Our Green Policy

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At HYDE Hotel, we are passionate about sustainability. We are committed to making a positive impact on the environment by implementing effective green practices and procedures throughout our hotel. Although we are at the start of our ‘Green’ journey, we are excited for the road ahead.

Our fantastic staff are key to our success in delivering a more sustainable and environmentally friendly service. Their invaluable input, insight and engagement is at the core of our achievements to date. We have already introduced many initiatives and new ideas are emerging and evolving daily.



  • Carbon Footprint – monitoring to reduce our carbon emissions through waste reduction & the use of green energy
  • Conservation– to save for later use & to protect the environment
  • Co-Operation – adopting the policies & embracing change
  • Commitment – to manage and reduce the consumption of goods, energy & unsustainable products
  • Community– to work together sharing a common understanding


We follow the process of metering, measuring, monitoring, evaluating and managing our waste, water, energy & carbon in order to reduce.

  • Showers are fitted with water reduction heads
  • Key card activated power in all guest rooms
  • Light bulbs changed to LED lighting
  • Food waste monitored on a continual basis in order to reduce
  • Use green energy where possible
  • Green purchasing policy in place
  • Most of our food products are produced in Galway and the surrounding area
  • Encourage guests to walk or use public transport


  • All takeaway cups and their lids are 100% compostable and compost bins are accessible
  • Biodegradable, environmentally-friendly cleaning products used
  • We no longer provide single use toiletries in our guest bedrooms


Adopting new ideas / adapting practices / embracing change

  • Waste management programme in place with waste separation facilities available for both staff and guests
  • All our employees follow our ‘Think Before You Print’ policy
  • We encourage guests to follow our 7 steps to a greener stay:
  1. Please turn off lights and TV when they are not in use
  2. Why not walk or use public transport?
  3. Use the recycling bin provided in your bedroom
  4. All guest information is on your TV screen to reduce printing
  5. Choose not to have a straw with your drink
  6. Try order only what you think you will eat at breakfast
  7. Why not have your receipt for your stay emailed to you?


To be fully engaged in the reduction of our energy consumption and waste production through dedication, education, reducing & reusing. We aim to continue to reduce our landfill waste.

  • We follow a strict waste separation policy with all waste segregated into general, recycling and compost
  • Our cooking oil is returned to our supplier after use in order for it to be recycled and reused
  • Electronic messaging in guest rooms reducing paper usage
  • We do not use single use plastics where at all possible, including single use toiletries in our bathrooms


Working together with a common understanding - Active involvement with local charities and sponsorships

  • This year we will be gifting our employees with a tree planted on their behalf for their birthday
  • Promotion of our ‘green’ messaging through our social media channels
  • Regular beach clean ups of our local shores & coastline
  • Donating old/unwanted goods to charity


All guests at HYDE Hotel are given the option upon booking to offset the carbon footprint of their stay. Guests can make a voluntary donation which will go directly towards planting indigenous trees to help reduce our environmental impact.



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What our guests say

The Hyde (Formally Forster Court) has always provided excellent service in all areas of hospitality. The staff are so polite and helpful. It is always a pleasure to stay there.
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Celebrated our 30th anniversary here and as requested had a bottle of Prosecco waiting for us. The excellent staff went above and beyond and included some chocolate covered strawberries...
Thomas Schmiegel
We are only so happy to compliment and thank the staff for helping us when my husband needed a medical consult and we needed to change reservations and needed food brought up to our...
Edward Sutton
Perfect stay in Galway. Great location to train and bus station along with the Latin Quarter.
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"Very good"
Had a short but pleasant stay at the Hyde Hotel in Galway. Excellent location. Would recommend to others.
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