On Tuesday, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) launched its “Stay Small, Stay Safe” initiative offering enhanced health and detailed safety guidelines for all 520 member hotels in 90 countries.
Good to know: Nearly 330 member hotels have now reopened, and many are preparing to open in the coming weeks.
A recent survey conducted of SLH guests shows over 90 percent would feel more comfortable staying in a small, independent hotel. The “Stay Small, Stay Safe” initiative acknowledges the desire for intimate hotel experiences with smaller crowds. In order to safeguard these standards, SLH has entered a partnership with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) for its hotels to pursue GBAC STAR accreditation. The performance-based cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program helps hotels minimize risks associated with infectious agents and biohazards. GBAC STAR accreditation provides third-party validation to ensure hotels have the elevated cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques and work practices in place so guests can truly relax during their stay.
Additionally, a “Stay Small, Stay Safe” module will be launched on the SLH website, www.SLH.com, helping guests and travel advisors make informed decisions. The latest updates on border openings, quarantine restrictions, best practices and information pertaining to COVID-19 precautions at each hotel will provide the latest details. The SLH Quality Assurance Policy will also update the 700-point Mystery Inspection program checklist with an additional 136 checkpoints related to health, safety and cleanliness standards performed at all 520 hotels annually. The heightened standards for hygiene, SLH says, will be critical for the safety and comfort of each guest and staff member as hotels reopen their doors.