The idea of getting back on the road for work and leisure is on most of our minds. We could all use a getaway from the events of 2020.
However, no matter how much we want to get back to traveling, there may still be concerns in the back of our minds about whether it’s safe to stay in hotels or vacation rentals during this time.
Here is a list of hotels that are doing an excellent job in keeping their patrons safe in states where the coronavirus numbers have been some of the highest in the country.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel
The hotel has temporarily eliminated valet parking and offers masked bell persons and continually disinfected luggage transport. All service personnel throughout the hotel wear masks and have been trained to ensure a clean experience across all surfaces and areas of the property.
Onsite restaurants provide safe indoor and outdoor eating options. With restaurants like, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum bar you can enjoy amazing food in a safe environment. There are mandatory guest screenings, social distancing, and disposable and digital menus among the numerous safety tactics.
Hotel Del Coronado
Located in San Diego, the Hotel Del Coronado is doing amazing things to make sure their hotel is clean and safe for their guests. The check-in is now in an open-air location. Hilton Honors members can take advantage of a contactless arrival and departure with Digital Key. Restaurant menus are disposable or accessed via a QR code.
Also, as part of the Hilton family of hotels, they are following Hilton’s stringent safety guidelines. The Hilton CleanStay program, offered in partnership with the company that makes Lysol and developed with the assistance of global and local public health authorities, includes powerful disinfectant products used throughout every Hilton hotel.
The program includes guest room door seals, extra disinfection, removal of excess in-room amenities, and hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes throughout the resort. They even wrap paper around the remote and other items in your room after cleaning to make sure things don’t get missed.
You can be confident that any Hilton hotel around the country is following these guidelines.
MGM Resorts in Las Vegas
MGM Resorts offers multiple hotel options in Las Vegas where you can feel safe, including Bellagio, Aria, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor, Excalibur, and more.They have enacted a Seven-Point Safety Plan.
The plan includes extensive employee screening, training, and temperature checks. Gloves and masks are worn by all employees, including those within the casino gaming environment. There have been major improvements and upgrades to the HVAC controls, including new air filtration systems. Changes to buffet restaurants are also a major change for these Vegas hotels.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
It’s not just the big hotel chains that are safe to stay at. Boutique hotels like 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in New York also have stringent health and safety guidelines.
The hotel notes that it sanitizes the hotel rooms and common areas with hospital-grade and virus eliminating UV technologies. Hotel staff and guests are required to wear masks and undertake temperature checks.
Employees have undergone extensive health and safety training courses, including ServSafe® certification. The hotel also has a Director of Environmental Health & Safety who oversees all measures and provides responses for guest questions about security.
Although each Airbnb rental around the country is owned and operated by hosts, Airbnb has established a health and safety program that helps ensure guest safety.
Airbnb has created a new cleaning handbook with protocols established by health experts. Hosts must undertake a five-step cleaning process and use specific types of cleaning supplies. More hosts are also migrating to contactless check-in. Hosts must take a quiz and sign a cleaning commitment.
One of the best things Airbnb is doing during these difficult times is providing safe housing for frontline workers and first responders. These workers are struggling with long hours and need to stay away from their families.
A Safe Stay: What to Look For
No matter where you go, though, here are some things to look for to reassure you that you are selecting a safe place to stay:
- Call or check the vacation rental or hotel’s website to find out what precautions they are taking to ensure your safety. Those that provide the most details and that happily share what they are doing go a long way to making you feel safe.
- Look for hotels that offer apps so that contact with service personnel can be minimized. This includes checking in and out as well as ordering services.
- Consider motels and vacation rentals because these have individual ventilation systems compared to multi-floor facilities. If you still opt for a hotel, try to stay on the ground floor to avoid using elevators or stairs.
- If you get to the hotel and don’t see the promised precautions, don’t take the chance and stay there.
- Discover the great outdoors and go camping instead because this is still considered one of the lowest risk activities and accommodations.
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