Loren hotel reopening on eve of Bermuda Day

  • Taste of luxury: The Loren Hotel is reopening to local guests from Thursday (Photograph supplied)

    Taste of luxury: The Loren Hotel is reopening to local guests from Thursday (Photograph supplied)

  • Swanky surroundings: a king room at The Loren Hotel (Photograph supplied)

    Swanky surroundings: a king room at The Loren Hotel (Photograph supplied)

Luxury hotel The Loren at Pink Beach will reopen on the eve of the Bermuda Day public holiday in a bid to tempt residents to take a staycation.

The hotel said last night that it had deep-cleaned the premises and would also reopen its Pink Beach Club restaurant on Thursday.

Staycation rates at the three-year-old hotel will start from $350 a night, about one third of the average rate paid at the same time last year. The special rate will apply until June 30.

Strict health and safety measures, set out in a brochure published by the hotel, will be used to comply with government Phase 2 regulations designed to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Hotels and guesthouses across the island, other than those used for quarantine stays, have been closed since the airport was closed on March 20.

Sebastian Maingourd, The Loren’s general manager, said preparations for the return of guests had been meticulous.

He added housekeeping staff will wear full personal protective equipment at all times, employees will have their temperature taken on arrival to work and staff will be trained to follow “aggressive hygiene” standards.

Mr Maingourd said: “Our management team has worked diligently over the last month to develop a thorough health and safety strategy to ensure all of our staff and guests are kept safe during their time here at the hotel.”

“We have implemented measures such as a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention-approved spray-down process on all departure rooms, utilising US Environmental Protection Agency-approved sanitising detergents.

He added: “All parts of the room, paying extra attention to those high-touch points, are sprayed down and then deep cleaned again before the next arrival.

“Of course, we have also increased the frequency of cleaning in public areas, as well as enhanced our cleaning regimes based on the training and certification that all of our staff have recently undergone.”

Mr Maingourd said that guests last May paid an average of more than $1,000 a night.

He added: “Given the unique situation that the hotel industry finds itself in today, we are happy to be able to offer a reduced staycation rate to locals starting at $350 per night during what would have ordinarily been our peak season.”

Packages available until the end of June include a healthy weekend escape, a family staycation package for up to six people and a “Work Remote” day rate for those “working from home and looking for a change of scenery or in need of some peace and quiet”.

The Pink Beach Club will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week to a limited number of diners seated in its outdoor area.

Tim Sullivan, the hotel’s executive chef, said the hotel had served more than 50,000 meals since April 1 to struggling people as part of an emergency meal programme.

He added that the restaurant would observe strict health ministry safety rules.

Mr Sullivan said: “The wellbeing of our staff and our guests is our No 1 priority.”

He added: “We have been working hard to create table configurations ensuring the required physical distancing between parties can be achieved.”

Mr Sullivan said people should make reservations because of limits on the number of diners, but that takeout service would continue.

He added: “After being cooped up at home over the last several weeks, we hope that people will want to come out enjoy being served.”

Stephen King, founder of the Loren Hotel Group, said: “Even without airlift to the island, The Loren still wanted to open its doors to Bermuda as soon as possible.

“We see this as a great opportunity to encourage the local community to experience The Loren.”

To view The Loren staycation brochure, click on the PDF link under “Related Media”. For more information, contact concierge@thelorenhotel.com

AMENDMENT: This story has been amended to make clear that The Loren will not be opening its spa, pool or gym on Thursday, only the hotel and restaurant. The hotel will open these facilities only when government guidelines allow.

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Published May 26, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated May 26, 2020 at 2:42 pm)

Loren hotel reopening on eve of Bermuda Day

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