Riu Concordia, a hotel chain on Spanish holiday island Mallorca, has been chosen to greet some of the 11k German tourists heading to the island as part of a pilot program to test Covid-19 precautions at hotels.
RIU Hotels have invested in many new protocols in the hopes of opening back up along with the rest of Spain’s economy.
The lobby will employ thermal camera scans of guests as the walk-in to catch guests who may have a fever. If a guest signals the system, the hotel receives a discrete alert.
At meals cutlery is safety sealed and guests are asked by numerous signage to remain two meters apart. Like much retail in the U.S. the hotel is also using directional arrows to control the flow of foot traffic. The attendants offer guests numerous opportunities for hand sanitizer use.
Guests will notice that cleaning staff are numerous and working around the clock to disinfect common areas.
Some guests will enjoy that limitations on the number of guests allowed at the pool or the beach. Unfortunately, the bars and clubs will be closed until further notice.
Riu Concordia, like Las Vegas, is one vacation destination experimenting with guest willing to leave home on how to safely offer vacation services to the willing.
Recently the unfinished Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter partially collapsed. This event unfortunately took the lives of three people and injured dozens more. The city has now announced the entire structure which is 18 stories tall will be imploded.
The building owners’ engineers pointed out it will take 9 weeks to demolish the complex and another 3 months to remove and clear debris. This process will have the Hard Rock missing many busy tourist times including Mardi Gras, New Years and the Sugar Bowl.
New Orleans’ Fire Chief commented that the planned controlled demolition is the only safe way to handle the damaged building. The building owners will pay all costs for the demolition, but the city will be in control of the process. Additionally, the city will not allow demolition to interrupt any tourist season activity.
The top floors of the hotel are what unexpectedly collapsed. The cause is still under investigation by multiple city departments including the police and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
If you’ve booked a hotel recently you may have noticed the quoted price goes up when it is time to pay the bill. It isn’t just you, many travelers have been having this experience. These are commonly known as resort fees—though hotels call them anything, including: guest service fees; hotel fees; destination fees etc.
The fees often include things customers come to expect for free but these so-called bundles often include “free” WiFi, pool access and sometimes in destination cities things like a free drink or discounted breakfast.
A new bill to address this issue has been proposed in the House of Representatives. It would require by law that hotels and resorts more accurately display the real price of hotel rooms. How, specifically? They would need to include any mandatory fees before taxes in hotel room’s advertised price.
As one can imagine everyone from big name hotel brands to consumer representatives are weight in on the debate.
In Montana one hotel patron cause a panic other travelers and hotel staff.
An open window at the T-4 Lodge and Restaurant in Big Sky looked like a perfect opportunity to explore the unknown for a young black bear who entered the hotel. Once inside the room the bear was stuck and quickly made himself at home.
Quite a few human patrons of the T-4 Lodge have posted photos of the ursine intruder. The T-4 Lodge brought in police and animal handlers from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Even these animal experts had a hard time convincing the furry youngster to leave the comfy confines of the hotel.
Eventually the animal handlers decided to tranquilize the stubborn bear who was then removed safely and returned to the wild.
While the hotel wishes the bear well, they noted it did cause several hundred dollars in damages during its stay.
Ever heard of the SLS hotel on the Las Vegas Strip? What about the Sahara? Turns out they are the same place. The now-SLS Hotel is thinking of changing its name back to the Sahara. The legendary hotel that hosted a NASCAR café, the Beatles, the Rat Pack and the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
Sahara is such an iconic name that the property owner immediately considered returning to it when he bought the property. The current owner Alex Meruelo bought the property from the Stockbridge Capital Group in 2018.
The Sahara featured a Moroccan style “onion-dome” that covered it’s porte-cochere. And was a favorite hangout of celebrity musicians Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
The classic, 14-story Vegas hotel sits on the border between the city and the tourist corridor. It is one of the only classic strip hotels that survived demolition in favor of new resorts. The Sands, Stardust, Riviera, Landmark and Desert Inn were all demolished in such a fashion—but not the Sahara.
At one time the three-tower hotel was the tallest on the strip. The Sahara name was retired in 2011.
The return to the Sahara name is just part of a hefty $150 million renovation of the entire SLS complex and could take almost three years to complete.