Several big hotels across Mumbai plan to participate in the Earth Hour this year and do their bit to save energy and reduced carbon emissions. Though most hotels will not turn off lights in the hotel rooms, non-essential lights and electrical appliances will be switched off.
The Courtyard by Marriott in Andheri (east) will offer its guests an evening of unplugged music by a local band called No More Drama. The band from the Institute of Hotel Management will perform without microphones and amplifiers. The hotel will switch off lights in the lobby, laundry room, pool side, restaurants and housekeeping department. “Guests can enjoy candle-light dinner in our restaurants,” said Gautam Bhandari, general manager, Courtyard by Marriott. Guests will be welcomed with a big Earth Hour rangoli in the lobby. “We will request guests to participate,” said Bhandari.
At the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Center Hotel and Lakeside Chalet Marriott, the executive apartments will switch off lights in common areas such as lobbies, restaurants, lawns, pool side and in back offices and computer rooms.
The Taj Mahal Palace in Colaba will switch off all the lights illuminating the hotel on the outside and light the lobby with candles and diyas. “We will request guests to be at the hospitality suite, where they can enjoy candle-light dinner. All non-essential lights too will be switched off,” said Vasant Ayyappan, director, corporate sustainability. Taj group.
The Hilton hotel, near the international airport, will start the Earth Hour with a jazz performance. “We have sent letters to our guests to participate in Earth Hour and gather in our restaurants or the pool side, which will be lit with candles. All lights in the lobby will be switched off,” said Vikas Kapai, general manager, Hilton.