‘Luxury without the guilt’ in Dublin’s zero-carbon hotel

Wren Urban Nest, owned by the directors of recycling and waste management firm KeyWaste and operated by Moran Hospitality, was designed by BDP architects with the latest advanced technology so that it burns no fossil fuels and creates no local pollution

Tracey Moran of Moran Hospitality and Patrick Kavanagh of BDP, Building Design Partnership Ltd architects and engineers: ‘From concept, the idea was to be sustainable so every element throughout was thought about.’ Picture: Andres Poveda

If you want to do your bit for planet Earth, you must stay at the Wren Urban Nest on Andrew’s Lane in Dublin.

Its scheduled opening last October was thwarted by the global pandemic, but the hotel’s single-minded pursuit of sustainability and eco-credential consciousness makes the arrival of this small but uber-smart hotel worth the wait.

Its exterior is modest, a curtain of brick at the entrance facade, not unlike a tree trunk, but with ...