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Being a frequent business traveller to London, i'm always looking for good hotels to stay at and on my last visit i just HAPPEND upon Rafayel on the left bank, really loved the location and its proximity to the city, im definitely looking forward to it, plus the "green" concept has completely sparked my interest

@videos de cul: with a name like this I can't help myself to delete your comment and put you in my spam list. Sorry!

dont think anyone other than the usual "well being spas" can boast to have such "eco-conciousness" as the Hotel Rafayel is claiming, but then again..you would'nt expect any different from a spa, but a 5 star hotel in a a bustling city center (or close to it) that is commendable!

You can be proud about this nice hotel

Very good concept of hotel for me :)

Very nice hotel, i love this type of desgin, i will surf on the suit of this blog thank for all

Yeah nice hotel based on reviews. This coming June I'll be visiting London again, I'm planning to stay there for a change. Last year, I also visited London and stayed there for month, but I stayed in one of the London Flatashares over central London. I had also a great stay with that place. Maybe this time Rafayel will be a fit since I'm only staying in London for 4 days.

Just spent a couple of days at the Rafayel. What a fantastic experience! The hotel offers all that it promises and more. I've never seen such roominess in other London hotel rooms, and the views take your breath away. I've recommended Rafayel on the Left Bank to all my friends who are off to London for the New Year. Guys, you'll love it!

I dont think anyone other than the usual "well being spas" can boast to have such "eco-conciousness" as the Hotel Rafayel is claiming, but then again..you would'nt expect any different from a spa, but a 5 star hotel in a a bustling city center (or close to it) that is commendable!

One unique GREEN hotel

Being a frequent business traveller to London, i'm always looking for good hotels to stay at and on my last visit i just HAPPEND upon Rafayel on the left bank, really loved the location and its proximity to the city, im definitely looking forward to it, plus the "green" concept has completely sparked my interest!

Rihab

i like "green" hotels but it's difficult to find

(Let's see what this 'Hotel' will finally offer when it opens its doors in Dec.)

hallelujahs

@Alex-

I have been living in the building for the last three years, this building was crucially subjected to 'unkind design dumb down process' through cutting huge costs by the original developer George Wimpey, this was the developer who sold us this project.

The roof gardens that were promised on the design board and the selling documents with inscriptions on the model that is still kept in the atrium were never materialised.

Sadly none of those features were ever executed. Now all these features are highlighted by the present team.


Last week by chance I met the gentlemen who conceived the project architect Mr. James Burland and he told me that Ike( the new developer) has restored the building to its 'designed glory. '

Back in 2007's we were hearing that the commercial site was destined to be sold for a 50,000 sqft mini Tesco, imagine what would have become of us 'the residents' who were sold a dream of river side living and may probably have ended up living above a 'hyped up street shop.'

After all we all knew that there was a commercial site of 50,000 sqft below our tower and something will be done about it, in Oyster Wharf and many other river walk buildings commercial spaces until today remain derelict as weed grows unchecked.

Today we most likely live above one of the finest eco-friendly building and landscape on the river walk. Martin and Co the agents of the building yesterday informed me that they are going to jack up the rents by 15% from 2010.

Alongisde LED, this building now has rain water harvested fountains, a first in London for a private complex, the so far wasted rain water is now utilised to plant thousand of new plants helping reduce our building carbon footprint.

The Alhambra garden design is unique and as a resident I feel proud to be a part of the building, all the wait was worth it. The building glows up like pearl on the Thames, as a serious owner/investor in the building owning few flats, I am one grateful soul.

Dr Ibrahim Tagreed
34 Falcon Wharf, London SW11 3 RF

Thanks you! and the other question I had...?;)

@Alex - The hotel is due to open in December this year. So watch this space.

Is there an openning date in mind yet, for the hotel and the restuarant?

And what concessions are on offer for the Falcon Wharf residents, on gym, pool and spa, given that they have suffered over 2 years of daily noise, which also left the parking area and common ground floor areas in a mess and a bad shape during this period?

LED is a very serious technology, cutting emissions is gimmick if we maintain normal lighting bulbs, LED certainly helps cut carbon footprint big time.

This hotel claims to use a very expensive technology but environmentally very friendly, I have checked some other reports and have noticed that Phillips hospitality has helped them to develop this new idea of a 100 percent low emission lighting hotel, it will go a long way as a prototype for future hotels to develop. The big question is will they take the route of high capital costs against a low carbon footprint, looks like most probably, this one certainly has and we need to appreciate that.

Wow this going green by this hotel is amazing. If only everybody else can follow suite it will make this world a better place. I don't believe that this is a publicity stunt

Cutting serious energy costs and CO2 emissions are possible through LED, if it is true and one should really examine.

A total LED based hotel must be a very courageous step for the owners, each down light retails around 55 pounds in comparison to 2 pounds for a 50 watts florescent, an average room needs 10 of these, for a hotel of this size one would think at least 1500 of these fittings including corridors, lobbies and all, a cool 100 k plus on just hotel lighting, that is a brave commitment for green friendly approach.

If it is factual almost certainly Rafayel is the first of its kind in the world, no other hotels dares do that, footprint what rules the conventional behaviour of the owners is that the capital cost is far more dearer than carbon.

Thanks for this post.

The story doesn't say whether International travellers will find the Battersea area attractive enough compared to the West End.

Kings Road Bluebird Cafe is 15 a minutes walk and a 5 minute drive.

South of the river or the new' Left bank' is 'erroneously ' for the minds of West Enders is linked with Canary Wharf.

I think Rafayel and Hotel Vert of Van Essen Hotels will bring realisation of a new emerging river bank close to the minds of westenders.

Battersea does takes a toll on yields of the hotel, in West End 5 star plus green luxury at the highest levels accorded by Rafayel will be twice dearer .

Showcasing the latest technological advances in LED lightings, air-conditioning and VDA efficiencies, Rafayel will minimise our impact on the environment by reducing each guest’s carbon footprint dramatically.

A normal fluorescent bulb consumes anywhere between 50-100 watts, a five star room has between 7-10 of these i.e. a range from a low 350 watts to a high of 1000 watts.

A Phillips state of art LED is around 7 watts, 7 watts is half of a candle footprint, if we take 7-10 of LED's these consumes low of 49 watts to high of 70 watts, that alone is a noteworthy saving.

Extrapolate these saving on London's 110,000 hotel rooms and you can easily close down a 1000 mgw coal fired station for 16 hours.

The problem with the hoteliers is that they are preoccupied with capital costs. LED costs a lot of upfront money those who have paid 2000 pound/sqft for land alone cannot afford to spend on high technology that guarantees greener options, this hotel has made a right move towards the right direction. It looks they have spent a lot on technology and Phillips /VDA combination is an evidence of that.

Bravo Rafayel

Hi Rajul,

I understand your concern.

Let's give the benefit of the doubt and
check out later in December. Cheers, Guillaume

Whenever a hotel claims to be "green" it sets off alarm bells...I'd also love to know in more depth what it's actually doing when it opens as opposed to what it would like to do. I love discovering genuinely eco-friendly hotels but it's often hard to get past the marketing hype. I look forward to your follow-up when it opens. Hopefully starting from a blank canvas makes it easier to create an authentically "green" hotel.

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