Greek Eco-Friendly Olive Green Hotel Is Powered by Smart Technology

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Greek Eco-Friendly Olive Green Hotel Is Powered by Smart Technology

12/08/2016
The Olive Green Hotel in Greece provides guests with sustainable, eco-friendly accommodations powered by smart technology. It is the brainchild of Karatarakis Hotels SA Company, a company that owns the Lato Boutique Hotel, a hotel in Heraklion, Greece that is famous for its Herbs’ Garden Restaurant, which offers breathtaking views over the Old Harbor and the Koules Venetian fortress. 
 
Olive Green Hotel offers a guests a bright lobby with warm wood walls and a minimalist dÉcor. Olive tree saplings catch the eye as they raise from their pots that serve as seats in front of the reception. It’s usually the first photo op for guests and a promise of a different experience, in moderately priced luxury. 
 
Upon booking, guests can choose between four types of rooms, ranging from Popular to Urban, Club, and Family. The rooms are stylish, with minimalist dÉcor, enhanced by QR-coded posters depicting pristine Cretan landscapes, most of them within one hour driving distance from the hotel. By scanning the codes, guests find out the address of the destination, points of interest on the route and other details that make the trip interesting. 
 
Guests can control room lighting, air conditioning, TVs, and other features with the help of smart tablets provided by reception upon their arrival. The tablets can also be used to order room service or to post updates on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
 
The hotel was designed respecting modern principles of renewable energy.
 
“We employed reuse and recycle operational systems that utilize solar panels and other innovative methods that promote sustainable development,” said Lefteris Karatarakis, CEO, Karatarakis Hotels SA Company.
 
The aim of the owners was to develop a hotel that aligns nature, tradition and technology into a harmonious haven for leisure tourists and business travelers alike. Although it just opened, it is already in demand, with high occupancy offseason. This is due to its central location, steps away from the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and within walking distance from the tourist heart of the city. The Venetian Fortress of Rocca al Mare (Koules) is less than 850 meters walk, and other landmarks, like the Central Market of Heraklion, Saint Titos Cathedral, and the Morozini Fountain are even closer.