Our matter of the heart
Every day, we give our best to put a smile on our guests' faces. In order to continue to do so, we strive for a responsible and sustainable interaction with our environment. We unterpin this goal by working together with locals partners on a long term basis.
Here is a bit more of what we do:
60.000 small guests moved into our hotel in the beginning of May 2017 . In cooperation with the local beekeeping 'Wiedemeier' we have settled three bee colonies on our roof top. The nearby botanical garden "Westfalenpark" is the perfect spot for the small insects to collect dust and pollen.
What makes this project so special for us, is our aim to contribute a small share to keep biodiversity and to make people aware of topics such as sustainability and the importance of the survival and protection of bees.
Of course, we are looking forward to the sweet result as well.
Information on the beekeeping Wiedemeier
Gast- Haus statt Bank (Guest- House)
The 'Gast- Haus' (Guest- House) is a local initiative for homeless people and those who live on the edge of poverty that provides a welcoming and hospitable space for them. A good breakfast is arranged, the guests can collect information on help and consulting offers and get psycological and medical treatment. Moreocver, there are facilities for the guests to wash their clothes and take a shower. That's where we come in. We collect not completely used up bathroom amenities (small shower gels, hair shampoos and body lotions provides for our guests in all rooms) and donate them to the Guest-House. This way, those toiletries do not end up in the rubbish bin but serve a good cause.
We are very happy about this ongoing cooperation with the Guest- House as our resources are bing used in a sustainable way and we have the opportunity to provide a bit of support to less fortunate Dortmunder citizens.
Information about the Guest- House: www.gast-haus.org
Adolf- Schulte- Förderschule (School of special needs)
A further matter close to our hearts is our long-term cooperation with the Adolf- Schulte- special- needs school in Dortmund. There is always an occasion, where the students come and pay us a visit. For example, we got sporty, when the kids tested our newly renovated Spa-area ‘Active Club’ and swam and played in the pool all day long.
Furthermore, we are always happy to welcome students for the job orientation project. Students join us for a day and explore some of their job relevant abilities and experience the daily work in a hotel. As for instance, mixing an alcohol- free cocktail at the bar or preparing meals for the rest of the class for the joint lunch.
Another exciting activity was the cookie- baking event during Christmas time in 2016. The students cut out cookies and garnished them. After some cooling off time, the cookies were packed in small bags, equipped with a greeting written by the students and handed over to the representative from the Guest- House. She distributed them to the homeless and people in need. It was an exciting day for us and the kids made the wonderful experience of doing something good for other people.