Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tree In Lodge Singapore’s first environmentally-friendly hostel

Tree In Lodge, Singapore’s first environmentally-friendly hostel located at Tan Quee Lan Street in Bugis, offers green hostel experience such as filtered water to fill up guest's water bottles as an alternative to buying bottled
water and a station where guests can give away or exchange unwanted items. The hostel, which has opened more than a year ago, has hosted more than 2,500 guests. It costs around 27-29 SGD (21-23 USD) to stay in one of the dorms but globetrotting cyclists passing through Singapore are entitled to 50% off the rates for each night’s stay (owners are cyclists themselves).

“I’ve been backpacking for quite a long time, and there are not many places that try to educate their guests like this place does. To find people that are this passionate is really rewarding to the guests as well.” says Canadian travel writer Ian Ord.  
“There are a lot of signs and exhibits on what you can do to save energy and water, and what you can recycle. Just walking around the hostel and seeing those little things, it just raises awareness,” said Mr Marco Eder, a guest from Germany.
Source : A green hostel stay
Tree In Lodge Common Area - Source : Tree in Lodge

The hostel is in the center of Singapore city; within 3 minutes walk to Bugis MRT Station (so you can reach the hostel from Changi Airport via MRT train). Tree In Lodge has recently won TripAdvisor's prestigious "2012 Certificate of Excellence" by travellers consistently commend the hostel with the highest praise and give on average 4.5 rating. This is important because according to TripAdvisor, only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

Tree In Lodge's co-onwer Tan Swee Kian, said: "Rather than building a new building out of featuring a lot of green features, we use an old building, fit it in with some facilities for going green and build in practices to make it a habit. I think it's more important because this goes back to the basics." An avid traveller himself, Mr Tan said he drew inspiration from cities in Europe, Japan and Taiwan that are known for their green lifestyles.

Providing filtered water for guests to fill up their own bottles as an alternative to buying bottled water and setting up stations for guests to give away or exchange unwanted items are among the many green practices they embraced in the hostel. To reduce its carbon footprint, the hostel's interior decoration is kept to a minimum.
Source : Green backpackers hostel provides eco-friendly accommodation for tourists

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