the thoughtful hotelier
member newsletter

Issue 1

Dear Valpas member,

As you well know, we exist to advance thoughtful travel. On the surface, it means enabling every traveller to enjoy the living world with confidence. But at root, ‘enjoying the world’ means that first there needs to exist a world worth enjoying. And ‘with confidence’ means that there needs to be confidence over time that our travels can regenerate the living world, rather than consume it.

This is not easy - and marinating in the bad news media so often feeds us makes it just worse. That’s why we started this member newsletter. Twice a month, together with a bulletin of new members and selected close-up stories of the 150+ strong community, we will share positive news from the worlds of travel, design, technology and science. Stories that animate, rather than debilitate. Always inspirational, occasionally actional. We hope you will find joy in it.

- Martim


Member stories

Xavier Hue

General Manager
Le Pigalle, Paris

Xavier found a surprising way of using their Valpas membership to benefit the OTA bookings of the hotel – and has had higher occupancies than his peers ever since. Read the whole story and get to know the brain behind the cool and hip Le Pigalle.  

Read the story


Member community in the news

Our founder-CEO Martim sat down with Petri Burtsoff from Monocle24 Radio to talk about the origin story of Valpas, Helsinki, and future directions in travel. Tune in for the brief recording over a black espresso.

Listen on Spotify
Listen on M24 Radio


New member hotels

Bob W. Madrid Chueca, Madrid

Cofounded by Airbnb superhost Niko Karstikko, Bob W is an innovative concept of apartments with hotel-like amenities. The brand double offsets carbon emissions and rooms go through a 'ridiculously clean' 63-step cleaning process. 

follow @bobwco


RUNO, Porvoo

A long-time dream for cofounder-CEO Erkka Hirvonen, RUNO is a passion project of timeless style. Already a landmark in Porvoo, a 45 minute drive east from Helsinki, the team turned a 100-years-old historical building into a dreamy space full of Finnish art.

follow @runohotelporvoo


The Barö, Barösund 

The Barö has been turning heads left and right since opening in the Finnish archipelago in summer 2021. Cofounder Jussi Paavonseppä got the vision for the wood-built 'Nordic bungalow' hotel when his eyes met the perfect rock while sailing. Expect serenity, sauna and serendipity.   

follow @thebarohotel



The thoughtful reading list

🥤 Coca-Cola will make at least 25% of their packaging reusable by 2030... 

🚀 Hotels in Singapore to start tracking carbon emissions in 2023, aim to have net-zero emissions by 2050...  

🌲 The world’s first nomadic hotel concept aims to reconnect travellers with nature...  

✈️ Denmark promises zero-emission flights by 2030...  

🏙️ NYC’s first net-zero carbon community brings housing to the storm-ravaged neighbourhood...  

🚘 Barcelona-style “superblocks”  can be the future of greener and less car-centric cities...  

💡 How Blockchain and NFTs could meet physical travel...  

🍃 Forest schools help children reconnect with nature and are very popular in the UK...   

📸 Travel photographers of the Year 2021 will wake interest in getting out there again...   

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