Mount Richmond Hotel is committed to providing guests with a high level of service as a provider of accommodation, catering, conferencing and events, whilst minimising the impact of such activities on the local environment and ensuring the sustainability of future operations in the tourism industry.
We welcome you to the Mount Richmond Hotel. Thank you for choosing to stay here? we would like to ensure that the utmost is done to make your stay as pleasant and as memorable as possible. We aim to provide you with the highest level of service possible in the most environmentally friendly and sustainable way that we can. Whilst in close proximity to many commercial businesses, within walking distance to one of Auckland’s most exciting retail shopping centres, a mere two kilometres from the motorway and positioned equidistance between our international airport and CBD, you will also find the extensive planting within the hotel grounds to provide you with clean air and peaceful calming environment.
All plants have been chosen for their tolerance to the local climate negating the need for irrigation. We have a number of initiatives to reduce energy consumption, water use, and maximize recycling opportunities. We are continually working on ways to further improve in these areas. Our initiatives to reduce energy consumption include energy saver light bulbs, thermal backed fulllength drapes in all guest rooms, light sensors on outside lights, energy efficient LCD TVs (in most rooms), locally made furniture and carpet. All air conditioning units throughout the hotel are individually roomcontrolled enabling efficient energy management by only using what is required. Most food is prepared in our onsite kitchen and is sourced locally minimising transportation and harmful emissions. Most of our wines are New Zealand wines, underpinning our desire to deal with our celebrated local wine industry.
We actively seek to deal with businesses that have a similar commitment to minimising their impact on the local environment. We have made major efforts to reduce water consumption. Signs in your room detail our towel policy – place towels on the rail if you are happy to reuse them or place them on the floor if you would like clean towels. Other initiatives are to outsource the hotel’s laundry to a centralised laundry and the installation of water saving devices such as water reducing shower heads in guest rooms. Chilled filtered tap water is routinely provided to our conference delegates and restaurant patrons rather than imported bottled water, reducing the quantity of recycled plastic and glass. In waste reduction and recycling, initiatives include predominantly New Zealand made toiletry products in all guest rooms where both product and packaging are fully biodegradable.
All room bins are lined with biodegradable plastic rubbish bags and all toilet tissue is made from recycled paper. Our staff have been trained in separating out waste for recycling into appropriate bins? we have a policy of recycling paper by printing on both sides? and a substantial volume of our paperwork – invoices, quotations, advertising and information packs – is emailed rather than printed/posted. Kitchen oils are collected for recycling into biofuels, and paper towels/hand dryers have replaced material towels in the hotel’s public bathroom areas. Conservation of our natural surroundings is important to us. All these initiatives and many others that we have undertaken have contributed to reducing the negative impact of the hotel’s operations on the local environment. There are pleasant walks in Mount Richmond Domain across the road from the hotel.
We also encourage you to use the onsite gym or local tennis club (for which we offer you complimentary use of including rackets and balls), and to make use of public transport – with bus stops directly outside, and a train station and major shopping & entertainment centre within a short walking distance. Perhaps the hotel’s greatest asset is our staff. Auckland is rich in many cultures, particularly from the South Pacific renowned for their friendly, relaxed and welcoming peoples. Most of our staff live within close proximity to the hotel and have a special interest in the area and passing on that Pacific vibrancy and warmth. Our staff have actively embraced our environmental and sustainability policies and reduce energy and water use, and maximize waste recycling according to the hotel policies. Many commute to the hotel by public transport, walk or cycle.
You may also notice the artwork on the walls. These are all done by a local artist and incorporate many Maori and Pacifica images.We are closely involved in our local community through our staff and their families. We are looking to increase our involvement with one of our local schools, Mt Richmond Special School, through a native plant growing initiative. Through our gaming operation, a significant portion of the resulting revenue is invested back into our local community.We hope that when your stay with us ends, you will feel that you have contributed, either directly or indirectly, to our commitment to minimise harm to the environment that we live and do business in.