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Which hotels are offering Covid-19 tests?

18 Nov 2020 by Hannah Brandler

Countries are increasingly demanding proof of a negative Covid-19 test for international arrivals. To make your life easier (and less expensive), some hotels are teaming up with biotech companies to offer packages which include a test. Here, we round up the offers available at properties around the world.

Arora Group: ‘Test and Rest’

Where?

The Arora Group is offering Covid-19 tests to guests staying at the Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5, and plans to roll this out to its other airport hotels.

How does it work?

The package includes an overnight stay, breakfast, and a self-administered PCR Covid-19 test. The group has partnered with Halo to provide the testing system. Guests will be asked to download the Halo app on arrival and scan their test kit before spitting into a tube and returning it to the kit. The sample will then be sent to Halo’s lab at Imperial College, London, with results and a certificate provided on the app the following morning.

Provided they do not test positive, guests will then be able to immediately fly to destinations that accept the test. The group states that it “cannot guarantee certification will be accepted by every border authority in every state” as it is a self-administered saliva test.

How much does it cost? 

The package at the Sofitel property starts at £179 per room, inclusive of VAT, accommodation and one test (weekend room-only rate – £199 mid-week) – additional tests can be added to the package at £60 inclusive of VAT per person.

See further details here.

Sofitel London heathrow

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

How does it work?

The hotel is doing something slightly different to the other listed hotels, reimbursing Covid-19 test costs for guests staying five nights or more until April 30, 2021. The resort is allowing guests to claim back the cost of their mandatory departure PCR test (for travel to Dubai) with credit that can be redeemed in the resort. To qualify, guests will have to present proof of purchase of their departure PCR test from any registered private clinic, medical centre or private hospital upon check-in to the hotel.

The resort is also offering in-house PCR test services “at a preferred price” for guests who are required to present a test upon departure from Dubai to their destination.

How much does it cost? 

The resort will reimburse the full cost of the tests for two guests up to AED 700 each (approximately £145). The credit can be redeemed on food and beverages, spa treatments, or marine and waterpark experiences. Note that free tests taken in the country of origin do not qualify for the in-resort credit. Guests have to show proof of a valid payment invoice to claim the credit.

See further details here.

Rocco Forte Hotels: ‘Fit to Travel’

Where?

The hotel group has partnered with Blue Horizon to offer pre-departure testing in the UK for  guests staying at its hotels in Italy.

Testing is also available on arrival at Verdura Resort in Sicily, and Hotel de la Ville and Hotel de Russie in Rome, with results available within 48 hours.

How does it work?

The ‘Fit To Travel’ service is entirely bookable online, and Blue Horizon will arrange for self-test kits to be couriered to and from people’s homes. The courier will then deliver the sample to the laboratory and a test certificate will be sent directly to the customer’s email address in the form of a PDF attachment within 72 hours of travel. 

How much does it cost? 

Travellers from the UK who have booked a stay at one of the group’s hotels will receive an exclusive discount code, meaning they will only have to pay £129 for a test (rather than £169).

See further details here.

Hotel de La Ville, Rome - a Rocco Forte Hotel

Room Mate Hotels

Where?

The group is offering free Covid-19 antigen tests to guests staying at four of its hotels in Spain: Room Mate Oscar in Madrid; Room Mate Anna in Barcelona; Room Mate Valeria in Malaga; and Room Mate Leo in Granada. The group plans to roll this out to all hotels in the chain.

How does it work?

The hotel has partnered with health company Quironprevention to carry out antigen rapid tests on guests during check-in, with results available within approximately 15 minutes. A professional nurse performs the test every day from 1300-2200 (including weekends and holidays) in areas reserved for testing, and guests can take a test once every three nights during their stay.

Guests can also be tested at Quiron centres if these timings do not suit. If the test comes back positive, the guest will be offered a room for their isolation at the best available rate.

How much does it cost? 

It’s free!

See further details here.

Room Mate Hotel Oscar

The Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport: ‘Test, Rest and Fly’  

How does it work?

The hotel has partnered with Vida Care to perform PCR tests for passengers travelling through the airport, with results available within 24 hours (36 hours on weekends). The package includes an overnight stay, breakfast and a PCR test taken on the grounds of Carlton Dublin Airport.

How much does it cost? 

The package costs €249 per person.

See further details here.

Carlton Hotel Dublin

Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

How does it work?

The Dubai hotel has partnered with Burjeel Hospital to offer guests Covid-19 tests. Trained medical professionals will conduct the test in the guest’s hotel room at a pre-arranged time, with results available in less than 24 hours.

How much does it cost? 

The test costs AED 250 (approximately £52).

See further details here.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre
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