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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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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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Spooky! Historic Austin-area ‘most haunted hotel’ to offer overnight stays


It’s been deemed “the most haunted hotel in Texas” and been featured on everything from “Ghost Adventures” to “PBS Strange Town.”

Soon, in addition to touring the historic Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, located about an hour from Austin, you will be able to spend the night, too.

The property, which was built in 1840, has a long history in Seguin. It was initially a two-room log cabin and was transformed into a hotel in the 1850s. In 1874, it was home to serial killer Wilhelm Faust, according to the hotel website. It had fallen into disrepair and was included in the “2012 Most Endangered Places in Texas” list before owners Erin and Jim Ghedi purchased the property with a goal of restoring it and eventually turning it into a museum.

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The Best Hotels in Rome

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Summer, winter, or in between, Rome hotels should be considered as a much-needed layer of insulation from the tumble of Roman life. Which can be difficult, in terms of urban services being infamously less than ideal.  The rule in Rome is to enjoy. But also trust your concierge to help you avoid trekking for miles after visiting the Forum and you can’t find a taxi back to your hotel.

Here are some of the best the Eternal City has to offer.

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Copenhagen is not unlike its Swedish sister, Malmö, just across the bridge. But somehow the city’s tenuous land ties to the remote sea-washed reaches of northern Germany make it just that much more of an island refuge—official “Big Germany” happens far to the south and “Big Scandinavia” happens on the other side of the bridge, across the water. Copenhagen is its own small, intense thing, very much not Germany, but not quite Scando-land, either.

Its hotels are delightfully iconoclastic as well.

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