By Joel Hillan

DENVER (CBS4)– Memorial Day travel will look different this year and booking a hotel could come with risks. The coronavirus pandemic has been especially rough on the hospitality industry.

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“By some estimates, 20% to 40% of all the hotels in the United States may not reopen,” said Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director for and Frommer Guidebooks.

“If you’re going to a hotel, you need to do advance research to make sure that that hotel will be open when you get there. Gone are the days where you can simply drive into a town and expect to find a place to sleep,” she warned.

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Those which are still open are offering deep discounts and stepping up cleaning protocols to help restore consumer confidence.

“A lot of hotels are going to put in a blackout time, so it’ll be 24 to 48 to 72 hours between your stay and the stay of the last guest,” said Frommer.

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“Hilton is going to have a piece of tape across your door so you can see that your room has been sealed since it was last cleaned.”

When it comes time to book, she recommends using a credit card instead of cash and booking directly through a hotel instead of a third-party site.

Joel Hillan


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