made of recycled paper and in the Regrowing Rooms the carpets are made of recycled fishing nets and they use pressed straw in the ceilings and walls. Furniture is made from local solid wood, but the hotel also recycles and upcycles a lot of materials for guest rooms and elsewhere on the property, in order to reduce waste; including a bridge in their courtyard which is made of old steel and wooden beams which were discarded during renovation, as well as planters made of old jam jars.
‘Germany’s first climate-positive hotel. Unique in so many ways, from the beer massages to the circular bedrooms this is a city hotel with a difference.’
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From $79 USD per night this includes a fresh breakfast.
The sun terrace and beautiful garden area is perfect to relax in.
The fresh, organic, fairtrade, local breakfast buffet is a real highlight.
It’s the perfect location with a short 10-minute stroll to the town centre.
An innovative and exciting concept. Meet the unique circular bedrooms.
The handy electric car and e-bike charging points are a plus point.
As Germany’s first climate-positive hotel, it’s a feel-good stay.
”Don’t miss the beer massage. The first of its kind to unite relaxation, the art of brewing, history, and taste.’
Disconnect To Reconnect…
Step into the garden. Bursting with natural greenery, a waterfall, and upcycling elements which create a very special atmosphere. You’ll quickly forget that you are in the middle of the city.
A bicycle friendly hotel. Why not rent an e-bike from the hotel to explore the city and its surroundings?
The spa area invites you to unwind and slow down. Experiences the ice cave, steam bath, and beer massages.
There are a number of room types, from business rooms to garden views, our favourite is the cradle-to-cradle room. Its design and concept reflect this hotel’s innovative spirit and commitment to sustainability best
Cradle-to-Cradle concept bedrooms, 100% bio-degradable.
Upcycled carpet made from old fishing nets
Natural mattresses and all wood furniture
Clean air, from the plants to non-chemical, mineral based paint
Meet Your Host
Meet Ben, the owner of Hotel Luise. Whether it’s gardening or photography Ben is always working on a creative project. He loves to make art from discarded items that nobody else wants.
“We try to bring nature into the city. It brings an element of creativity to every single aspect of the hotel. Everything we make is creative and sustainable – it’s where our name comes from.
This hotel has been in my family for generations, it started with small things like car-sharing and reducing waste. Today we are Germany’s first climate-positive hotel.”
Read the full interview here.
Need to Know
The Bergkirchweih is an annual beer festival, otherwise known as the Volksfest, in Erlangen, Germany. Locals nickname it Berch. Young and old meet at the beer cellars among culinary delights and fairground rides. It takes place in summer, the Thursday before Pentecost.
This hotel is a popular base for professionals and businesses – whether it be for a meeting or for a lunch, but it’s also open to other types of guests. It’s a casual and very friendly atmosphere.
The breakfast here is a real treat. You can expect a deliciously fresh, organic, and fair-trade buffet, which guests adore.
Hotel Luise is located in the city of Erlangen in Bavaria, Germany. Situated close to the city of Nuremberg which is rich in medieval architecture and historical landmarks. The town has a vibrant student population, corporate flair, and beautiful historic architecture, combined with natural beauty.
How to get there
The distance from the airport Nürnberg (Nuremberg Airport) to the hotel is just a short 20 min drive (16km).
DesignThis hotel has the first 'Regrowing Rooms' in Germany which are based on the Cradle-to-Cradle principle, meaning that all used materials are recyclable or bio-degradable. The wallpapers are...
EnergyTo reduce the consumption of energy, Hotel Luise have solar panels on the roof and use energy-efficient district-heat from the local public services (exclusively green electricity from hydroelectric...Read More >>
power stations). They also have a heat-lowering system in the night, use living plants to improve room temperatures and have a central control for the air-conditioning. There are also electric car and e-bike charging points in the garage for guests to use. As well as there being a car sharing car park for the car sharing club Erlangen.
CommunityThe hotel manager of Hotel Luise is a member of the Fairtrade Steering Group (FSG) in Erlangen. To motivate people to become more sustainable...Read More >>
Creativhotel Luise uses their website and social media; showing that being sustainable can be fun (for example, by raffling sustainable products), and to provide information and tips about sustainability on social media. They have also used social media to quash myths about sustainability and to show that there is prejudice within it. In terms of their website, they use it to encourage people to become more green; finding stories and facts about sustainability, for example, they have an informative guide with sustainable shops in Erlangen.
