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Sustainability Policy at The Ardilaun Hotel

Formerly a country mansion, the 4* Ardilaun Hotel boasts 123 luxury bedrooms with a superb conference centre, wedding venue and leisure club facilities, is independently owned and operated by the Ryan family, having celebrated 61 years in business recently.

Nestled in Galway’s suburbs, in a secluded setting in leafy Taylor’s Hill just 1km from Galway City and Galway Bay, Salthill, guests may stroll around the hotel's lush spacious gardens with patio, or enjoy open fires and spacious lounges whilst indoors. Enjoy the facilities of the family friendly Camilaun Restaurant, Garden Terrace with canopy for outdoor dining, Blazers Bar and The Ardilaun Bistro or relax in the spacious Garden Lounges for Afternoon Teas.

At The Ardilaun Hotel we know the importance of the environment and driving sustainable tourism. We recognise that our business has a big role to play in protecting our beautiful planet, so we have made many efforts to improve our practices and will continue to look for ways to minimise our footprint on the environment. All our staff are committed to the ever-growing goal of sustainability, and we are dedicated to learning and improving our policies and practices, so as a guest of The Ardilaun you can enjoy your sustainable hotel stay in Galway.

Energy Efficiency

At The Ardilaun we have high standards of energy efficiency. We have implemented many strategies to reduce our energy consumption.
  • Our electricity provider is certified as suppling renewable energy to businesses
  • The entire hotel operates on LED lighting, which use 75% less energy and last 25% longer than incandescent lighting.
  • We have electric vehicle car charging points for our guests to use
  • Incorporated energy saving thermostats and energy efficient heating/colling systems to reduce unnecessary energy usage throughout the whole hotel.
  • We are proud members of Repak, which is an environmental not-for-profit organisation, who run initiatives and campaigns to help improve the sustainability of businesses across Ireland.

Water and Waste Reduction

Water and waste reduction are a large priority for us at The Ardilaun Hotel. We understand that excessive water and waste is a huge energy drain, and as we endeavour to continuously reduce our carbon footprint, we have taken many actions to remove the waste of water and goods.

Some of these actions include:

  • Water efficient taps and toilets installed in all bedrooms and public areas
  • Towel and linen reuse programmes
  • All take away cups and lids are compostable
  • Cardboard packaging, glass, cans, used light bulbs and batteries are all collected for recycling or returned to suppliers
  • Paper usage within the hotel is continually monitored in our efforts to reduce and reuse.
  • We are aiming to become completely single use plastic free and have already made efforts by reducing plastic water bottles and have a chilled, filtered water machine with reusable glass bottles for meetings/events/dining
  • Our culinary team are committed to sourcing food from local producers and small artisan businesses in the locality.
  • Miniature toiletry bottles have been replaced with larger luxury refillable dispensers. This action alone reduced our single use plastic by a whooping 100,000 bottles per annum.

We hope these actions are leading to a better future with more sustainable hotels.

Sustainable Sourcing

At The Ardilaun we know that your confidence in us is also confidence in our suppliers, so we have ensured that our responsible purchasing policy includes organic, locally sourced food and beverages, many vegetarian and vegan options, and eco-friendly materials.

Goals for Second Quarter 2023

  • We are currently working on a project that will see 12% of our annual energy being produced by Solar Panels. The project is set to be completed by the end of July 2023.
  • Rainwater harvesting to reduce water wastage
  • As we already send excess food for composting, we are looking into setting up our own composting area at the hotel to use in our lush gardens throughout the year

We have been making every effort to improve our sustainability at The Ardilaun Hotel in Galway, and we hope these efforts will improve your experience with us. We are always open to new ideas and we welcome any suggestions that will help reduce our carbon footprint and ensure The Ardilaun maintains the highest sustainability standards.

Glenarde House as it was then known, was a townhouse built around 1840 for the Persse Family who owned large estates in South Galway. Many of the Persse family members hold a place in local history including, Burton, who was the founder of the Galway Blazers and Augusta who went on to became Lady Gregory, Co-Founder of the Abbey Theatre.

When Ardilaun House opened as a hotel on St Patrick’s Day in 1962, the mansion had been entirely redecorated to include all the modern amenities. At the same time, care had been taken to preserve as much of the original character of the old mansion as possible.

There were eighteen bedrooms, each bedroom with its own distinctive theme and considered modern at the time. It was a sign of how quickly standards were changing that within fifteen years all of the original bedrooms had been phased out having already become inadequate and unacceptable.

In 1975 the bar was extended and the reception area improved. By 1977 the need for further expansion was evident and in a two stage development, an additional forty bedrooms were added - all with ensuite bathrooms.

A new dining room was also constructed with doors leading onto a patio where dining could be enjoyed outdoors during the summer time. The lands and woods surrounding the hotel were landscaped and have since provided pleasant walks for hotel guests.

1999 saw major investment and upgrading of the hotel and its facilities. A superb new Leisure Club was added comprising of an 18 meter deck level swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and an aerobics studio. Included in this redevelopment also was the addition of the Health and Beauty Salon and renovations took place in the public and conference areas with the addition of a new meeting room and a boardroom. The hotel was relaunched as The Ardilaun House Hotel, Conference Centre and Leisure Club.

The Ardilaun now had 89 bedrooms to include a number of suites. The hotel is rated four star and owners, management and staff are very proud to provide this level of service in the dining-room, accommodation and public areas.

In 2005 a further redevelopment commenced which reached completion in 2006. This exciting programme saw 36 luxury new rooms, 2 tiers of underground parking, conversion for 4 existing bedrooms to Garden Suites, extensions to the Restaurant, Bar, foyer and Connacht Suite ballroom and grounds were fully landscaped.

The Ardilaun Hotel is ideally suited for any event or occasion, for business or pleasure. A major advantage of the hotel is its ample complimentary and convenient car parking.

The Ardilaun Hotel the name which many locals had already been referring to it as. This rebrand was done in line with the hotels 45th Anniversary celebration. 2008 saw further redevelopment when Blazers Bar was extended to become Blazers Bar & Bistro. At this time there was also renovation to the restrooms and staff areas.

A further 14 rooms on 2 floors were redeveloped and are now 12 deluxe rooms – each with its own individual character. In addition to the many Irish guests who are regular visitors to the hotel, it is also a most popular choice to those travelling from USA, UK and Europe. Guests are always very impressed with the hotels unique seclusion while, at the same time, its convenience to the city centre.

To ensure continued excellence in business, the hotel invested in the Optimus Programme. The Ardilaun Hotel was the first hotel in the West of Ireland to achieve this mark of recognition and each year since investing in the programme in 2005 has been awarded the Optimus Mark of Best Practice.

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