CRETE, GREECE—Olive Green Hotel is the first provider of sustainable, eco-friendly accommodation powered by smart technology in Greece, according to the company. Owned by Karatarakis Hotels SA Company, the property had a silent opening following renovations to the 1960s building.
The lobby has warm wood walls and olive green accents with a minimalist decor. A variety of room types—popular, urban, club and family—are enhanced by QR-coded posters depicting Cretan landscapes. By scanning the codes, there is more information such as the address of the destination, points of interest on the route, and more. There are in-room controls for lighting, air conditioning, TVs and other features are enabled with smart tablets, which are provided upon arrival at the reception. The tablets can also be used to order room service, or to post updates on social networks.
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, according to the company. “We employed reuse and recycle operational systems that utilize solar panels and other innovative methods that promote sustainable development,” said Lefteris Karatarakis, CEO of Karatarakis Hotels SA Company.
The olive tree, which inspired the name of the hotel, is centric to the dining experience at Liotrivi, the guest breakfast area at Olive Green. The complimentary olive oil tastings offered every morning include different types of cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oils from Crete.