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4 Hotels Doing Incredible Things During the COVID-19 Crisis by Suitcase Magazine

Words by  for Suitcase Magazine 

there’s one thing that the coronavirus crisis has shown, it’s the world’s willingness to come together to support the most vulnerable in our communities. In the wake of the pandemic, hotels across the globe have rallied to fling open their doors, fire up their kitchens and connect with their at-risk neighbours. Rooms have been donated to front-line medical heroes, food delivered and money raised for vital medical equipment. Instead of staying vacant with rooms gathering dust, these hotels have led the way in doing their bit.

 

 

Le Sirenuse, Hotel Santa Caterina, Palazzo Avino and Il San Pietro
Amalfi Coast, Italy

Four grand dames of the Amalfi Coast – Le SirenuseHotel Santa CaterinaPalazzo Avino and Il San Pietro – have joined forces to raise money for medical research and aid to produce a vaccine against COVID-19. Each of the legendary hotels are offering ten vouchers (with an expiry of 2022) worth £4,395 each in a hope to raise more than £175,000. The hotel vouchers include a two-night stay, dinner at Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890 and other personalised perks such as martini-mixing lessons, sommelier-led wine tastings and spa treatments. We’ll take five.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lake Como, Italy

Like many others celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in isolation, Grand Hotel Tremezzo had to cancel its 110th birthday party. Instead of blaming Carole Baskin with a series of memes on Instagram, it’s donating the generous budget to Italian hospitals who need to purchase vital medical equipment.

Four Seasons
New York, US

Shortly after New York was identified as epicentre of the pandemic in the US, the Four Seasons made the decision to offer its rooms to nurses, doctors and key workers, with the Whythe Hotel and Room Mate Grace quickly following suit. In addition to the heroes of the pandemic being offered complimentary hotel accommodation, 20 hotels – including the St Regis New York in Manhattan – will be turning into makeshift hospitals. Ten thousand beds have been secured to ease the pressure on hospitals at capacity.

Rooms Against Covid

A Portuguese initiative set up by Turismo de Portugal, GuestCentric and HiJiffy as part of the Tech4COVID19 movement, the platform allows hotels and Airbnb owners to make their rooms available for medical staff to book a free 30-day stay. More than 1,500 rooms for more than 300 medical staff were made available within the first week.

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