Welcome to Hotel Honeybee
Such a lovely place, Plenty of room at Hotel Honeybee Hotel, Any time of year, You can find it here ... You can check-out any time you like ... And unlike in The Eagles' "Hotel California," here you CAN leave. That's the whole idea.
Recognizing that habitat loss has been a leading cause for the decline in wild bee populations, The Fairmont, Washington, D.C., Georgetown has been supporting honey bee health since 2008 when it installed honeybee hives on its roof.
"A healthy hive has as many as 60,000 bees living in it, and these bees can produce an average of 800 pounds of honey a year," the Fairmont's resident pollinator promoters Donny Parrella and Elizabeth Teuwen explained.
Thanks to a new partnership between Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Pollinator Partnership, wild mason bees, some of the world's most effective pollinators, can now visit ten new luxurious Fairmont bee hotels around the country. Inspired by local surroundings, here the hotel's design features the Washington Monument. Each little nesting hole holds 8-10 eggs and when fully occupied, the bees close the opening with a waxy door.
"Often we hear people complain that they are afraid when they see a bee in the garden but the reality is that not seeing a bee in a garden is a much scarier proposition," said Laurie Adams, executive director, Pollinator Partnership. "Bee visits are critical to most flowering plants, and vital to healthy ecosystems and agriculture.
To raise further awareness about the importance of bees in American food systems, executive chef Mark Timms has developed special menu items at Juniper with ingredients that rely on bees for pollination.
For more information on Fairmont's Bee Sustainable initiative and the importance of both honeybees and wild mason bees in the United States visit The Fairmont.