A King size bed with white sheets, a grey duvet, and white and green pillows sits up against a wall on the right hand side. Warmly lit lamps are on bedside tables flanking the bed. There is a window on the far end, with greenery and plants outside and sunlight peaking through. A cozy white robe is hung up on the left-hand side of the frame. The sustainable eco-friendly hotel room looks very inviting.


Top 10 Sites for Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Accommodation

If you’re looking for organized self-guidedprivate, or small-group trips that already include sustainable accommodation, we’ve got you covered! On the other hand, if you’re looking to plan your trip completely on your own, accommodation is one of the big ticket items you’ll need to book.

Traditional hotel and accommodation booking sites have a problem. If you’re a traveler in search of environmentally friendly lodging, you may have noticed what it is: they don’t focus on sustainability. “Focus” is actually a strong word – most don’t even have a ‘green’, ‘eco’, or ‘sustainable’ filter for their myriad listings. 

Yet, sustainable travel options are becoming a more pressing need for travelers as concern for our planet increases. Booking.com's Sustainable Travel Report 2023 states that:

76% of global travelers want to travel more sustainably over the coming 12 months.

Where the major booking platforms fall short in catering to conscientious travelers, a slew of innovative startups and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) are working hard to fill the gap. And, it’s important to fill that gap because accommodation is one of the biggest expenditures for tourists. In other words, if you’re booking travel all on your own (i.e. not a multi-day tour package), sustainable accommodation is one of the best ways you can “vote with your wallet” on the type of change you want to see.

We know that sites like Booking.com and Expedia have a variety of great deals on accommodations as well as flights, car rentals, and attractions – making them a convenient option. We also know that many travelers opt for Airbnbs. But, if you want a more eco-friendly stay for your next vacation, keep reading to discover great alternative booking sites.

What are eco-friendly accommodations? 

There is no hard and fast rule as to what makes an accommodation eco-friendly. There are numerous rating systems, certifications, and criteria that might be followed by hotels and other types of lodging. One way to distinguish an eco lodging though is to see if they are taking visible and viable steps to reduce their environmental impact. 

Sustainable Travel in 2022

2022 Sustainable Travel Report by Booking.com shows that 81% of global travelers think sustainable travel is important, with 70% saying they would be more likely to book sustainable accommodation. Travelers who stayed in a sustainable accommodation within the last year reported wanting to reduce their impact on the environment (41%), have a more local experience (33%), and treat the surrounding community better (31%). On the other hand, among travelers who did not stay at sustainable accommodations, 31% reported that they didn’t even know sustainable accommodations existed. This is down from 36% the year prior, and while it reflects increase awareness and demand for sustainable properties, it also shows a big gap left to fill.

Sustainable Travel in 2023

Booking.com publishes a new report each year - so what were some of the important stats from the 2023 Sustainable Travel Report?

For starters, 80% of travelers surveyed confirmed that "traveling more sustainably is important to them," with 76% saying they want to "travel more sustainably over the coming 12 months."

When it comes to accommodation specifically, 59% of travelers want to "filter their options for those with a sustainable certification" and 64% "would feel better about staying in a particular accommodation if they knew it had a sustainable certification or label." Yet, 39% of travelers surveyed reported not trusting sustainable travel labels.

With this in mind, we must balance being skeptical with being open-minded towards companies who really are trying to make a difference. Below, we've rounded up sites that we think are setting a good example in this space.

Top Sites for Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Accommodations:

  1. Bookitgreen
  2. Bookdifferent
  3. Wayaj
  4. Kind Traveler
  5. Fairbnb
  6. Regenerative Travel
  7. Ecobnb
  8. EcoHotels
  9. Green Pearls
  10. socialbnb
The eco-travel sites we have listed below make it easier for you to find these types of accommodations. They take the guesswork out so you can save time and get to what you love quicker: traveling!

1. Bookitgreen

Discover the environmentally friendly way to travel in accommodations worldwide. 

Accommodations: in Europe

Logo for the company Bookitgreen, a green circle with a white line representing a house with a leaf inside of it.

