MADRID, SPAIN—Room Mate Hotels, in collaboration with Quirónprevención, is set to become the first hotel chain to offer free COVID-19 tests to its guests. From mid-October—with the help of fully-qualified healthcare professionals from Quirónprevención—the company will offer rapid antigen tests for guests checking in at its hotels, as well as providing them with a symptom tracking service throughout their stay, using an app. In order to ensure safety and peace of mind for both its external and internal clients, these antigen tests will also be provided for all the company’s employees, to ensure their safety in the workplace.
According to Kike Sarasola, CEO and Founder of Room Mate Hotels: “People always lie at the heart of every single decision we make as a company. Right now, our priority is the health of our guests and our employees. That’s why we have teamed up with Quirónprevención, to become the first chain to offer free antigen tests to all of our guests at our hotels in Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States and Turkey.”
The rapid antigen test, which will be available at all of the company’s hotels, is able to detect the virus from the moment it is transmitted, with a high degree of accuracy. The test is carried out using high-quality devices approved by the FDA and the Spanish Ministry of Health and has achieved CE marking. Its main advantage is its rapid turnaround, providing results within just 15 minutes.
Test Available for Free
Guests will be able to take the test for free before traveling—by visiting a Quirónprevención clinic in their home town—or directly upon arrival at the hotel’s reception, any time from 1 to 10 p.m. Long-stay guests will be tested every three to five days.
As part of the first phase, these tests will be available in the four hotels that the company currently has open in Spain: Room Mate Óscar in Madrid, Room Mate Anna in Barcelona, Room Mate Valeria in Malaga and Room Mate Leo in Granada. In the next phase, the service will be rolled out across the rest of the company’s hotels around the world and at its beach hotels set to open next summer. This service will also be offered to all clients who organize events at its hotels.
Back in June, the company began to gradually reopen its hotels around the world. It currently has hotels open in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastián, Malaga and Granada), France (Paris), Italy (Rome, Milan and Florence), the Netherlands (Amsterdam and Rotterdam), the United States (Miami) and Turkey (Istanbul).