Sustainable & Social

Well done! – this is the denominator we use for all our sustainable and social initiatives. On this page, you will find more information about our socially responsible initiatives.

A long time ago, Stayokay made a conscious commitment to sustainable entre­preneur­ship, which is beneficial for society and the environ­ment. We strive to become the Netherlands’ most sustainable ho(s)tel chain, as well as a CO2-neutral organisation. Stayokay works hard to save energy and water and to reduce waste. Health and wellness (for our guests and our colleagues) are on our agenda too.

Stayokay battles against the plastic soup!

Did you know that the average person throws away around 80 plastic water bottles a year? Let’s do something about it! Our project Message on a Bottle has been nominated for the Hostelling International Sustainability Fund. With the prize money (€11,000), we would like to invest in water taps in our hostels and in stimulating our guests to use reusable water bottles.

A climate-neutral stay

Will you help us?

By paying an extra fee of €0.20 per person per night when booking your stay, you can compensate for your stay’s CO2 emission. We use the total amount to make all energy green; we invest it in wind power. By using green energy, we directly decrease our impact on the natural resources of the earth and our CO2 emission is lowered. Will you help us?

Want to know more? Read it here.

Energy, water, waste and health & wellness

Stayokay’s sustainable themes

These are the four main themes of our programm Well done! and they play an important part in Stayokay’s CSR policy. For each main theme, objectives have been set that contribute to a more sustainable Stayokay. All Stayokay’s employees also have joined forces and are thinking along. This is why one of Stayokay’s ambitions is: becoming the most sustainable ho(s)tel chain in the Netherlands!

WaterSpaarders (WaterSavers): will you make a difference?

Taking a 5-minute shorter shower = less waste of energy

The WaterSpaarders programme has the objective to encourage people to take shorter showers. Taking a 5-minute shower is plenty, and, by doing this, we can save a lot of (hot) water and therefore energy together! Our hostels have organised fun workshops for children, pupils and their parents to make them aware of this.

Become a WaterSpaarder!

Delicious and fair-trade food & drink

Tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner

After a wonderful day full of adventure, you can enjoy one of our delicious sustainable meals that have been prepared with care. You can enjoy a breakfast buffet, a lunch buffet or packed lunch or a delicious 3-course dinner buffet with an extensive range of organic products. Of course, we don't like wasting food, so take an extra trip to the buffet rather than putting too much on your first plate. Stayokay represents sustainable meals with good quality.

European Eco-label

The number-one label for environmentally friendly products and services

In 2008, Stayokay was the first accommodation provider to receive the European Eco-label. This is the number-one label for environmentally friendly products and services, which means our operational management is environmentally friendly. For example, we separate waste, use wind energy and all our printed materials comply with a quality seal.

Stay4all. Everyone to school camp

Everyone along for school camp and family trip

Thanks to the Stay4all Foundation, every child can join a school camp, no one will stay behind. It happens more and more often that parents cannot afford the cost of a school camp for their child(ren). To ensure that a class goes on camp completely, the Stay4all Foundation pays for the stay for these children. The foundation also ensures that families living in poverty in the Netherlands can still enjoy a short holiday at Stayokay.

Companies that book Stayokay’s meeting rooms automatically support Stay4all; for each participant, one euro goes to this good cause. Members who have purchased a Stayokay card support the foundation with €2 per card. Guests can also make a donation during the booking process at