City Hotel Urges Guests to Top Up from the Tap

03 December 2019
Edinburgh's Ten Hill Place backs Your Water Your Life

Protecting the Environment

Ten Hill Place wants guests to drink our great-tasting tap water to help reduce single use plastic waste in the environment.

“Our tap water in Scotland is world class, so there really is no need for us to be bringing in truckloads of plastic bottles.”

Scott Mitchell
Managing Director, Surgeon's Quarter
Scottish Water has joined forces with Edinburgh’s largest independent hotel to encourage guests to top up from the tap to help reduce plastic waste in the environment.

The Capital’s Ten Hill Place will urge guests to fill their glasses with Scotland’s great tasting tap water in all 129 bedrooms – saving around 80,000 single use plastic bottles a year.

The four-star hotel, run by Surgeons Quarter, is the latest to join the wave in supporting our Your Water Your Life campaign which encourages people to drink more tap water to benefit the environment.

Surgeons Quarter is the commercial arm of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), and so all profits made at Ten Hill Place Hotel are put towards the College’s charitable aims of advancing surgical standards and improving patient outcome worldwide. 

Scott Mitchell, Managing Director of Surgeons Quarter, commented: “Ten Hill Place Hotel is a good choice for conscious consumers – but we’re still mindful of the effects that travel and the tourism industry has on our planet.

“It’s very important to us that we make decisions which positively impact the environment, while remaining a four star establishment.

“Scottish Water is the perfect partner for us to make this change. Our tap water in Scotland is world class, so there really is no need for us to be bringing in truckloads of plastic bottles.

“We know that some of our international guests might feel unsure about drinking water from the tap, so we would like to reassure everyone that it tastes delicious and is great for our health.”

The Old Town-based hotel underwent significant expansion last year following record occupancy numbers, seeing it increase from 77 to 129 rooms.

Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water, said: “It’s fantastic to have Ten Hill Place Hotel make such a positive change to the way it operates as a business. 

“We’re proud to partner with them and hope that they inspire other hotels across Scotland to follow in their footsteps, as the more that get involved, the more we can protect our environment.” 

Recognised with a Gold Green Tourism Award, Ten Hill Place is committed to doing what it can to ensure that its operations have as little impact as possible on the environment.

Scott added: “Getting rid of plastic bottles is a simple, but highly impactful, step towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve already made lots of positive changes over the years, and will be making more in the near future.”

The hotel already has low flow showers and high efficiency boilers to manage resources more effectively. Ten Hill Place also sources local and seasonal Scottish ingredients where possible to reduce air miles in transporting food.