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Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure this summer, you can book a room, or two, confidently at any one of the major hotel chains in historic Elizabeth, NJ. Especially now that big-name brands like Marriott and Hilton are revamping health and safety measures in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. Contactless check-in and hand sanitizer stations are just some of the ways the hospitality industry is striving to make hotels even safer for its guests and employees.
Though New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the shutdown of many businesses as a result of COVID-19, the hotel industry wasn’t one of them, although some industry giants like Hilton did close some of its properties for a short time, including Embassy Suites by Hilton in Elizabeth, which reopened June 1. While business wasn’t necessarily booming for most of the year, it’s slowly on its way back, which is a good thing for this northeast tourist destination.
In a June 9 video posted on Facebook, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage told his fellow citizens “we’re not out of the woods” yet in terms of the virus, and to proceed with caution. Hotels seem to be heeding that warning.
Marriott, for instance, is rolling out high-tech sanitization methods for use at its hotels, including those in Elizabeth: Courtyard Newark Elizabeth, Residence Inn Newark, and Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel. The hotel chain created the Marriott Global Cleanliness Council to elevate hygiene standards and introduce new cleaning tech, like electrostatic sprayers, in an effort to disinfect surfaces and public areas more efficiently.
Hilton also rolled out a new and improved sanitization program called Hilton CleanStay with Lysol Protection. According to a hotel statement, Hilton already utilizes hospital-grade cleaning products, but recently added Lysol products to its fleet. You might even be able to smell the cleaners before stepping into the lobby. The hotel chain is also offering contactless check-in and checkout at more than 4,700 of its properties worldwide. In Elizabeth, besides the Hilton Hotel and Embassy Suites, there’s the Hampton Inn.
Just know, when you arrive at a hotel in Elizabeth, or anywhere for that matter, things will look a lot differently. A front desk receptionist may greet you with a smize from behind a plexiglass barrier and social distancing signage could appear in the form of posters and floor decals.
Radisson Hotels is also doing its part. With one locale in Elizabeth, Country Inn & Suites, the industry giant rolled out a 20-step protocol for its hotels. That includes extra cleaning and disinfecting, hand sanitizing stations, protective screens installed at the front desk, and physical distancing measures, including requiring restaurant tables to abide by the 6-feet rule.
Over at the Crowne Plaza, owned by IHG, similar measures are taking place in what the company calls its IHG Clean Promise. Like most major hotel chains, IHG already had strict cleaning protocols set in place, but now it’s even more of a priority as the hotel chain does touchless transactions and offers sanitized keycards. On its website, IHG wrote in a statement: “Good isn’t good enough—we’re committed to high levels of cleanliness …”
Wherever you decide to rest your head at night, know that Elizabeth hotels are there for you and keeping your safety first.