Bookitgreen brings together eco-friendly hotels and other types of accommodations throughout Europe for sustainable travelers. Their accommodations are engulfed in nature and vary from cottages and organic farms to holiday homes and apartments. You can find their green accommodations in Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Each accommodation is rated based on 15 sustainability criteria such as energy-saving lighting and the use of ecological cleaning products. Depending on how many criteria the accommodation meets, it is awarded one to five green leaves. This makes it simple for guests to know how sustainable an accommodation is.

A red farm on a grassy green hill covered in small yellow flowers, with a blue sky overhead, in Mühlingen, Germany.

Site experience: 

The default way to search is by type of accommodation (“Hotel & BNB”, “Holiday Home”) which feels a little awkward. You can search by destination though by scrolling down past the fold. When you click on listings, you may be taken to the partner site to book with them directly.

Why book with them?

When you stay in an accommodation listed on Bookitgreen, you save about 6 kilograms of CO2 and 90 liters of water a night. Bookitgreen also plants a tree every year for each accommodation listed on its site. Read more about their approach to sustainability here.

2. Bookdifferent 

Feel good, Stay green.

Accommodations: Worldwide

A screenshot of the homepage for the company Bookdifferent, showing a search bar to enter in dates, destination, travelers, etc. to find responsible accommodations.

Looking for variety? Then bookdifferent may be right for you! 

Founded in 2012, bookdifferent is a Dutch company on a mission to make the travel industry more sustainable. They actually share the same backend database of hotels as Booking.com, but then layer on sustainability indicators.* 

With bookdifferent, you can quickly browse one million responsible accommodations worldwide at an affordable price. They use green indicators including eco-labels, a carbon footprint calculator, and a “staygreencheck” score, which ensures that all accommodations are sustainable and eco-certified. This score is calculated based on four pillars of sustainability:

  1. Management: Effective sustainable management and compliance with the law
  2. Fair & Local: Fair and equal treatment for employees and destinations
  3. Culture Friendly: Respect for local traditions
  4. Nature & Environment: Taking care of mother earth 

Site experience:

Search by city, and then sort by the “staygreencheck” score. For each listing, you can see what the carbon impact of your stay will be and which components of the “staygreencheck” they scored well in.

Be aware that some of their listings are marked “no green label” – which is confusing at first glance. This is because bookdifferent does not exclusively show “green” hotels since they share their database with Booking.com.    

While not exclusively “green,” we like bookdifferent because, in addition to having a huge selection, they work with over 30 of the most common eco-labels as a “gatekeeping” requirement. Hotels must have one of these eco-labels before bookdifferent will evaluate them and assign their own “staygreencheck” score. Furthermore, even for hotels with no eco-label, bookdifferent still works to provide a carbon footprint indicator for travelers.

Why book with them?

Bookdifferent is dedicated to making sure that all aspects of your vacation are sustainable. They do this by providing travelers with not only eco-certified hotels but also recommendations for responsible destinations and responsible transportation methods. 

*Bookdifferent is an affiliate of Booking.com, and they’re also a social enterprise (like us!). This means that while they do earn money, their company’s purpose is based on “making the travel sector greener.”

3. Wayaj

Earth Friendly Travel

Accommodations: Worldwide 

A screenshot of the homepage of Wayaj, showing a wooden dock extending over a lake with green trees on both sides and a blue mountain in the background, and the text "Wayaj" across the center in white lettering.

Wayaj is a female-founded sustainable travel platform that offers tools and resources to travelers and tour operators to help them make better ecological choices. They aggregate hundreds of eco-accommodations worldwide for all budgets, and their goal is to help travelers “minimize the environmental impact while maximizing the benefits to local communities.”

Their green hotel rating uses the following seven criteria to score the environmental and social impact of hotels and other forms of travel accommodations:

  1. Materials: The reduction of resource consumption and the purchase of more local and sustainable materials.
  2. Community: The promotion of tourism in locations that support the local community, as well as its people and environment.
  3. Waste: Proper disposal of waste and the promotion of more sustainable disposal options.
  4. Indoors: Boost the quality of the interior environment to ensure guest satisfaction, health, and well-being.
  5. Management: Provide a safe, healthy, and non-discriminatory workplace for all genders, races, religions, and social classes.
  6. Water: Reduce the amount of water used and reuse it where possible. As well as the use of natural water sources and wastewater treatment. 
  7. Energy: Reduce energy consumption and employ clean, renewable sources for the remaining needs.

