In hospitality, even if you cover all the bases, you’re usually known for one or two things. When the Caravelle opened, it was known for modern amenities (air-conditioning!). Later, as a haven for journalists in the war. Later still, as a favourite place to meet in the heart of the city.
More recently though, the hotel has earned a new distinguishing feature: sustainability. Not many guests know this, but the Caravelle has done a remarkable job of steering its operations toward the best benchmarks in the industry. We’ve improved everything from waste water recycling, to eco-friendly meetings, to how we contribute to the community.
The Caravelle is the only hotel in Vietnam to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification, a fact all our staff are rightfully proud of.
So naturally, come Earth Hour on March 25, we want to join others in an external demonstration of our internal commitment to the planet. From 8:30pm, we’ll be switching off lights in selected areas. I welcome you to join us by turning off lights in your own room, and lighting one of the candles we’ll prepare in our lobby.
A little earlier in the month, on March 11, we also get involved, but for a different cause. The New Zealand Wine and Food Festival showcases “all that is good about New Zealand”. This year’s theme is ‘Eat - Drink - Give’, and the goal is to raise as much as possible for worthy charities in Vietnam. Our chefs will be manning one of the food tents that afternoon, serving the produce and flavours of New Zealand.
If you’re interested in either of these events, please approach our Concierge desk -- we’ll be glad to tell you more.
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The names of very few hotels evoke such fond, romantic images, and indeed such anticipation, as Caravelle. Its breezy sound recalls its inspiration: the Iberian caravelas, or as the French called them, caravelles; fast, light 15th-century sailing ships that explored the world in search of foreign trade, adventure and new horizons. And perhaps it’s no coincidence that Air France, which held a stake in the original building, and had its offices there since its opening, had also recently begun operating a fancy new jet airliner of the same name.
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