Across the US, the coronavirus pandemic has left four out of 10 hotel workers unemployed, more than a thousand hotels close and occupancy rates decimated.

This article reviews stays at some major brands in Washington, to see whether pledges around Covid safety are allowing guests to feel confident in returning to hotel chains.

The city’s hotel occupancy rate had not gone past 40% the previous four weeks, according to data from ASAP Business Partner STR, suggesting social distancing wouldn’t be difficult.

The article discusses stays at the Hilton Garden Inn, the Courtyard by Marriott and the Grand Hyatt, and how the chains fared across mask wearing, sanitisation, social distancing, and what the over-all experience was like.

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