrees, two degrees higher than the usual setting to keep the room comfortably-cool but low-enough to reduce significant amount of power consumption spent on the central air-conditioning system.
The minibar, which draws significant power for refrigeration, has been removed from these rooms, though guests can order for specific items by dialing the in-room dining services. The bath and bed linen is changed on alternate days, thereby reducing the usage of laundry chemicals. Stationery like writing pads, envelopes, etc can be brought to the room on request, to help reduce the wastage of paper.
To encourage commitment to greener environment, the hotel offers loyalists, who choose to stay at Earth Rooms, an added 15 percent Taj InnerCircle points. According to Vijay Shrikent, General Manager, Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai, "The concept of an Earth Room is to introduce environmentally-friendly measures, without compromising on in-room guest experiences and our signature hospitality. Taj is one of Asia’s largest group of hotels to commit to energy conservation and environmental management, and it is our constant endeavour to continue to build and sustain awareness amongst our discerning customers."
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