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Hotels Replacing Bottled Water With Filtered – Good or Bad?

Hotels Replacing Bottled Water With Filtered – Good or Bad?
Ryan Boyd

On LoyaltyLobby, writer Sebastian Powell related a story that reveals a larger trend of hotels making the move to replace bottled water with filtered water:

“I stayed at the Element Kuala Lumpur this week which opened last year and while I’m a big fan of that property I’m not sure what to think about not providing bottled water,” Powell writes. “The property has installed the 3M Water Filtering System in all units but only included one single faucet for it at the kitchenette which means if you need filtered water in the bathroom you have to get yourself a cup from the kitchen.”

Powell posted a screenshot of a notice from Westin about the change:

To read more on this story, go to LoyaltyLobby.

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View Comments (15)


  1. fotographer

    October 26, 2018 at 2:56 am

    prefer bottled water, IHG does a great job of replacing water bottles everyday

  2. downinit

    October 26, 2018 at 5:46 am

    This is absolutely a very good thing. Anyone who has spent any time at any beach, especially in SE Asia, can surely appreciate how out of hand the plastic pollution issue has become. Even uninhabited islands in the middle of the ocean are being covered with plastic waste, much of it in the form of plastic bottles and caps.

    Alternately, many hotels in cities without potable tap water provide glass bottles that are filled with filtered water. The assumption being that the glass will be recycled/reused. We need to pan these plastic bottles completely, as humans have demonstrated that they are not equipped to handle the responsibility of properly disposing of their trash (not to mention the fact that no one really even knows what to do with all the plastic that is sent to be ‘recycled’)

  3. chavala

    October 26, 2018 at 6:00 am

    You have to walk all the way to the kitchen? Well that’s just barbaric

  4. ExplorerWannabe


    October 26, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Absolutely a good thing. The waste involved with individual plastic bottles is just ridiculous.

  5. txpenny

    October 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Plastic bottles NEED to go by way of the dinosaur.

  6. chrisdenver1

    October 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Excellent idea! I only have filtered water from my fridge, which is indeed located in the kitchen of my house. Never thought of that as being inconvenient.

  7. closecover

    October 26, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    So this community, which consists of people who fly all over the world rather than conducting meetings by teleconference, is worried about plastic’s effect on the environment? The invention of plastic is one of the great breakthroughs in societal history. We should take more care in disposing plastic bottles rather than just banning them outright.

  8. ilcannone

    October 27, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Anyone who believes this is a bad idea and prefer bottled over this really needs a reality check.

  9. LimaFoxtrotRomeo

    October 27, 2018 at 2:50 am

    The contents of many brands of store bought (plastic) bottled water is just filtered tap water anyway. So I think this is a good thing to give guests the same product in a less destructive container. Though what would be even better is hotels in cities with perfectly safe tap water having signs saying that the water is fine to drink and not providing free bottled water at all. I mean how on earth did humanity survive up until about 20 years ago when some marketing genius decided to sell an (almost) free commodity at a thousand-fold markup? I guess the answer is by perpetuating fear via the myth that tap water in developed countries is actually really really unsafe!

  10. vanillabean

    October 27, 2018 at 4:32 am

    The EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) set of rules for tap water is much more strict than those of the FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) for bottled water. On top of that, an estimated 60-70% of bottled water is not covered by FDA rules.

    Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. Only about 25% of the plastic produced in the U.S. is recycled. If we recycled the other 75% we could save 1 billion gallons of oil and 44 million cubic yards of landfill space annually.

  11. djjaguar64

    October 27, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Plastic bottle are not good for your body!

  12. corbetti

    October 27, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Oh, right – the famous “what about?” rebuttal. As long as anything anywhere is happening that is not environmentally sustainable, we shouldn’t try to do a think. smh.

  13. 777 global mile hound

    October 27, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I hate water that isn’t bottled as I drink sparkling
    The end result is a bad product with the cheap awful tasting bad quality carbonation
    Still water I don’t care either way if it’s filtered but prefer sealed bottles
    There is no reason that they can’t use glass and recycle
    Know one would put up with this nonsense if it was wine or beer so it’s a double standard
    I get there is a reasonable concern about using plastic or aluminum
    This is all about saving hotels money plain and simple at the end of the day
    just as the push for reusing towels sheets and duvets
    I had sheets and linens not changed between numerous guests due to these policies many times
    Hotels have a horrible reputation for bad cleaning standards
    so many properties won’t end up changing the water filters at appropriate intervals or clean your drinking glasses except with the toilet cleaning brush
    And all these programs to some degree are about fattening the hotels bottom line just like resort and destination fees
    These are to a large degree feel good psychological policies
    I’d put money on it these same people who implement these policies are likely the most polluting least green folks out that saving the world and planet
    Not to say we shouldn’t do something to make an improvement
    How many would go vegetarian to help the world and planet too if hotels implemented it? Meat is bad for the environment and your health

  14. ExplorerWannabe


    October 27, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    @closecover I don’t think anyone here is talking about banning plastic or even plastic bottles. IMO, they’re just pointless waste in any municipality with modern water delivery systems. Even in the case of traveling to India, I’d rather use my Sawyer mini filter on tap water than keep dumping plastic bottles in the environment.


    October 28, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Club Quarters hotels (more for business travelers) have stations where you can fill a water bottle with cold, filtered water on each floor. You can screw on a cap to create a portable water bottle, which you could definitely refill (the mouth doesn’t touch any components of the filler, so it is sanitary).

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