Site experience:

The accommodations themselves look amazing, but the listings are limited in comparison to larger booking sites; the trickiest part will be finding lodging in the specific destination you have in mind. That’s why we suggest maybe finding your dream accommodation first, and then planning your trip around that! 

Why book with them?

In addition to providing accommodations for all types of travelers, Wayaj also offers eco tools to help you on your journey. Their eco tools include a carbon footprint calculator and a selection of carbon offsetting projects you can donate to.

4. Kind Traveler 

Do More Than Travel

Accommodations: Worldwide

A KindTraveler image showing a white woman holding a brown suitcase standing on a dirt road, with greenery on either sides. White text on screen says "Kind Traveler: do more than travel".

Kind Traveler is a public benefit corporation, and the first socially conscious Give + Get hotel booking and media platform. Booking through Kind Traveler empowers you to “positively impact the communities you visit” by making it simpler than ever to give back and feel good about it when you travel.

They partner with environmentally friendly hotels in the US and worldwide that are making a difference through the promotion of individual wellness, sustainability, and community. Each hotel is given the opportunity to collaborate with a local charity that travelers may choose to donate to.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. Choose the destination and the hotel
  2. Donate to a charity or cause of your choice 
  3. Get exclusive rates on hotels
  4. Explore how to travel kindly

Site experience:

Start your search by clicking “Book Hotel” at the top, since there’s no search bar, then scroll to the destination you want. Current destinations include a handful of major US cities, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Maldives, Belize, Italy, Paris, Guatemala, and Thailand – so this could be a great site to use especially if you’re looking for a beachy vacation.

Why book with them?

Travelers unlock exclusive hotel rates and perks upon a $10 nightly donation to a highlighted local charity that positively impacts the destination visited, or to a charity of choice. No need to worry – 100% of donations are given to the charities!

An image of a blue ocean fading into a misty white horizon, with white text over the blue ocean stating the mission for the company Kind Traveler.

5. Fairbnb

Community Powered Tourism 

Accommodations: in Europe

An image for the company Fairbnb, showing a canal in amsterdam with classic red and white houses in the background, with the text "fairbnb" in green and grey lettering under green lines forming houses above the text.

Similar to Kind Traveler, Fairbnb uses a donation model to give back to local communities. 

They are a cooperative accommodation booking platform that promotes and funds local initiatives and projects in Europe. For every booking you make with Fairbnb, 50% of your booking fees are donated to a community project in the place you visit.

Fairbnb.coop gives travelers and locals the opportunity to participate in a more responsible and sustainable tourism model. When travelers book through this platform, they’re supporting social and ecological projects for a community. Fairbnb.coop works with local authorities to verify hosts, and then stakeholders collaborate to define and prioritize the social projects.

Site experience: 

The homepage feels like a familiar, standard booking site and we like that the drop-down only includes cities they have a presence in. Their destinations include 14 major European cities and a few other European regions, which makes their site a great booking option for a sustainable Euro-city break!

Why book with them? 

Consider booking with Fairbnb if you’re looking for a ‘more ethical version of Airbnb’. They are committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, reinvesting in local communities, and fairly treating hosts and guests while putting people over profit. Read their full manifesto here.

6. Regenerative Travel

Where your travel meets your values

Accommodations: Worldwide

The logo for Regenerative Travel on the left hand side, two R's mirroring each other inside a circle, with the text to the right saying Regenerative on the top and Travel on the bottom; everything is in black on a white background.

Created in 2019, Regenerative Travel brings together upscale, luxury eco-resorts from around the world. 

Each of their 53 Regenerative Resorts is selected based on their dedication to environmental and social impact. Regenerative Travel makes certain that the eco-friendly hotels embody six standards:

  1. Honors place: Ensures the lodgings are well-integrated into the local destination and do not disrupt the local environment, history, and culture.
  2. Provides hospitality: Guests are provided with authentic and personalized experiences. 
  3. Is inclusive and egalitarian: All people are welcome and underrepresented communities are supported. 
  4. Operate responsibly and ethically: Takes into consideration the wellbeing of surrounding communities and ecosystems.
  5. Respects local and global ecosystems: A strong commitment to reducing their environmental impact and monitoring the waste produced from their operations.
  6. Communicates regenerative values & practices: Mutually values Regenerative Travel’s commitment to being a socially and environmentally responsible company. 

