Starwood Hotels & Resorts has a legacy of caring for the communities in which it operates, so acting sustainable comes naturally to it. Hotel Imperial, Vienna also focuses on the environmental friendly behaviour. Together with associates and guests it is working to create a better world to experience.
Eco Quality Label
The Hotel Imperial attaches great importance to environmental protection. It carries the EcoQuality Label for Tourism.
|Viennese hotels have to deal with hundreds of tons of laundry and even more tons of waste every year. They use high amounts of cleaning agents and spend thousands of kilowatt hours of energy. The Austrian EcoQuality Label for Tourism, however, shows that tourism and environment can walk hand in hand. The environmental award is conferred upon Austrian hotels and restaurants with eco sensibility and services in line with sustainability. Since 2006 also the Luxury Collection Hotel Imperial has been carrying the eco label.|
Environmental awareness is not only a priority, it has also become a trend today. It is not surprising therefore that international media, such as the renowned BBC Newsnight, are interested in the green line of luxury hotels. Guests of deluxe hotels not only appreciate this commitment, they also support it actively. Already now travellers can decide whether having their bedding washed and changed every day or sleeping in beddings that are "only" freshly made.
Examples for environmental protection at Hotel Imperial, Vienna
- By using water-saving modules in the fittings, Hotel Imperial saves four million litres of water per year accounting for an incredible amount of 25,000 full baths.
- Heat recycling from air conditioning saves 70,000 kilowatt hours per year accounting for an annual heat consumption of some 10,000 Viennese households
- The hotel has separate waste disposals and buy eco-friendly refill packages.
- Meals are largely prepared from Austrian organic products. Dedicating himself to ecologically fair culinary products, Imperial chef Rupert Schnait offers a luxurious platform to Austrian farmers.
Ecological measures do not only benefit the environment but also the budget of the enterprises awarded with the eco label. While operating costs decrease, the service quality for guests remains unchanged or even increases. There is a high value in the cooperation of ecology and economy. We take pride in adding a better quality of life to the Austrian capital with our commitment to sustainability.
If you savour coffee at the Viennese Hotel Imperial, you can do that with a clear conscience. The Luxury Collection Hotels commit themselves to sustainability by offering Meinl organic FAIRTRADE coffee.
Not without reason the Hotel Imperial has earned itsself the Eco-Label of the City of Vienna. Intelligent air-condition and heat recovery systems are not enough though when it comes to sustainable management. Fair Trade coffee is a small but important contribution to guaranteeing fair prices for producers", adds the Imperial General Manager Klaus Christandl. Tradition is alive and - as the exquisite aroma of coffee reveals - it is cultivated with careful attention here. At the Café Imperial guests meet to savour Viennese coffee specialties. Many a great work was penned here by famous writers. Former regulars of the café include such illustrious names as Rainer-Maria Rilke, Thomas Mann, Gerhart Hauptmann, Karl Kraus, Alfred Polgar and Ilse Aichinger. FAIRTRADE coffee is also served at the Restaurant OPUS, the Bar HalleNsalon 1873 and the Café Imperial.
FAIRTRADE Quality Label
- proves that small farmers receive a fair minimum price above the world market price for their coffee harvest. Thus, they can live and work under humane conditions.
- FAIRTRADE cooperatives commit themselves to environmentally compatible and resource-saving farming methods, emphasizing the prevention of environmental burdens for nature and coffee.
- Many producers have also converted to ecological farming with organic certification. Meinl organic FAIRTRADE coffee, for instance, is made of hand-picked Arabica beans from high-lying plantations in Honduras.
Hotel experts also start from scratch - the Hotel Imperial takes good care of their apprentices and trainees.
What turns a five-star house into a first-class hotel? Stylish ambience, impeccable service, enjoyment for all senses and above all the people behind. The Viennese Hotel Imperial thus take the training of fledgling hotel experts very seriously: At the moment, 48 young apprentices learn the trades cook, restaurant expert and hotel and restaurant assistant in the two hotels. Not to forget the dedicated trainees from hotel and tourism schools. "Above all in economic depressions we want to invest in the youth and offer young people a job perspective", emphasizes Human Resources Manager Viktoria Arnold. And the company profits a lot as young people bring in fresh ideas into the team. Apprentices and trainees blend well with senior employees, who in turn enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience with the young."
The apprentices stay in "their house" for three years. After that, they are ready to go abroad in order to learn more about their job. "Those who complete their training with us can decide where they want to work", says the HR manager. "They easily get a job everywhere." That's why the limited training positions are much sought after. "We receive 600 applications for apprentice training every year, only 120 are short-listed. Most of the applicants are young men who want to become cooks. But there are 1,000 students every year as well who apply for obligatory traineeship."
High success rate
Those who manage to become an apprentice at the Hotel Imperial may look forward to first-class training and an excellent working atmosphere. The high success rate also bears testimony to this. Hardly any of the apprentices leaves prematurely.
Excellent junior staff
Some of the young experts also shine in apprentice and trade competitions such as the Young Hotelier Award event organized by the General Manager Council (GMC) to promote young talents of Viennese 5-star hotels.
Apprentice cooks, waiters and restaurant experts are offered another opportunity to distinguish themselves in the context of the Amuse Bouche trade competition. Participating top talents were allowed to show what they can in the course of the gala dinner at Hotel Imperial on the evening of the Life Ball - in the presence of celebrities such as former US President Bill Clinton.
You are interested in working for Hotel Imperial, Vienna?
Get in contact with our Human Resources department at HRVienna@luxurycollection.com