Good practice business KINSTERNA HOTEL

Contributor Herbert Hamele
Country Greece
  • ETGG2030-GP
Postal address Agios Stefanos, 23070 Monemvasia
Release date 08/04/2022
Landscape type Coastal
  • Cultural Heritage, Life Styles & Diversity
GSTC Criteria for Industry
  • A7 Buildings and infrastructure
  • A7.3 Sustainable practices and materials
  • B3 Local purchasing
  • C2 Protecting cultural heritage
  • C3 Presenting culture and heritage
Marketplace category Accommodation Providers Accommodation Providers
Type Best Practice Business (Best Practice Business)
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Protected areas nearby:

Rock of Monemvasia; Elafonisos;

Gerakas fjord

Certifying body:

Green Key


Outstanding contributions

The Kinsterna hotel is based in a restored manor house close to the popular cultural and coastal destination of Monemvasia. On its website the hotel links together its history, overall philosophy and approach to sustainability. Certification by Green Key is one part of this. Much emphasis is placed on the heritage of the building and site, with careful restoration using local and natural building materials: slate, cypress wood, pebbles, marble, old hand-made tiles, ceramics and reeds from nearby wetlands. The gardens have native plants and herbs and the swimming pools are filled with fresh running water from the cistern.

Local traditions have been carried forward in the operation of the hotel. These include harvesting grapes and making wine and tsipouro brandy, gathering olives and producing olive oil, weaving fabrics and making soap. Many craftspeople from the surrounding area have been involved. Over 90% of all employees are from the local area.

Key SDGs related to this action


See: Tourism for SDGs - Recommendations for Companies