The Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl located in Switzerland has recently been awarded the highly-coveted Swiss Solar Award 2011, Milestone 2011 Tourism Award and the PlusEnergieBau (PEB) Solar Award 2011, the only prize in the world for buildings that generate more energy than they consume. The 104-year old Berghotel underwent extensive renovations during 2010 to transform it into an environmental-friendly location, giving rise to the first plus-energy hotel in the Alps. The hotel's recent success demonstrates that luxury accommodation can be implemented within the framework of a plus-energy building concept even at 2,456 meters (8,058 ft) above sea level.

The hotel's renovations has led to a 64 percent reduction in its overall energy consumption, dropping from 436,000 kWh per annum to 157,400 kWh per annum. Whilst the previous annual energy requirements of approximately 40,000 liters (10,567 US gallons) of heating oil and 36,600 kWh per year of household and operating electricity are now entirely covered by solar energy. Hot water is obtained by means of solar energy produced by the 60 sq.meters (646 sq.ft) of pipe solar collectors, while sixteen thermal loops supply the entire building with geothermal energy and all the electricity needed is generated by a photovoltaic system that extends 228 meters (741 ft) along the railway line. Any excess of solar energy is then stored in the ground via the thermal loops.

The Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl offers guests luxury Swiss stone pine accommodation and mountain dining with an extensive terrace for guests to relax and linger in the warm Alpine sun whilst enjoying an unrestricted view of the Alpine scenery. In winter, Muottas Muragl is a great destination for snowshoeing, winter hiking and tobogganing, with a 4.5 km (2.8 mile) high-speed toboggan run that lets visitors race down through a height difference of 705 meters (2,313 ft). In summer, Muottas Muragl offers hiking and many outdoor family activities or is simply some fresh air and relaxation.

Prices at the Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl start at approximately US$299 per night per couple.

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