Castilla Termal Hotels has made a firm commitment to sustainability in all areas of the business, including economics, the environment and social responsibility.
Our hotels have an advanced internal system through which we can monitor and control all environmental indicators. Thanks to this system, we can verify compliance with all objectives and identify opportunities for improvement.
We guarantee complete environmental protection. Our priority is to monitor all guidelines to achieve our targets through previously researched directives. Protection requires a permanent and responsible commitment from all of us.
Information is power. From the amount in litres of water that fills our swimming pools to the consumption rate per guest per night. Everything is recorded and then analysed, thus optimising energy and water consumption.n.
We comply with current legislation. You can be sure that our hotels adhere to all environmental regulations and laws at all times. For a green future!
We promote training, spreading awareness and participation in our environmental commitment to both our team and external staff who work with us and our customers. To succeed in our commitment as a team in a coordinated way.
Our first hotel, Castilla Termal Olmedo, was established and with it, the 4 Castilla Termal pillars: Heritage, Thermal Waters, Rural Areas and Sustainability.
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Castilla Termal Hotels becomes the pioneer hotel chain in terms of responsible management of water resources in its establishments.
Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma is opened, which is based in an iconic 16th Century building, the former University of Santa Catalina, and maintains its original plateresque facade and Renaissance courtyard.
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Castilla Termal Hotels promotes training programmes for the advancement of local employment in rural areas surrounding their establishments.
Castilla Termal Solares, located in a large forest of ancient trees, opens its doors after undergoing restoration, which preserved the splendour of the iconic Belle Époque building.
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The first biomass boiler in the Castilla Termal Olmedo chain is installed, a fundamental pillar for heat production using the renewable resources provided by the environment.
Energy self-sufficiency systems are implemented in all of the chain’s hotels, reducing CO2 emissions by 75%.
The first 100% sustainable hotel is established, Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena, in the Milla de Oro (Golden Mile) in Ribera del Duero. It supplies itself with energy through the use of renewable energies and its own heat production.
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A smart swimming pool water recycling system is implemented at Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena. This water is used in the hotel’s cisterns and for irrigation.
The consumption rates required to enrol in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment’s Carbon footprint registry are met in all of the chain’s hotels, thus earning the “Calculation seal” (sello “Calcula”).
Measurement and analysis systems are installed in all of the hotels, with integrated electrical analysers in the switchboards of the installations, gathering data to diagnose faults and consumption deviations at each hotel.
The quantity of plastic thrown away on a daily basis means that a re-evaluation of the consumption model is required. Therefore, Castilla Termal Hotels removes all single-use plastics from its establishments.
A smart lighting system is installed at Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma. This manages the hotel’s lighting output, with areas and schedules depending on the amount of natural light.
The domestic hot water installation is replaced with instant production at Castilla Termal Olmedo, cutting heat consumption by reducing unnecessary water accumulation.
We start purchasing green energy, electricity that comes from 100% renewable energies and is considered carbon-free; therefore, zero CO2 is produced.
In order to achieve a neutral carbon footprint, Castilla Termal Solares and Castilla Termal Brihuega install biomass boilers, covering 100% of the buildings’ heating needs.
At Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena, a sustainable Events Centre is built. It is a building with a green roof and an advanced rainwater recycling system, which allows for improved heat insulation and water savings.
The installation of photovoltaic solar panels will lead to a 67-tonne reduction in CO2 at Castilla Termal Olmedo and 40-tonne reduction in CO2 at Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena.
The opening of Castilla Termal Brihuega, a sustainable hotel with biomass heat production, a swimming pool water recycling system, rainwater recycling system, smart machine-controlled equipment and efficient pumps.
The commitments made to sustainability will help the company to gain the “Reduce Seal” from the Carbon Footprint Registry of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.
The annual reduction in the carbon footprint across all Castilla Termal Hotels establishments through energy savings will help us reach a 0 carbon footprint by 2025.
The actions carried out across all Castilla Termal hotels will help us plan a road map with which we can meet the requirements in the Global Pact on Sustainable Development Goals, established by the United Nations.
The Mudejar Convent of Sancti Spiritus was founded in the first half of the 12th century by the Infanta Dª Sancha de Castilla. Various historical texts mention 1128 as the year it was founded, making it the first female cloistered convent of the Order of Saint Bernard in Spain.
The Santa María de Valbuena monastery was founded on 15 February 1143 by Estefanía de Armengol, daughter of the Count of Urgel and niece of the Count of Ansúrez. Located in the heart of Ribera del Duero, the 12th century Cistercian monastery is currently the best preserved in Europe.
Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma is built over the Renaissance University of Santa Catalina, founded in the 16th century by bishop Pedro Álvarez de Acosta. The hotel layout has been adjusted to this magnificent square building, respecting its original design, structured around the beautiful Renaissance Courtyard.
The first news regarding the existence of a spa in Solares dates back to 1753. In 1827, the first Bath House was built over the natural spring and a year later, it was declared of public utility. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Solares became the first spa resort in Cantabria.
We adhere to the Global Pact on Sustainable Development Goals, established by the United Nations. We have planned a roadmap to work towards peace, prosperity and a healthy planet, with our sights set on the target of the 2030 Agenda.
All of our hotels are based in iconic, historical buildings, which are of great cultural relevance to the surrounding area. They are adaptively re-used, reducing energy consumption, materials and waste.
