Miami hotels offer new amenity: COVID-19 tests

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A year ago, many in the hospitality industry would never have imagined that the hottest new hotel decor in 2021 would be the swab of the nose.

The global trend for hotel testing to expose COVID-19 testing to guests and employees is now right here in South Florida.

“We’re in different times, so the reality is different,” said Simon Sopresi, area vice president of sbe, the hotel management company that operates SLS South Beach, SLS Brickell, SLS LUX Brickell and Hyde Midtown. “What is the saying that the only constant in life is change? And that’s how business is, and that’s how we felt that there was a need there. “

Recently, sbe, in partnership with Blue Med Consultants, launched the coronavirus testing service for employees and guests at their Miami hotels to meet an emerging travel need amid the pandemic.

Evidence of a negative test is now required by several states in order to bypass the self-quarantine requirements.

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“So you can actually be here on the beach and go straight to reception and we can schedule the test,” said Sopresi. “And we have a rapid test or an antibody test within 15 minutes. The PCR test takes 24 hours.

A sbe spokesperson says that if a hotel guest tests positive, “we allow them to quarantine themselves in specially designated rooms or to check out early while waving fees.”

“If an employee gets positive results, we will quarantine him / her and then do contact tracing and inform everyone who works closely with him / her. We will also ask that they be tested and self-quarantined. “

W South Beach is also working with Sollis Health to offer hotel guests PCR testing for hotel guests with a turnaround time of 24 hours. Appointments can be booked via the concierge desk or by scanning a QR code in the rooms.

The trend towards hotel testing stems from the fact that the pandemic continues to affect a hotel industry that is hoping for a better year in 2021.

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The New Year started with the highest demand for hotel bookings in Miami Beach since the pandemic began, according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“It’s nice to see that there is little demand growing in Miami,” said Sopresi. “We look forward to returning very, very safely and responsibly.

The tests are insurance-free. A fee will be charged for international guests or uninsured persons. The tests cost between $ 70 and $ 175, according to sbe.

Click here for information on travel requirements in specific regions of the United States.

“Testing is free for US residents with health insurance … and testing is available to international or uninsured guests at a range of prices from $ 70 to $ 175. Testing is free for insured employees in Miami. “- @ sbeCollection pic.twitter.com/4dEg5gOmu8

– Christina Vazquez (@CBoomerVazquez) February 9, 2021

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