Hotel stays have already irrevocably changed and many hotels are finding new ways to operate under stricter healthcare guidelines and social distancing. Longer terms, there are already signs pointing to the potential trends.
Breakfast in ready-prepared portions
Much like the changes being designed on cruise ships, the buffet will cease to exist.
As reported in The Mirror, with infection control a priority, people cannot climb over each other to pile plates high with food and keep going back for refills. Bottles of vinegar and ketchup won’t be shared from table to table and a lot of food will come in individually sealed sachets, such as breakfast baps.
At the new Madrid Marriott Auditorium hotel, guests will queue on large circle spots on the ground to wait to be served their breakfast. Diners will follow a set path to return to their tables and chefs will wear masks, serving food in ready-prepared picnic portions.
inews reported that Intercontinental, which has 6,000 sites around the world, has replaced the buffet with à la carte service and pre-packaged breakfast.