In order to comply with the recommended safety guidelines, hotels throughout the world are undergoing renovations or additions to ensure guests are housed in the safest possible environment. For some this means a complete overhaul while others are focusing on specific areas of the hotel or resort. Here are six hotels at the forefront of guest safety.
The Pearl Hotel, San Diego, California
The 23-room boutique hotel, operated by Casetta Group, just completed a property-wide renovation in June that celebrates its 1960s aesthetic paired with Casetta’s philosophy of sustainability without compromising style. Electric Bowery renovated the public spaces, including the pool deck and poolside eatery Charles + Dinorah, maintaining mid-century California inspiration infused with San Diego’s coastal vibe. The Art Moderne oyster-shaped pool remains at the center of the property surrounded by California native landscaping. Seating around the pool has been laid out for social distancing, and face coverings are required in the hotel’s public spaces. Additionally, the pool area is being monitored and cleaned every half hour. Other safety measures include:
· Lobby Lounge: In the lobby area, design firm Electric Bowery got rid of the former Shag Lounge and redefined the lounge seating with a custom Italian-inspired leather sectional and marble bistro tables. The Shag Lounge was a low-slung seating area with soft surfaces and a thick, shag covering. The new leather seating and hard-surface tables are easier to sanitize, and the tables can also be spaced out for social distancing.
· Air Purifiers with UV Lighting: The Pearl Hotel invested in air purifiers with UV lighting to sanitize guest rooms after a guest checks out. The unit purifies a space in about three hours.
· Contactless Concierge: The hotel introduced a new texting service for guests when the property relaunched in June. Upon departure, guests can text “Check Out,” and the front desk will email a guest’s final folio to the email address on file. Guests can also text the front desk with any special requests prior to check-in.
· Commitment to Sustainability: Casetta Group thought long-term in incorporating sustainable, eco-friendly touch points as part of the renovation. Pow Wow Design Studio designed the guest rooms in a clean, minimalistic aesthetic with everything a guest needs for a comfortable stay (and nothing that they don’t). Bath amenities are 100% certified organic, Parachute bedding and bath linens are sustainably made, and the property offers boxed water as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic water bottles.
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico, Coco Beach, Puerto Rico
Framed against the backdrop of the nation’s only tropical rainforest, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico, which opened this winter following an ongoing multi-million-dollar renovation, boasts ground floor bungalow-style guestrooms with UV light purifying air conditioning units, installed in each of its 579 rooms. Now the property is working on integrating the same virus-fighting UV light purifying AC units in its meeting and restaurant spaces to enhance guest safety.
Marigot Bay Resort & Marina, St Lucia
Tucked away in a Caribbean chalet-type setting, Marigot Bay Resort and Marina recently reopened with a new collection of 57 one, two, three-bedroom and penthouse private residences, featuring up to 3,200 square feet of living space. The newly launched Marigot Moment Maestros allows guests to discover an entirely elevated island experience feeling secure and at ease from arrival to departure. Each residence has its own private entrance and features from 1,435 up to 3,200 square feet of living space, a complete Italian Aster Cucina fitted kitchen, private dining room, laundry room and an expansive living room to make guests feel right at home. Private plunge pools are available with upgraded room categories with half of the 57 residences offering pools. Guests can enjoy intimate meals in-room with Chef In-Residence Dining where the culinary team prepares guest favorite pre-selected menus on their balcony or set in the resort’s treehouse.
The Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, Oregon
Located directly in Oregon Wine Country, The Allison Inn & Spa is a luxury independent hotel surrounded by rolling hills and views of the Willamette Valley. A 45-minute drive from downtown Portland, the resort is a must-see destination for wine connoisseurs to foodies and art enthusiasts alike. Ahead of their reopening on July 15, The Allison incorporated renovations around the hotel in order for guests to be greeted with the safest hotel experience. Additionally, all guest rooms AC filters have been upgraded and The Allison installed a Global Plasma Solutions, an auto-cleaning ionization system that fights pathogens and provides a cleaner, safer air for guests. The brand new “Zen Den,” was built at The Allison to offer outdoor treatments in a serene garden setting with a modified spa menu.
Bequia Beach Hotel, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A family-owned luxury hotel on the idyllic island of Bequia in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bequia recently re-opened for guests searching for a low density and remote island journey. This nostalgic yet modern Caribbean hideaway is now complete for an extended private escape with the unveiling of two brand new villas with nine-meter pools, and seamless travel by land and sea with Bequia Air VIP jet service and Star of the Sea Superyacht. Known to some as the Caribbean’s best-kept secret, Bequia is just seven square miles with about 5,000 residents. There are no traffic lights, no neon signs, no chain hotels or restaurants, no golf course and no gated communities. Discerning travelers can enjoy this laid-back retreat to disconnect.
Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
Throughout its storied history of 110 years, the hotel has faced its set of challenges with a spirit of resilience. Currently attendants perform hourly cleaning and monitoring of the entire property. Behind the scenes new cleaning technologies, such as electrostatic sprayers to sanitize surfaces, were incorporated to ensure the gold standard of cleanliness. Ultraviolet light technology is also used for sanitizing higher-touch items such as vehicle keys, pens and devices. Ventilation systems are set so they do not recycle air throughout the building providing a continuous supply of fresh air coming in from the outside. Additionally, the hotel has increased the frequency of filter replacements and preventative maintenance on these units