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Responsible practices for
Sustainable Tourism

At The Hotel Maria, sustainability measures are an inherent aspect of our operational framework, and sustainable development encompasses our entire business operations. We are committed to the continuous improvement of our practices, thereby promoting sustainable tourism. 

Green Key certificate

In recognition of our sustainability efforts, The Hotel Maria has been awarded the Green Key certificate. Green Key is the world’s leading sustainability program and certification in the tourism industry, with criteria based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. There are already over 5000 Green Key-certified locations in 60 different countries. As part of the Green Key sustainability program, The Hotel Maria commits to the continuous development of its operations and reports on this in conjunction with its annual renewal application.

The Hotel Maria will continue to develop new practices, involve staff and guide customers towards sustainable choices. Compliance with the criteria as well as the quality of operations is verified through regular, on-site audits. The certificate is awarded by an external, independent Green Key jury.

Historical architechture

The Hotel Maria is located within four historically prominent buildings protected by the Finnish Heritage Agency, where hotel operations have given the structures a new life. The extensive renovation of the buildings represents a cultural achievement, meticulously preserving and restoring original details such as old wooden doors, windows and ornate plasterwork, executed with professionalism and craftsmanship. This restoration was supervised by the Finnish Heritage agency.

Local and nordic

The Hotel Maria engages local suppliers whenever possible. Our restaurants feature seasonal, organic and high-quality products sourced directly from local producers. Our fine dining restaurant Lilja’s wild fish are caught by local fishermen, with reindeer meat sourced from a farm in Sodankylä and ginger grown in Tampere, to name a few examples. A collaboration with Green City Farm enables us to offer freshly harvested ecologically grown vegetables and herbs directly from field to  table during the harvest season. Green City Farm is an ecological garden located within the Perho Business College Malmi campus.

The Hotel Maria proudly features a curated selection of wines with a strong emphasis on sustainability. Over 40% of our wine list is dedicated to organically farmed, naturally produced and artisanally crafted wines, exemplified by producers like Remelluri, Anna Maria Abbona, Louis Latour and Georg Mosbacher. These producers prioritize a minimal chemical approach, focusing on the needs and challenges of plants rather than resorting to unnecessary treatments or fertilizers.

minimising environmental impact

From the inception of The Hotel Maria, sustainability has been at the forefront. During the renovation and construction project, solutions to minimise energy and water consumption were incorporated. State-of-the-art technology is employed for heating control and food waste monitoring. We diligently sort and recycle waste, and proactive measures consider packaging materials during procurement. All our choices prioritise longevity, durability and quality.


At The Hotel Maria, we prioritise the wellbeing of our employees. Our hotel is a safe, equal and culturally diverse workplace where our professionals take pride in their work. Together with our partners, we contribute to social and economic wellbeing in our community.

Your choice

By choosing The Hotel Maria, you are making a responsible decision. We support and encourage our guests to take part in our responsible practices by providing information, and our staff is available to gladly answer any questions.

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