Environmental concept 2016

As an sustainable orientated business we take our responsible for our environment very serious and we strive to take improvements in all fields in order to keep a beautiful and healthy environment for future generations. For us it is important to involve our guests actively into our environmental actions to give them a better understanding of environmental protection. Our actions have the aim to improve environmental protection steady.

Especially as a business for young guests it is a personal concern to make a mark for an intact environment for future generations. Following actions and areas are for us and our staff particularly important:

  • Education and motivation for environmental friendly behaviour of our employees
  • Extensive information on our sustainability concept for our guests and employees
  • Efficient use of all resources
  • Adaption of daily operations to save on paper
  • Reduction of disposal packaging for toiletries for our guests
  • Careful handling and exact dosing of all cleaning products
  • Environmental procurement and conscious selection of our supplier within the groups purchasing
  • Prevention of long transportation routes based on the selection of local suppliers
  • Use of public means of transport by guests as well as employees
  • Satisfaction of guests based on improved service quality without the waste of resources
  • In the framework of our ecological and environmental possibilities selective use of organic products within the gastronomic concept
  • Preservation of the natural basis of live for future generations
  • Conscious use of our drinking water

 

In order to transfer our environmental efforts better we attempt to fulfil the requirements of the Austrian Ecolabel for Tourism.

The Ecolabel gives consumers, public as well as private customers the possibility to recognize easily environmentally friendly products with a governmentally proven quality standard.

The environmental criteria which build the basis of the Austrian Ecolabel are the result of scientific research and extensive consultation within the commission of the Austrian Ecolabel. Member of the committee are members of responsible departments of the Austrian Ecolabel, representatives of the environment, consumer and industry associations,   unions as well as representatives of small- and medium-sized companies (sme) and commerce businesses.

With the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Tourism the major environmental impacts, which occur within the three phases of the life cycle of a service (purchase, supply, disposal) should be kept as minimal as possible. Those criteria are especially important for the following goals:

  • Regular recording of energy and water disposal and ongoing improvements
  • Preffered use of renewable energy and substances which do not harm the environment
  • Support of environment communication and education
  • Support of touristic education and creation of work places within the corporate group
  • Takeover of social responsibility by the offering of a holistic training offer within the corporate group
  • Social engagement within charitable causes within the corporate group

Our Hostels are managed as non-smoking properties!

In order to reduce the environmental impact we try to buy products with the Ecolabel. Furthermore we inform our guests on their possibilities to support the environmental goals.

 

Information on accessibility – Palace Hostel

We gladly welcome people with reduced mobility at our hostel and we try to offer the best possible stay we can offer due to the infrastructural environment. Palace Hostel is due to its hillside location characterized by many staircases. A handicapped access to Palace Hostel is therefore not possible. Within our possibilities we try to support our guests.

Rooms and public areas

Our hostel has the following public areas:

Reception, lobby, public toilets, restaurant and two terraces

None of those areas is handicapped accessible.

Our guest room are situated at floor 1 and 2 and are partly barrier-free accessible via the garden.

  • All our public areas are equipped with tiled or rubber floor.
  • Our reception is located on floor 1 and is not handicapped accessible. From 7.30 and 23.00 our reception is available to our guests.
  • Light switches are all attached at a height of one meter. Therefore all our light switches are reachable from a wheelchair.
  • All our rooms are equipped with private showers. However a barrier-free access is not possible.
  • By request we can offer a nonslip underlay and seat options for our showers.
  • All meals are served in a self service-buffet form.
  • Our common areas are not barrier-free accessible.
  • Our big garden with terrace is from some rooms limited barrier-free accessible.

 

Location and arrival

As a sustainable hostel we are happy if you leave your car at home and travel with public transports. Our hostel is from nearly all parts of Vienna handicapped accessible and the bus station Wilhelminenberg is only 300 m from the hostel and handicapped accessible. With the busses 46A, 46B and U3 you can reach our hostel from many parts of Vienna. Due to our convenient location it is easy to reach our hostel with you own car. You can use our private parking space for free during your stay.

