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Four Seasons is commited to contributing to the communities in which we operate and responsibly managing our environmental impacts and social commitments.
One of the hilltop hotel’s main – and oldest – eco-friendly features dates back to 1959 and its original design. To offer shelter from strong and dominant winds, architect Porfirio Pardal Monteiro designed the building as an L-shape, with the main façades facing the city and the Tagus River for maximum protection. In addition, each bedroom was designed with excavated balconies within the façade to optimise natural light, fresh air circulation and natural cooling, while minimizing the heat absorption and the air-conditioning needs of the building.
In terms of its day-to-day operations, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon’s commitment to preserving and protecting the environment includes: the ‘Opt Out’ programme, which sees bed linens and towels changed after three night’s consecutive stay unless guests specifically request otherwise; property-wide recycling programmes; and support of the slow food movement, to preserve the local ecosystem and reduce unnecessary food miles. Additionally the hotel has been adopting new energy saving strategies, such as the replacement of halogen lighting for LED, replacement to more efficient water bombs and chiller, saving chiller’s heat to warm water, and the adoption of a digital energy management system to program and control energy usage accordingly to the building needs.
Also recycling plays a major role at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. The hotel participates in a program called Paper for Food, in which all the paper collected, is reverted into money for food for Banco Alimentar – food bank; Or plastic bottles’ lids are reverted into money for healthcare equipment. In regard to Portuguese culture, we can highlight several things we promote at the hotel: from food, to spa or experiences.