This leads to the preservation of cultural legacy, an instrument for peace, social cohesion and understanding.
The quantity of plastic thrown away on a daily basis means that a re-evaluation of the consumption model is required.
We have said goodbye to single-use plastics in all of our hotels. Now we have more eco-friendly alternatives that respect the environment. Among other measures, we have replaced single-use plastic bottles in rooms with re-fillable dispensers with natural cosmetics. Bamboo toothbrushes and hairbrushes, razor blades and paper cups are used.
Thanks to a detailed study, we have managed to reduce electricity consumption in our hotels without inconveniencing our guests.
We support and prioritise the use of clean energies, such as geothermal and biomass energy, in addition to using energy-efficient devices, LED lighting and much more.
Numerous innovative technology tools have been implemented in the name of sustainability, guided by the pillars of digitalisation and energy efficiency. Additionally, smart lighting systems have been implemented which adjust to the lighting needs at different times of the day, space occupancy or changes in outdoor light.
Digital control guarantees efficient consumption and energy optimisation.
We support human value in the surrounding areas of all of our hotels and facilities.
98% of our teams are from surrounding areas and we have local accommodation for those who are not. Therefore, we are helping to stabilise population levels in rural areas. We give weight and importance to local producers and artisans, and we greatly reduce carbon footprints by making our employees’ commutes shorter.
We have created our own line of cosmetics, ensuring that all of the products are kind to our customers as well as the planet. Made naturally, free from parabens, silicones and dyes. Additionally, they come in recycled and recyclable plastic packaging.
Our products are triple-certified as Bio, Organic and Vegan, ACENE. This seal guarantees that our cosmetics are made with natural, ‘toxin-free’ ingredients and is proof of our effective progress towards sustainable development.
We separate and recycle all of the waste generated at our hotels. In order to do this, we are supported by both public and private companies. Additionally, we have built compost plants in which we recycle all of our organic waste, which is then used as a fertiliser in our vineyards and organic vegetable gardens. We also work with suppliers on innovation and developing new packaging and sustainable measures.
We promote local produce at each of our hotels. Our menus are designed with consideration for how we can always use the area’s best produce.
Additionally, we have implemented an initiative through which our kitchens are supplied with products that we planted in the organic vegetable garden, located within the hotels’ facilities. A project which allows our guests to taste healthy, good-quality cooking.
We support new, zero-emission forms of mobility. We have electric vehicle charging points at our hotels. Our hotels also have space to store and repair bikes. If you ask us, we’ll show you the best routes, and if you don’t have a bike, we can rent them to you.
We want you to feel as if you’re at home in our hotels, that you experience the local culture during your stay. Therefore, we always like to encourage, advertise and promote local activities among our customers.
We have joined the Soria Parkinson’s Association (Asociación Parkinson Soria) initiative with the aim of promoting a circular economy project, collecting and donating bottle corks to recycle them. Cork is a natural material that is obtained in an environmentally-friendly way.
Pomace from our Converso Wines is also used to make body scrubs and the thermal waters from the Sancti Spiritus Natural Spring are used as the basis for our natural cosmetics.
Water is our distinguishing characteristic. This is what make our Tantum experiences so valuable, and what sets us apart. We work with it every day; therefore, we’re working hard to find ways to save it. The result? An annual saving of more than 17 million litres, with which you could fill the Santiago Bernabéu stadium 18 times. Water is the source of life and at Castilla Termal, we don’t want to waste it.
By regulation, we replace 3% of the water in our swimming pools every day. The chain’s greywater recycling system collects, treats, filters and supplies water for the establishment’s toilet system and for irrigating the hotel’s green areas.
In this way, we make the most of water resources, generating a saving of up to 80% in comparison with similar facilities who do not have this system.
Devices have been installed via individual meters for each area to measure and control efficient use. Additionally, they allow potential water leaks to be repaired efficiently.
Energy-efficient systems have been installed in hotel facilities, such as: Water regulators in showers that save 50% of water. Mixer taps with flow limiters. Filters on taps that allow 41% savings. Buttons with half-load function, which save on 50% of consumption.
The green areas of the hotels are managed in a water-efficient way. Therefore, drip irrigation and rain sensors are used so as not to waste water, the vineyard and green areas are irrigated with treated water from the Riaza canal at Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena, the company’s own water supply is used to irrigate green areas in Castilla Termal Olmedo and we promote planting native species that don’t require much more water than that provided by local conditions.
Green roofs have been installed which, in addition to maintaining excellent thermal insulation, collect rainwater and irrigation water for reuse in the irrigation systems.
The natural springs of Fuencaliente at Castilla Termal Solares and of Santa Catalina at Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma supply 100% of their establishments, with no leaks and no waste. In this way, water consumption from the public water supply is avoided.
The salinity in the Sancti Spiritus natural spring at Castilla Termal Olmedo produces natural compounds through saline electrolysis that disinfect the water in the swimming pool, allowing us to avoid chemical products.
Protocols have been established for the purchase and use of efficient and sustainable cleaning products that don’t pollute the water.
A protocol for saving water has been established in the towel and linen washing policy. Additionally, guests can be involved in this initiative by offering them the choice to not have these items replaced every day.
Our Converso Wine is made with grapes from the Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena vineyard. Additionally, the pomace from Monastery grapes is used to make body scrubs and the thermal waters from the Sancti Spiritus Natural Spring are used as the basis for our natural cosmetics.