You can filter through accommodations ranging from adventure lodges to cozy cabins, to private villas and luxury safari camps. The listings also have thorough details on how the lodging is making a regenerative impact. Most of the resorts are located in the Americas (seven in North America, seven in Central America, and two in South America), followed by nine resorts in Asia. Regenerative Travel also has unique experiences tied to some of their resorts – such as visiting a cinnamon farm or releasing baby sea turtles. 

Don’t miss their online magazine which offers unique travel guides, highlights cuisine from around the world, and gives recommendations on style and wellness as it pertains to travel and sustainability. 

A bungalo over the water with a thatched room and two sunchairs in front on either side of a small table. A small couch is in the background.

Site experience:

This site has a sleek, luxurious feel to it. Begin browsing by clicking “Regenerative Resorts” in the top navigation bar, or searching by region in the search bar. Based on the highly curated selection, this might be another site to let your luxurious resort or regenerative experience decide where you book your next trip.

Why book with them?

Sustainable travel doesn’t mean you have to skimp on comfort and luxury. When you book with Regenerative Travel, you can discover high-end hotels & resorts dedicated to making a positive impact. If you want to feel good and do good when you stay in an accommodation, Regenerative Travel is the way to go. 

7. Ecobnb

Discover the Authenticity of Travelling with Nature at Heart

Accommodations: Worldwide

A screenshot of the homepage of Ecobnb showing a search bar where travelers can enter in their destinatino, dates, and traveler numbers to find sustainable accommodation. The background photo is of a wooden house in the forest.

Ecobnb is a platform dedicated to changing the way we travel. Initially, an Italian blog that told ecotravel stories, Ecobnb evolved into a booking platform in 2015. Then in 2017, they received an award for excellence and innovation in tourism from the UNWTO. 

From bio hotels to treehouses, they offer a variety of eco-friendly accommodations that follow sustainability requirements. They also pride themselves on helping their guests save an average of 8 kg of CO2 and 302 liters of fresh water each night they stay in an Ecobnb accommodation.

Accommodations listed on the site must meet at least five of 10 sustainability requirements. Some of these requirements include car-free accessibility, water flow reducers, and eco-cleaning products. From the sustainability criteria, Ecobnb calculates the number of trees saved when you book with them using the platform How Many Trees

A small wooden house sits on a green field under a partly cloudy sky, this is the Sant’Egle Eco BIO Resort in Sorano Italy.

Site experience:

Browse by destination using the search bar on the home page. The listings are concentrated mostly in Italy and France (and in some surrounding countries) – so start with this site if either of those countries is your destination.

Why book with them?

Ecobnb is an award-winning platform with simple-to-understand sustainability criteria. As the ‘largest sustainable tourism community,’ they are highly accredited and their accommodations have numerous certifications. They also have a “Green, Clean, & Safe” charter you can read here if you want more information on their efforts.

8. EcoHotels

A Booking Site with a Heart

Accommodations: Worldwide in these countries

A screenshot of the Ecohotels.com homepage with a search bar showing destinations, dates, and traveler numbers. The search bar is below the ecohotels.com logo text, and it's all overlaid on an image of a lake with mountains in the background and a woman with long hair standing center frame with her back to the camera.

EcoHotels was founded in 2020 with a mission to become a sustainable alternative to the large online travel agencies dominating accommodation booking online. Therefore, they only work with hotels that are eco-certified and are 100% committed to sustainability.  

Site experience: 

The homepage looks and feels very modern. Search across their more than 20,000 hotels – significantly more than some other eco-booking sites –  in over 150 countries to find the right fit for you.

Expect to see some big hotel names, and remember that every hotel listed on EcoHotels has obtained Global Sustainable Tourism Council certification (this is the “gateway” requirement) for joining their platform*. It can be difficult to see what types of sustainability criteria, initiatives, or certificates apply to a certain hotel until you’re on a search result page or have clicked on a specific hotel listing. For hotels that go above and beyond the GSTC certification, you can open a dropdown to see the sustainability initiatives when you’re looking at the listing page.