  • You can reach us barrier-free with public means of transport from all important transport hubs within Vienna. A barrier-free arrival is from the airport Vienna as easy as from the main train station and the train station Meidling. If you need a taxi we can also organize that for you.
  • All metro stations and 95% of all bus and tram station in Vienna are handicapped accessible. Therefore a sightseeing tour without your private car is easily doable.
  • If you prefer to arrive by your own car you can leave your car at our parking space for free. Up to your arrival you can park your car within the loading zone in front of the entrance.

 

Within future investments, based on our economical opportunities, further improvements into our barrier-free offer are planed.

Information on accessibility – Hostel Hütteldorf

We gladly welcome people with reduced mobility at our hostel and we try to offer the best possible stay we can offer due to the infrastructural environment. Hostel Hütteldorf is characterized by its division into a main and an adjoining building. Due to an elevator the whole main building, from the basement to the 6th floor, is reachable barrier-free. However our showers are not completely barrier-free accessible.

Rooms and public areas

Our hostel has the following public areas on ground floor level, which are all handicapped accessible.

Reception, lobby, public toilets, restaurant, lounge, garden with terrace

Our guest rooms within the main building can be found on ground level and from the first to the sixth floor and are all handicapped accessible.

  • All our public areas are equipped with tiled floor.
  • Our reception is situated on the ground floor, is handicapped accessible and 24/7 available.
  • Light switches are all attached at a height of one meter. Therefore all our light switches are reachable from a wheelchair.
  • Parts of our bathrooms are accessible over a small threshold. Partly our rooms are en-suite. However our showers do not offer a completely barrier-free access.
  • By request we can offer a nonslip underlay and seat options for our showers.
  • Our restaurant is handicapped accessible and is equipped with tiled floor.
  • Please ask our staff of our restaurant for the best place for wheelchairs.
  • Our public areas – lounge and lobby – are both handicapped accessible.
  • Our big garden with terrace is directly from the ground floor barrier-free accessible.
  • Shared bathrooms and toilets are barrier-free accessible. Unfortunately our showers do not offer a barrier-free access.

 

Location and arrival

As a sustainable hostel we are happy if you leave your car at home and travel with public transports. Our hostel is from nearly all parts of Vienna handicapped accessible and the bus station Seuttergasse is situated directly in front of the hostel. With the bus 53A and the U4 you can reach our hostel from many parts of Vienna. An individual arrival with your car is also no problem for us. Due to our convenient location it is easy to reach our hostel via the motorway A1. You can use our private parking space for free during your stay.

  • You can reach us barrier-free with public means of transport from all important transport hubs within Vienna. A barrier-free arrival is from the airport Vienna as easy as from the main train station and the train station Meidling. If you need a taxi we can also organize that for you.
  • All metro stations and 95% of all bus and tram station in Vienna are handicapped accessible. Therefore a sightseeing tour without your private car is easily doable.
  • If you prefer to arrive by your own car you can leave your car at our parking space for free. Up to your arrival you can park your car within the loading zone in front of the entrance.

Within future investments, based on our economical opportunities, further improvements into our barrier-free offer are planed.

Prior your booking we would be happy if you get in touch with our staff to arrange you the best possible stay at our hostel.

Preamble of Hostels Vienna

Hostels Vienna underlie all their principles with a balanced economical, social and ecological acting. Therefore we have developed an ethical index and we take care that our employees at Hostels Vienna not only understand the content but also use our guidelines within their daily routine with colleagues, guests and suppliers.

We:

  • put the human encounter in the centre of our acting
  • live a cooperative believing on all levels
  • improve our image as an open, tolerant partner which in relation to humans and different nations always puts the connecting before the separating
  • treat all persons equal, regardless of origin, religion, colour or sex.
  • do not accept any form of discrimination of sexual, physicals or psychological towards our employees or guests no matter if from our own employees or other persons
  • lay the greatest value on health and security of all employees as well as a secure working place
  • support an effective communication so all our employees can fulfil their work successfully
  • respect the values of others
  • report a potential conflict of interests directly to our supervisor
  • take care of a respectful and fair handling with all our internal and external partners, suppliers, touristic establishments and authorities
  • stand for a quality-conscious, socially responsible and environmentally friendly youth and family tourism