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(CNN) — For once, it’s an opportunity to sleep with the fishes that doesn’t mean you end up like a character in a mob movie.
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has opened the world’s first-ever underwater hotel residence.
More than just a room or a suite (this is the Maldives, after all, so luxury is the name of the game), the two-story villa is set more than 16 feet below the Indian Ocean. Its name is “Muraka,” which means “coral” in the Maldives’ local language Dhivehi.

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“Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this elegant resort features a large casino with a gaming floor, tropical-inspired pools and a selection of dining options are also available. McCarran International Airport is 10 minutes’ drive away. Accommodations at the resort are decorated in both contemporary and classic styles. The air-conditioned accommodations includes a flat-screen cable TV with pay-per-view channels, a work desk and an private bathroom with free toiletries. Dining options at the MGM Grand include award-winning restaurants such as classic steakhouse dishes at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak. Pool areas of MGM Grand provide private cabanas and a lazy river.” “The City of Entertainment,” the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has many entertainment choices. Grand Garden Arena hosts superstars, championship boxing, and national TV awards shows. High-flyin’ Cirque du Soleil’s KA, mixes acrobatic performances, martial arts and pyrotechnics. Nightclubs/bars are Centrifuge, Whiskey Down, and three-story mega-nightclub, Hakkasan, with music by celebrity DJs. Restaurants include Morimoto Las Vegas, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill and Craftsteak.”

Bye-bye, buffets. Hello, plexiglass: How coronavirus is changing hotels

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Hugo MartínLA TimesJune 10, 2020, 5:00 AM CDT

If you decide to break away from your coronavirus lockdown to hit the road this summer, expect some changes at your hotel, such as no more valet parking, a sheet of plexiglass between you and the concierge and a capacity limit at the pool.

And forget about using the gym. It will be closed.

The breakfast buffet? Gone.

With Gov. Gavin Newsom expected to give the green light for leisure travel to begin Friday, the hotel industry has adopted a set of protocols that are changing the look of the country’s hotels and the way they operate. The goal is to make guests feel safe, or relatively safe, from the coronavirus.

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A worker at a hotel in Studio City uses a handheld machine to spray a disinfectant fog made of ethanol and hydrogen peroxide. <span class="copyright">(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A worker at a hotel in Studio City uses a handheld machine to spray a disinfectant fog made of ethanol and hydrogen peroxide. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

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The Whiz is an automated vacuum for use in hotels and office buildings. (Softbank Robotics Group Corp.)

Hyatt to lay off 1,300 employees as pandemic cripples travel

ReutersMay 11, 2020, 11:21 PM

Hyatt to lay off 1,300 employees as pandemic cripples travel

A general view of astatue with protective masks on outside of the Hyatt Regency the host hotel for UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena

(Reuters) – Hyatt Hotels Corp <H.N> said late Monday it would lay off 1,300 people globally as it tries to cope with the coronavirus crisis, which has virtually halted global travel by keeping people indoors.

Hyatt said it had also cut pay for senior management, board members and all employees as part of a restructuring, adding that the staff who were being laid off would be eligible for receive severance pay.

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Wynn Resorts uses thermal cameras to screen guests, 100.4 degrees or higher asked to leave

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Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal USA TODAY March 12, 2020, 9:16 PM CDT 0:34 0:58   Most googled coronavirus questions: Is it worse than the flu?

LAS VEGAS – In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Wynn Resorts is using thermal cameras to monitor the temperatures of guests.

“We will be screening for temperature using non-invasive thermal cameras at all our entrances,” Wynn CEO Matt Maddox said in a statement about new company policies in response to the intensifying spread of COVID- 19.

The USA TODAY Network asked the company how it will use temperature readings:

“Any person registering a temperature of 100.4F or higher will be discreetly informed by a trained member of the security team and not be permitted to remain inside the resort,” a company statement said. 

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The Haunted Richmond Hotel With a Miniature Golf Course

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Published 09.04.19 5:31AM ET

The story of Hotel Greene began with an empty piece of real estate in downtown Richmond, Virginia, a space nobody wanted to fill because it was cavernous, mostly underground, and had almost no natural light. It had originally been the restaurant of the John Marshall Hotel, briefly the largest hotel in the South, which had the distinction of opening the day after the stock market crash in 1929. The John Marshall was the kind of hotel that had three ballrooms and included among its guests Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor: the kind of hotel that was doomed to go out of business in the ’80s and be turned into apartments, but retain some awkward, unrentable spaces with decayed vestiges of its former glory. Inevitably, it’s rumored to be haunted.

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