*In the wake of Covid, some hotels have sincere reasons that have made becoming certified challenging. Hotels that are not yet certified as sustainable accommodations are clearly labeled and have promised to become certified soon, or they’ll be removed from the platform.

EcoHotels is committed to supporting reforestation, increasing biodiversity, and removing plastic waste from oceans for every booking made on their site. Despite needing to do some digging to find the specific sustainability information per accommodation, they’re still a great option if you’re looking for certified green lodging.

Why book with them? 

EcoHotels ensures the highest standards when it comes to their hotels. They are committed to giving travelers a good experience and a comfortable stay with sustainability at the forefront. For every booking made, they plant a tree to aid reforestation. They also fight plastic pollution in Bali to help fight their “trash emergency”. In collaboration with Plastic Exchange Bali, EcoHotels helps people trade plastic in exchange for rice. Read more about their initiatives here.

 9. Green Pearls

Travel Consciously to the Best Hotels in the World 

Accommodations: Worldwide

The company Green Pearls logo shows the text of their company name above the text Unique Places and below a green letter G where the inside of the G is a circle resembling a pearl.

Green Pearls offers travelers unique green hotels from around the world. The eco-hotels listed on their site are chosen based on their sustainable initiatives and green projects. Hotels listed must also fulfill at least 80% of the 14 Green Pearls requirements in categories such as:

  • Management plan
  • Architecture
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Water Consumption
  • Energy Consumption
  • Waste Management
  • And more 

Their 12 environmentally friendly hotel types include boutique hotels, wellness hotels, and wedding hotels just to name a few (they even have vegan hotels!). Vacation rentals are also available if you’re looking for a more cozy feel.

Site experience: 

Scroll below the beautiful slider to find the search bar. When you search, it will scan all of their hotels, blog posts, sustainable projects, and more. The site is in English but you’ll notice a strong German influence (not everything is translated) – and will find the most accommodation options if you’re looking to travel to Germany

Each hotel listing has green icons to indicate an area of sustainability, though it’s a little hard to tell what each icon specifically represents. Once you click into the listing, you’ll see the Green Pearls score and plenty of details about their sustainability initiatives. There’s also a section that provides more context about the lodging, such as if it contributes to a local social project or was rebuilt after a disaster.

Why book with them?

If you’re looking for stylish and well-situated hotels and vacation rentals encapsulated by nature and great for all budgets, this is the site for you. Green Pearls helps you to find hidden gems at an affordable price. You can feel great about staying in their hotels since each one supports important regional social, environmental, or wildlife projects.

10. socialbnb

Travel with Impact

Accommodations: Worldwide in these countries

A blue ocean extends past a green tree covered hill, and on the blue horizon of the sky is black text stating "Travel with Impact". Below is a search bar to enter in a destination and search for sustainable accommodation.

Socialbnb launched in 2021 aiming to build a "community-oriented way of experiencing places and cultures" wherein guests booking through their site support local projects regarding nature and animal protection efforts, education, and equality. How it works is travelers book a stay at a social or ecological project, they have an immersive experience wherein they get to know locals onsite, and support the region by directly contributing to the local projects. On socialbnb you can find B&Bs, homestays, holiday rentals, glamping, tents, campsites, van pitches, whole houses, converted boats, hotels, and hostels.

As a passionate social business, socialbnb prides itself on transparency including telling travelers where their money goes and publishing a publicly available impact report each year.

For stays to be listed on their platform, over 20 criteria are looked at covering topics like:

  • Solution of a problem
  • Organizational culture
  • Empowerment
  • Transparency
  • Ecology
  • Volunteering
  • Protection
  • External representation

Site experience: 

From the homepage, when you click into the search bar, several countries will pop up, or you can type in your destination. Selecting a country will automatically open up the search results page. Alternatively, if you click "Find your accommodation," a map will appear showing prices and accommodations available around the world. On each stay, the type of impact projects supported will be indicated, for example, "Education" and "Equality". You can learn more about the initiatives on the accommodation listing page, discover if you can visit the project your stay will be supporting, and even make a one-off donation to the project.

