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Eco Stars: 4 star
Stars: 4 star
Location: Oceania
Country: Australia

Alto Hotel on Bourke

Alto Hotel on Bourke is Melbourne’s multi award winning eco-friendly boutique Apartment Hotel and is one of the few “Green Star” and Green Globe accredited, environmentally friendly hotels in the city. All rooms are non smoking. A Smoking area is available though.

Located in Melbourne’s CBD within a 2 minute walk of the airport shuttle bus terminal, DFO shopping, tram and train. Easy walk to Convention & Exhibition Centre, Casino, Observation Deck, Docklands, Bourke Street Mall, Aquarium, shops and restaurants.

The décor is stylish, modern and elegant, all bathrooms and kitchens are set out in granite and stainless steel, and the bedrooms and lounge rooms are decorated in rich, modern colours.

The hotel is high on technology; all rooms are wired for cable and wireless broadband and have 2 telephones, including voice mail. All rooms have LCD TV’s, the 1 & 2 bedroom apartments also have a DVD and a second LCD TV in the main bedroom.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★ (4)

Awards and Accreditations
• Environmentally Friendly rating (AAA Tourism) • Green Globe - Earth Check Certified - Silver • Grow me the money (Victorian state-wide sustainability program) – Platinum member • Waste Wise Hotel - Sustainability Victoria • Winner 2009 & Finalist 2008 Victorian Tourism Awards – Sustainable Tourism • Finalist 2009 & 2008 - Premier’s Sustainability Award • Winner 2009, 2008 & Commendation 2007 – Sustainable Tourism, HMAA Awards for Excellence • Winner 2006 – Community Responsibility, Environment, Business 3000 • Australia’s first carbon neutral city based hotel

Energy Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
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Ranked by Green Globe as using the least energy, per guest of any hotel in Melbourne.
• Rooms have energy saving key-card switch that turns off lighting and A/C on leaving the rooms.
• 95% of all lighting use energy efficient globes of no more than 15 watts per globe.
• 35 watt bedside lights replaced with 3.8 watt LED globe providing energy saving in excess of 89%.
• We purchase only Green Earth Electricity from Origin Electricity, ensuring minimal green house gas emissions, and save in the order of 22 tons of emissions per month.
• Air-conditioner plant uses inverter technology which is rated as 6 star energy consumption.
• The in room air-conditioning units use "movement sensor technology" which senses if the room is occupied, and there is no movement, it switches itself off.
• Hot Water is heated "on demand", the energy savings of this is substantial, despite having 57 bathrooms and a commercial kitchen, we only hold 630 Litres of hot water in reserve. Compare that with a normal suburban household with tanks of 200 litres per household.

Water Rating: ★★★★ (4)
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• All showers have water flow restrictors to no more than 8 litres per minute, [and we still manage to get compliments for our showers!].
• All vanity and kitchen basin faucets have a maximum flow of 6 litres per minute.
• All the washing machines are front loading delivering higher water efficiency than top loading models.
• All toilets have”AAA Water" rating using as little as 3 litres per half flush.
• Rain-harvesting tank used for public toilet cisterns, gardening and general cleaning purposes.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
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• We have eliminated all plastic bottles for toiletries and installed practical and stylish refillable pump-action toiletry dispensers.
• All toiletries used are biodegradable with some being organic.

• Recyclable rubbish is separated in the same manner as in residential homes; by glass, paper, plastics, metal and general waste.
• In-room recycling, whereby the guest is given the opportunity to help by sorting their material into recycling and non-recycling via twin compartment bins.
• Use of a biodegradable, compostable garbage bag that is made from vegetable by-products.
• On site compost bin for all organic (vegetable) waste from the restaurant kitchen.

Management initiatives:
• Promotional pens are made from bio degradable corn starch.
• Using only recycled paper, including printed items, toilet paper and tissues.
• Library with book exchange enhancing the opportunity for books, & magazines to be reused. Newspapers are complimentary; however are deliver only to rooms that request a paper.
• Options for guest not to have their towelling and linen changed daily.
• Recycle print cartridge and by-products.
• Recycle used light globes to remove harmful by products from landfill.
• Use organic, biodegradable and non hazardous chemicals and material wherever possible.
• Continually research and test products and concepts for continued improvement in our environment program.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★ (4)
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Carbon Neutral
• We have reduced our carbon footprint to an average of 13.5kg per room, compared to standard allowance of 24-26kg as set by the Sustainable Tourism CRC. We have then offset this remaining carbon via the Carbon Reduction Institute.

• Free car parking for guests arriving in a hybrid or electric vehicles
• Fee recharging of electric vehicles with 100% Green Earth electricity (renewable resources)
• Airport transfers in a hybrid limousine available – fee applies
• Encourage guests to walk to most major attractions which are within 2-10 minute walk of hotel – Carbon Neutral
• Encourage use of public transport including airport shuttle bus, trams & trains all within 50-100 meters

Design - construction
• Our windows open, which helps with air-conditioning as it is not asked to work 24 hours per day, as is the case for sealed rooms.
• All windows are double-glazed, those windows facing North and West also have a 10mm thick Pilkington “green glass” panel. This lowers heat penetration in summer, and restricts heat loss in winter. An added bonus is noise abatement.
• Double insulated 16mm thick plasterboard & staggered stud placement walls. This design assists in temperature and noise attenuation between rooms. By staggering the wall studs the plasterboard on each side of the wall are independent therefore minimising drum / vibration effect prevalent in standard stud wall construction.
• Hebel block used in new construction areas. Hebel blocks have 3 times the insulation quality of brick veneer construction and uses one quarter of the raw material for an equivalent concrete construction.
• Room doors are sealed to minimise temperature and noise attenuation.

Protection Rating: ★★★ (3)
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• Wine list consists of only local Victorian wineries including wines from sustainable wineries
• Beer stocked is mostly locally produced and includes a “Green” beer that is carbon neutral.
• Selection of suppliers includes preference for locality and each supplier demonstrating environmentally friendly practices within their industry

• Regular staff eco activities including field visits to suppliers and environment parks.
• Participate in local council environment program as well as state-wide and national programs.
• Unclaimed lost property provided to homeless and disadvantaged people in our precinct.
• Automatic massage chairs donated to a hospital in East Timor and reused for dialysis treatment.

Contact Details

Alto Hotel on Bourke
636 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
61 3 8608 5500
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