The Barö, Inkoo, Helsinki region
The Barö hotel, opened in summer 2021, embodies a strong commitment to sustainability. By employing modular construction, the hotel reduced its disruption to wildlife, avoiding continuous building noise and minimizing tree cutting. Today, after two years of operation, wildlife thrives, with deer often seen near the hotel's panoramic windows.
The Barö features 18 separate accommodation rooms which fit around 45 guests in total, and includes two meeting spaces and the environmentally conscious The Berg restaurant. "At The Berg, we pride ourselves on offering sustainable cuisine crafted from local ingredients or those sourced from trusted suppliers", says Netta Paavoseppä, Marketing Director and partner of The Barö.
Tranquility stands out as a top priority in the Barö. The hotel premises are located at a short walking distance from the parking lot, and direct vehicle access to the hotel is prohibited, so the noise and vehicular pollution won’t affect the peaceful stay. For those who prefer not to walk, hotel provides an electric vehicle service.
Guests can indulge in carefully curated packages, such as the three-day trip offering sauna visits, dining experiences, boat trips, local beverage tastings, and bike excursions. The hotel actively supports local entrepreneurs in both activity offering and hotel amenities – for example mugs in hotel’s restaurant are hande-made by local artist based in the same municipality. The Barö proudly holds the Green Key certificate, Sustainable Travel Finland label and is part of We Speak Gay and Hotel for Trees networks. Responsible sourcing, biological water treatment, and support for local businesses are key components of their sustainability initiatives.
"As a proud member of the Hotel for Trees network, we make a meaningful contribution to reforestation efforts. For guests staying multiple nights who choose to forgo housekeeping services, we participate in the network's initiative to plant a tree for each unused cleaning, reinforcing our dedication to environmental preservation", adds Paavoseppä.