London’s vegan offering is ramping up for 2019, building on the capital’s array of delicious vegan eateries, with the announcement of the launch of the world’s first vegan hotel suite.
Hilton’s London Bankside hotel has consulted with The Vegan Society to create the world’s first vegan hotel suite. Instead of using leather, the furniture is upholstered with Piñatex – an alternative made from pineapple leaves, all cleaning products used by the housekeeping staff in the suite are non-animal tested and everything from the pillows to the furniture is made from plant-based materials.
On entry, guests staying in the suite will be greeted at a special check-in desk in the lobby upholstered using Piñatex – a leather alternative made from pineapple leaves – and are given a keycard made from the same material.
Inside the room guests will find pillows that have been made using environmentally friendly materials, not feathers, including a pillow filled with organic buckwheat husks, a kapok pillow made from natural kapok, a millet pillow that consists of organic millet husks, an orthopedic memory foam pillow made with bamboo shredded fibre along with an anti-allergy foam pillow, made with 100 per cent recycled cluster polyester. With the bed’s headboard also made from Piñatex leather and hand-embroidered by local artist Emily Potter.
The stylish, solid stone-grey flooring with a distressed finish is made with 100 per cent renewable and sustainable Moso Bamboo. The suite also includes responsibly sourced organic cotton carpets for guests to sink their feet into.
While the desk chair, pouffes and cushions that feature in the suite have been created using Piñatex leather, too, the desk comes kitted out with stationery from notepads, pens and pencils that are all vegan-friendly with no animal traces in the paper or ink.
In the bathroom, the suite provides products from vegan friendly brand Prija ginseng and essentials such as the shower cap and nail kit have been made using recycled packaging.
The mini bar offers a variety of locally-sourced, vegan treats including Graze protein powder, Naked fruit and nut snacks and Deliciously Ella energy balls in different flavours.
While the in-room menu includes various vegan lunch, dinner and breakfast options, the latter including fruit juices, muesli, hummus, potato hash, grilled Portobello mushroom, avocado and scrambled Quorn and quinoa.
Even the hotel’s housekeeping trolleys have been refreshed with eco-friendly products, including Method’s range of nature inspired, non-toxic and non animal-tested cleaning products. And all linen is washed with environmentally friendly detergent.
James B. Clarke, the general manager of Hilton London Bankside, said: ‘Here at Hilton London Bankside, we’re always looking at ways to innovate and bring new experiences to our guests.
‘Our Oxbo restaurant offering is already expansive, catering to many different dietary requirements so we thought, why not apply the same concept to our rooms?
‘Veganism is not just a dining trend, it has become a lifestyle choice for many and in turn, we want to be the first hotel to be able to offer those who follow the plant-based lifestyle the chance to fully immerse themselves within it from the moment they walk into the hotel.’
While Danielle Saunders from the Vegan Society added: ‘Having been involved with the planning of Hilton London Bankside’s Vegan Suite since the early stages in 2018, we’re thrilled to see the concept come to life.
‘The hotel has carefully selected different plant-based features with exceptional attention to detail and we’re pleased to see that those who live the vegan lifestyle are now able to expand their plant-based options with the opportunity to enjoy vegan travel.
‘We are excited to be able direct our followers and supporters to a hotel which incorporates the whole lifestyle experience from checking in, to sleeping in plant-based linen and furniture.’