The Mayor of London has secured a deal with IHG to take over two of its London hotels for the next 12 weeks.
Rough sleepers in London will be encouraged to move into the hotels, with FreeNow and Gett offering free transfers to those who take up the offer. The homeless are seen as a high risk group for coronavirus due to their increased likelihood of having underlying health conditions and difficulties over social distancing and frequent hand washing.
The hotel rooms, of which there are 300 in total, have been provided at what is called a ‘substantially discounted rate’.
The hotels have not been named but a quick look at ihg.com shows that the following six hotels are currently unbookable. Four are presumably closed for commercial reasons and it isn’t clear which two are being used by the Mayor:
- Hotel Indigo London Leicester Square
- Holiday Inn Express London City
- Holiday Inn Express London Wandsworth
- Holiday Inn Express London Hammersmith
- Holiday Inn Express London Stratford
- Holiday Inn London Brent Cross
PS. Hilton has also cancelled all reservations at Hilton Syon Park near Heathrow, which we reviewed here. The hotel has been taken over by the NHS to provide overnight accommodation for staff at the nearby hospital.
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