A few considerations:

  • While they have around 250 accommodations in nearly 40 countries, these can be a bit spread out, meaning if you have a specific city or country in mind, you may not find an available stay.
  • Typing in France, as an example, resulted in a page with 6 accommodations, but actually the accommodations were not in France. This was a little unclear because there wasn't explicit messaging that there are not results in France, rather they show the closest accommodations nearby (in Italy and Germany, for example).
  • Coverage seems a bit spotty. For example, they have accommodations in Spain and Portugal, but not in France or the UK. This should improve with time as the site grows.

Why book with them?

Use socialbnb for your next vacation if you believe that real connections between people have the power to positively change the world, and if you believe that tourism should provide positive value to local communities. Booking accommodation with socialbnb will ensure you contribute more to a destination than just visiting it: You'll have a meaningful experience, be exposed to inspiring projects, have take part in an authentic travel experience with a long-lasting positive Impact.

Discover responsible package trips that already include sustainable accommodations.

Which booking site is best for you?

You can’t go wrong when booking with any of these eco-friendly accommodation sites. But, if you’re wondering which website you should use, it depends on what matters to you most and what you’re looking for on your next vacation.

Do you prefer a modern hotel in the heart of the city or a rustic vacation rental in the countryside? A secluded beachfront resort or an eco-lodge surrounded by lush greenery? Or, maybe you’re still not sure. Here are our takeaways to help you decide which sustainable accommodation site(s) may be best for you. 

Based on what you’re looking for:

  • Vacation rentals: Ecobnb, Fairbnb
  • Eco hotels: Kind Traveler, Ecohotels, Green Pearls  
  • Luxury getaway: Regenerative Travel
  • A little bit of everything: Bookitgreen, Bookdifferent, Wayaj, socialbnb

Based on where you’re going:

  1. Bookitgreen: Western Europe (Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, & Switzerland)
  2. Bookdifferent: Worldwide, 1M+ listings
  3. Wayaj: Worldwide, hundreds of listings
  4. Kind Traveler: Popular US cities and states (about 10 of each), 8 select global destinations
  5. Fairbnb: Major European cities
  6. Green Pearls: Germany
  7. Regenerative Travel: Worldwide, 50+ listings
  8. Ecobnb: Italy, France
  9. EcoHotels: Worldwide, 20K+ listings
  10. socialbnb: Worldwide in nearly 40 countries, ~250 listings

Based on what each eco-booking site is doing to help the planet:

  1. Bookitgreen: Each traveler saves on average 90 liters of water and 6 kilograms of CO2 per night. They also plant a tree every year for each accommodation listed on their site. 
  2. Bookdifferent: Travelers can search for plastic-free accommodations and they also offer recommendations to help travelers become more responsible.
  3. Wayaj: They provide travelers with a carbon footprint calculator and carbon footprint projects to donate to in order to reduce their CO2 emissions. 
  4. Kind Traveler: When you book with them, a $10 nightly donation will be given to a charity of your choice. 
  5. Fairbnb: 50% of booking fees will be donated to a community project in the destination you visit. 
  6. Green Pearls: They make sure that each accommodation follows at least 80% of their 14 sustainability requirements to ensure that it is truly sustainable. 
  7. Regenerative Travel: To join the platform, hotels must follow a rigorous application process and must abide by the six sustainability criteria, which include respecting the local & global ecosystems.
  8. Ecobnb: They calculate how many trees you save when you stay in one of their accommodations.
  9. EcoHotels: For every booking made, they plant a tree to combat deforestation.
  10. socialbnb: They support local community impact projects regarding nature and animal protection, education, and equality.

This post may contain affiliate links. This means that we may receive a small commission, if you purchase something from a partner site, at no additional cost to you.

Former sites we included in this post, but which seem to no longer exist, include BecoStay and myecostay.

This post was originally published on Aug. 31, 2021, and updated in June 2023.


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Leleti Phillips

Leleti works on Digital Marketing for Yugen Earthside. She first caught the travel bug in 2017 when she studied abroad in Paris and now she's eager to see the rest of the world. She's visited seven countries so far and plans to catch up with the rest of the team's country counts soon.