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The Pélican, an ethical hotel focused on the environment and the local economy

A small carbon footprint, local service providers and remaining in harmony with the surrounding area are not throwaway ideals in the construction and operation of this new four-star hotel. In fact, they form a meaningful contribution to the environment and the local economy.

An eco-friendly hotel

Drawing on real energy innovations, the hotel has a very small carbon footprint. This is because the whole neighbourhood is linked up to a water loop system installed forty feet under the surface of Lake Annecy. This provides a local, renewable source of energy, as the lake water heats or cools the hotel and the surrounding buildings depending on the season. And in a major first for a French hotel, the Pélican has joined the 1% for the Planet global collective, meaning that 1% of its profits will be donated to environmental groups and charities chosen by the collective.

Fully integrating into the local area and its history

As the showcase for a neighbourhood designed more than ten years ago by architect Christian de Portzamparc, the hotel’s two buildings (the historic Le Cèdre and the new La Scène) were created to fit perfecting together while remaining in total harmony with their environment and the surrounding mountains. Local designer Hervé Lefillatre was given carte blanche in creating the interiors.

A firm desire to work with local service providers

Much of the work on the hotel was carried out by local businesses from the Haute-Savoie region, including LP Charpente, the Dunoyer group for carpentry, and Mermillod for electricity. Even the scaffolding was provided by a local company. This may seem like an obvious choice, but given the sheer scale of the project, the Groupe PVG made the major decision to include local players to sustain their skills and expertise while contributing to the local economy.

No step too small for man or mankind

The four-star Pélican Hotel has signed two partnerships:

  • Unisoap, the first French group to recycle soap from hotels to offer hygiene products to communities in need. An environmental, humanitarian and social project. Find out more at unisoap.org

  • Les bouchons74, which collects and recycles plastic and traditional corks. The profits are used to finance projects to help people living with disabilities while reducing waste