BiodiversityHotel Luise participates in a reforestation project in Panama, where they have planted nearly 15,000 trees since 2010 to compensate for CO2 emissions. This forest project provides a habitat...Read More >>
for plants, animals and supports biodiversity (136,362 square metres since 2010). And despite the central location of the hotel, almost half of the 3000 m2 hotel venue is green and vegetated and they have a big ‘shepherd’ garden with many nesting places for birds, hedgehogs and insects in the city.
WaterIn the Regrowing Rooms there are showers developed by NASA which saves 90% water consumption. The hotel also uses rainwater for the flushing of the toilets.
WasteHotel Luise produces 88% less waste compared to an average accommodation in the same star-category. They try to reduce packaging where possible, avoiding small packaging to reduce waste...Read More >>
And they avoid up to 90% waste at their breakfast compared to other hotels, and even offer a zero-waste buffet without plastic.
FoodThe hotel owns an orchard with Franconian fruits: pears, figs, apples and more. They have their own honey, produced by the bees from their own beehive in the...Read More >>
hotel garden. And there is also a herb garden, meaning they always fresh herbs for their guests. They also provide a rich breakfast buffet with organic, Fairtrade and regional products, offering information about the organic and local food, like brands, ingredients and origins of the products. This is supposed to convince guests to buy these products at home. Similar to this, there is a lot of information in their drinks menu about the importance of buying local and organic products and where their beer and wine comes from.
Engage GuestsThis hotel provides 10 bikes and hiking sticks to rent for guests to encourage activities such as cycling and hiking that pose little impact to the environment...Read More >>
Furthermore, guests can take a guided tour through the hotel, where they can learn what the hotel is doing to be one of the greenest hotels in Germany. The hotel shop offers zero-waste and other sustainable products to encourage guests to become eco-friendlier in their daily life. And the hotel has a ‘lookbook’ about the hotel which includes articles that deal with their effort for sustainability and includes some ‘behind the scene’ insights. Most of the electric lines in and around the hotel are shielded to avoid electro smog. Numerous studies have provided sufficient data to support the conclusion that electrosmog is harmful.
HousekeepingInterestingly, the mattresses in the ‘Regrowing Rooms’ are made from algae and coconuts! Cleaning products are 100% chemical free and organic, using the German brand ‘Frosch’ which is...Read More >>
Cradle to Cradle Certified. All paper towels and toilet paper are made from recycled paper and they only have big refillable soap dispensers. All of this comes from just one supplier, to reduce delivery routes and packaging. Guests can only get bathrobes, shower sandals and towels for the spa at reception on enquiry. This is to reduce cleaning resources, as well as water and energy consumption. And as a standard, bedlinen is not to be changed until after one week (obviously only if the guest stays for so long).
"Creative ways of sustainability and ecology"
The Creativhotel Luise always shows new and creative ways of sustainability and ecology. It's very impressive what they have done here. I can highly recommend the hotel!
"Great hotel, with a great concept"
A great hotel, with a great concept, very delicious breakfast and a great little wellness area. Great service! Thanks for that and congratulations on such a great team!
"Loved the bike rentals at the hotel"
Very clean and well appointed hotel with friendly German and English speaking staff. Small but functional rooms and a very good breakfast spread. In a calm neighbourhood yet close to Erlangen town centre. Loved the bike rentals at the hotel. Overall the stay felt warm similar to a family run hotel
"Friendly and efficient."
Nicely designed business hotel with large and clean rooms. Really enjoyed the sauna and spa area. Very good breakfast buffet. Staff are friendly and efficient.
Michael, Google Reviews
"Variety of differently designed rooms"
Very thought through place with a variety of differently designed rooms. All kinds of little extras and great breakfast
Simply, the best hotel ECO/BIO/ partly self-sustaining hotel I've stayed in the last few months in Germany. Loving it...and the breakfast is to die for
"Much attention to details"
Truly creative, healthy breakfast, many little surprises, much attention to details.
"Green footprint is a nice concept"
Spacious and clean rooms. Excellent breakfast. Fast Wi-Fi. Friendly staff. 'Green' Footprint is a nice concept.
Jon, Google Reviews
"Treat you like family"
Stay here every time I travel to Erlangen - 1-3 times a year. Every time I arrive, I feel like I've come home. They treat you like family. Always clean, friendly & wonderful spa!!
"Quirky hotel with an important message"
A quirky hotel with an important message underlying it's ethos. Always enjoyed my stays here. Hard to get a room when I am visiting.
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