5 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BOOKING A HOTEL
With lockdown measures starting to ease and hotels allowed to reopen for transient business travel, the Government advice is to remain vigilant and for citizens to keep observing social distancing.
Hotels are all upping their game in order to provide an attractive option for anyone looking to book accommodation for business travel. However, not all will be equal in their approach and execution, and it will be essential to consider the following five points when booking a hotel.
1.POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Hotels are allowed to reopen as long as it is operating in line with Government advice and guidelines. There are, however, no set mandate, leaving it to individual properties to implement their policies and procedures.
As a potential customer, you should ask to see the hotel policy in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and opening safely.
Things to look out for is the use of PPE, social distancing measures, staff interaction with customers and cleaning of bedrooms. Many hotels operate contactless check-in and check-out measures, with minimal or no contact between guests and staff throughout their stay. You may also want to consider the cancellation policy and flexibility should plans change as a result of the pandemic.
Read an overview of Lane End's reopening policies here or request a copy of our official policy and risk assessment from firstname.lastname@example.org
Before making a booking consider the environment and the use of available space and facilities.
Hotels with ample outdoor space will be in a position to offer guests space to relax away from their bedrooms and without the risk of coming into contact with other guests. Lane End offers 26-acres of extensive grounds and four spacious terraces with outdoor seating.
It is also crucial to consider the use of available indoor space and ventilation, the use of one-way systems, and doors exclusively used for entering or exiting purposes, therefore limiting potential contact with other guests.
3. FAST AND RELIABLE WIFI
Employees across the globe had to adapt to using online tools and solutions to communicate with colleagues, attend meetings and submitting projects and business briefs to help them generate income and keeping their employers in business.
Now more than ever, hotels should be offering free access to a reliable and secure internet connection to allow guests to work remotely without the risk and frustration of a poor connection.
There are various apps available to test upload and download speeds. Ask the hotel for a recent screenshot showing actual internet speeds.
Location has always been vital when selecting a hotel, yet now you may want to be even more vigilant when selecting a hotel. With reduced access to the lounge, bar and dining facilities at hotels you may want to choose a location with easy access to local walks, and excellent proximity to takeaway diners and cafes.
The advice remains in place to avoid public transport where possible. Therefore, consider the proximity to major motorways, airports and local rail links, and check that parking is free and secure, especially if it is a city centre hotel.
5.A WINNING TEAM
The support of a responsive, experienced and professional team has always been a real asset when it comes to creating a memorable hotel experience. Now, the safety and wellbeing of guests are two of the most important focus points for hotel staff to master.
The team at the hotel can be the difference between staying healthy or potentially contracting a virus, so read reviews and learn from the experiences of other business travellers.
Follow the above five points to ensure you book a hotel that will allow you to stay safe while the risk of Covid-19 remains in place.
Lane End is located thirty minutes from central London and immersed in 26-acres of peaceful Buckinghamshire countryside. Offering an unrivalled combination of award-winning customer service and newly refurbished accommodation, Lane End's facilities include:
• Five distinct building, each with a small number of bedrooms in a self-contained space, allowing us to keep a great distance between guests choosing to book accommodation at Lane End.
• Free, superfast wi-fi with a 1Gbps fibre connection.
• 26 Acres of grounds with outdoor terraces, sports facilities and easy access to local walks, both onsite and in the local village.
• Ample free and secure parking.
For more information about accommodation at Lane End, please visit www.laneendcc.co.uk/accommodation.html or contact email@example.com or 01494 881171.
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