Our Safety Measures – Covid-19

A message from Simon Hartwell, General Manager

Preparations to make The Connaught Hotel and Spa safe for you began from the minute that lockdown started back in March. We’ve thought about every part of your visit as we want you to feel safe and secure from the moment you arrive.

The highest standards are being maintained throughout the hotel – from check-in and dining, to room service and housekeeping, we’ve made sure that even at a distance, our team can look after you with their usual warmth and hospitality. Please see a list below of all the changes that we’ve put in place to keep you and your loved ones safe.

2020 has been the perfect opportunity to give the hotel all of our care and attention, refurbishing and making improvements where needed, so our hotel really is looking its absolute best right now.

My team and I look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Our Hotel

  • Guests are required to wear a face mask in all public areas of the hotel (excludes areas such as the restaurant, bar, spa and bedrooms)
  • Perspex screens have been added to all relevant areas
  • An enhanced deep cleaning programme is carried out in all communal areas, with an increased frequency in disinfection of high touch areas
  • We will encourage all guests to use our WhatsApp Business. This will allow guests to interact with our team during their stay via WhatsApp rather than face to face.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided for guests in all main areas of the hotel
  • Safe distance markers have been added to the floor in relevant areas
  • Health and hygiene signage has been added to remind guests about best practices
  • We will always attempt to operate a contactless process for our guests. E.g. encouraging guests to contact reception via phone for assistance unless it’s absolutely necessary to speak to us in person.
  • We will only be accepting debit and credit card payments at this time to avoid the handling of cash, this includes service at the restaurant or bar
  • Lifts will still be in operation and regularly cleaned and disinfected, but with signage to limit them to one guest, or guests from the same room at any one time
  • We have created an online directory and menus so you can see the latest information about the hotel at your fingertips.

Bedrooms / Housekeeping

  • Housekeeping won’t be provided as standard to protect both you and our team, but can be provided on request. If you’d rather our team didn’t enter your room during your stay, we’ll happily supply clean towels, linen, toiletries etc to your door as you wish.
  • All bedrooms will be meticulously cleaned and fully disinfected between guests. Extra attention will be paid to high touch areas such as TV remote controls, light switches, kettles, hair dryers, wardrobe doors and any other buttons or handles.
  • We will only provide our housekeeping services whilst you are out of the room, let us know if you have a preferred time for this to happen
  • All glasses and crockery have been removed from the room and replaced with disposable cups
  • We have removed any non-essential items from the bedrooms e.g. decorative cushions, throws, magazines etc.
  • We’d request that when possible, guests should use their bedroom toilet rather than toilets in the public areas of the hotel
  • In order to practise good hand hygiene, we’d ask all guests to wash their hands when returning to their bedrooms.

Check-in and Out

  • Express check-in. To reduce contact, and the time spent at reception, we’ll take payment and obtain check-in information prior to your arrival where possible.
  • Express check-out. Your final statement will be emailed directly to you.
  • Room keys will be sanitised before issue and upon return.

Food and Drink

  • When you stay with us you can choose to dine in the designated areas or with room service, charged at £3.50
  • Guests are able to order and pay from their table via the app ‘Butlr’, ensuring an almost contactless dining experience
  • All tables and chairs in restaurants, bars and communal areas are laid out 1 metre apart as per government guidelines
  • Breakfast buffets have been removed. Instead, those items will be available for service to the table or your bedroom.
  • Weather dependent, we will aim to maximise the availability of outdoor spaces for dining and drinking
  • We will be offering table service in our bars to avoid guests having to come up to the bar

Our Team

  • All of our colleagues have been trained in new hygiene practices and procedures based on official guidance from the government
  • All team members will use recommended personal protective equipment where necessary
  • All our team will follow a policy of no physical contact and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • All colleagues will be required to stay home if unwell and have been asked to check their temperature each day before coming to work.

Our Spa

  • Swimming pool – In order to allow for social distancing, a maximum of 12 people are allowed in the swimming pool at any given time. Anyone wishing to use the pool will need to book a one hour slot with reception. Chlorine use in the pool will continue as usual, which is known to eliminate viruses such as coronavirus.
  • Changing facilities – Where possible, we request that all visitors to the spa change in their rooms, or in the case of the members, at home. Where this isn’t possible the changing rooms will be open but visitors should remain socially distanced at all times.
  • Gym – We have removed some gym equipment to allow social distancing and the gym is limited to a maximum of four people at a time. Cleaning products will be provided in the gym, please use these before and after you use any equipment. All equipment will also be cleaned and sanitised by our team every day.
  • Spa treatment rooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between each guest, as always.
  • A perspex screen has been added to the spa reception desk
  • Changing rooms and showers will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day
  • Additional covid safety training has been given to Bluewater Spa therapists. They will also wear the appropriate PPE when carrying out spa treatments.
  • Hand sanitiser is available at reception, we’d encourage all visitors to use this on their way in and out of the spa
  • All visitors to Bluewater Spa will need to sign in and out so that we can use this data for track and trace, should it be necessary
  • A one way system has been put in place throughout the spa to help with social distancing.

Any questions?

If there’s anything that you would like further information about, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Just give us a call on 01202 298020 or email me personally at simon@theconnaught.co.uk

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