The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way that hotels operate, from touch-free service to reduced capacity and more frequent cleaning schedules, and some are now even offering COVID-19 tests as part of the check-out process.

The rules of proving that travellers are coronavirus-free vary considerably by country, with some stricter places requiring a negative test result on landing both in the destination and back at home. Some hotels in Dubaiwhere specially trained sniffer dogs that can detect coronavirus have started patrolling the airport – and the Maldives are now providing the option for guests to take a COVID-19 test before their departure. Additionally, some hotels in Spain and Switzerland are administering antibody testing during guests’ stays. The accommodation providers are hoping that these additional measures, in most cases administered at the guest’s expense but occasionally provided for free, will help lure visitors back.

shutterstockRF_191588771.jpg
Hawaii considered restricting guests to their resort to quarantine ©Jeff Whyte/Shutterstock

Around the world, hotels have been used as quarantine facilities for arriving passengers, with some places such as Hawaii considering having its hotels become ‘resort bubbles’ where guests would be required to remain on-site during their stay and monitored using geo-fencing technology.

The coronavirus pandemic has required hotels to change nearly every aspect of their offering, including suspending valet and bellhop service, meeting stricter government-set criteria for cleaning, installing thermal scanners in the lobby, ending breakfast buffets, introducing contact-less check-in and check-out, using voice-based technology such as Amazon’s Alexa to control room features and fewer decorative items in the rooms because they are harder to disinfect.

LPT0110_089.jpg
Even hotel rooms have fewer decorative items to clean ©Mark Read/Lonely Planet

“Travellers are yearning for enhanced transparency around cleaning, hygiene and sanitisation measures at a property,” Pepijn Rijvers, senior vice president of accommodation at Booking.com, said. “It will be key for accommodation providers to openly display this information to help set accurate expectations and bring travellers additional reassurance as they search, book and begin to experience the world once again.”

You might also like:

Greece is introducing stricter measures after an increase in COVID-19 cases
"Travel as we know it is gone" – How we can be better travelers in a post-COVID world
Specially-trained dogs are dispatched in Dubai airport to detect COVID-19 in passengers

Explore related stories

May 17, 2024: In the afternoon, we traveled to the Walled City of Cuenca, which is a UNESCO site.  We met our tour guide, Diego Alvarez Martinez, at the Parador de Cuenca.  We walked across the San Pablo Bridge to the walled city.  Once across the bridge, we come upon the famous Hanging Houses of Cuenca.  There used to be many of these hanging houses, but now, only three remain.  We then walk over to the Cathedral of Cueca, which is notable for its Gothic, Romanesque, and Neo-Gothic architecture.  From there, we visit the Mangana Tower and the Cerro del Socorro for views of the town.  The Cerro is on the top of the Hoz del Huécar and there lies a large statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Spain Marketing 1379722

Attraction

Architectural wonders of Cuenca and Toledo

Jul 24, 2024 • 7 min read