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Are Hotels Open in Tucson?

May 20th, 2020 by samhughesinn

Are Hotels Open in Tucson? Covid-19 through summer, 2020

Caution Sign

Covid-19 Changes

Are hotels open in Tucson during the pandemic. Are bed and breakfasts open in Tucson too? How about safety during the Corona-virus pandemic? We can’t promise but with extra effort and new safety guidelines we hope you will feel more secure at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast, than you would at a hotel. We are following best practices announced by the CDC and our local health department.

*Sam Hughes Inn will employ the following safety measures as long as Covid-19 remains a threat.

Safety during the Corona-Virus Pandemic

*Health & Safety: Only the two rooms with outside entrances are open during the pandemic. These will serve to offer complete privacy to guests and make interaction with the host unnecessary. The rooms face the back garden area which is quite large enough for social distancing..

*Available Rooms: The Santa Fe and Tombstone rooms are open in Tucson. Both can be viewed on the Rooms page of the website https://samhughesinn.com/rooms/.  Both rooms have internet, refrigerator and microwave, plus a variety of personal amenities. Shower robes, bottled water, hand sanitizer and wipes are provided. Free parking is on site.

*The Main House:  During the pandemic the main house is closed to guests. The CDC guidelines emphasize the importance of cleaning rooms. Commonly touched objects will be carefully sanitized. Things like door handles, switches, furniture, and remote controls. Sheets and linens are machine washed at 70° C or more. Bedspreads washed or, if fresh, subjected to high heat drying before a guest’s arrival. We are temporarily suspending daily room cleaning.

*Breakfast: Although people look forward to a full breakfast at Sam Hughes Inn we apologize for this necessary change to a much smaller offering. Please provide a list of breakfast items you prefer before your arrival date. We’ll purchase them and place them in your room’s refrigerator. For instance a cereal product, yogurt (specify flavor), fruit and hard-boiled egg. Beverages can include juice, coffee/tea (in a thermos) 2% milk. Bread, sweet roll, coffee cake and similar items are available. Make your requests at least 24 hours in advance of arrival.

*Reservations:

Please reserve your room as usual online on the Welcome page of this website. Click on Check Availability, located at the top right of every web page. If you have any difficulty or additional questions, give us a call 520-861-2191 before 9pm MST. Unable to keep your reservation because of the pandemic? We’ll waive the cancellation fee.

*Everything mentioned  above applies only while the pandemic is still active in the area. Follow this blog for updates and a return to normal rules and regulations. 

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We’re Being Careful Because of Covid-19

Bed and Breakfasts or AirBnB

December 3rd, 2015 by samhughesinn

A Tale of Lodging Choices

In this decade business & vacation travelers have had more options to the traditional hotel room than ever before in history because of the popularity of established Bed and Breakfasts, or AirBnB lookalikes. But what are the differences and why choose one over the other? Most people decide on a destination by the photos and the price range. Everyone wants the best deal for the money as well as a great experience and there is no denying the fact that AirBnB gives the world traveler a huge selection of seemingly attractive options. But how to know if the choice should be Bed and Breakfasts or AirBnB?

Air Logo
AirBnB is not a bed and breakfast website despite the name. It could just as easily have been called “Book an Unknown Vacation Rental With A Complete Stranger”.  It is an advertising vehicle which will list any rental posted by any person without prior knowledge of the owner or the accommodation. The advertiser can make any claim he cares to make about the rental and both the host and the exact location of the property remain anonymous until a reservation is made and paid for. AirBnB handles the transaction and what happens after that is in the hands of both host and guest.

But buyer beware! You will rarely find legal, licensed, monitored or approved rentals there. You are playing a game of chance with the internet version of the classified ads in newspapers or magazines. It’s a fancier version of Craig’s list, boasting a beautifully conceived website and promising results that are sheer guesswork at best.The paying guest doesn’t know until he arrives if the neighborhood is dangerous, the facility less than represented in a photo, or even if the host is sane and legally permitted to rent space in the building.

In 6 years AirBnB has grown wildly popular resulting in unbelievable wealth for the company and usually good results for the guest. But it is an imperfect system judged to be unfair in a market place where hotels, resorts, spas and bed and breakfasts have had to invest a great deal of time effort, and money in order to offer something that the so called “sharing economy” cannot – TRUST, SAFETY & DEPENDABILITY.

Check on the following internet sites for uncensored reviews from hosts, guests and in print media for AirBnB rentals: Huffington Post November 23, 2015 – TrustPilot – AirBnBHell – Distractify – The Smoking Gun, as well as others, and then decide if this is a good choice for you. 

B&B sign France

B&B sign France

If you decide instead to stay in an established bed and breakfast just Google “bed and breakfasts” in the city or area of your choice and visit their individual websites for photos, history, area attractions rates and amenities.

In a B&B, each property, each bedroom is unique, original, with its own sense of style and space unlike cookie cutter hotel rooms.The owner or (on occasion) hired innkeeper is generally available 24 hours a day, to see to guests’ needs. And best of all since this person is in house, the visitor has a local expert who has already been to the tourist attractions in the city, has eaten at most of the recommended restaurants, knows the best places to shop, where to buy gas, and has an extensive list of print material, guides and maps available. Generally breakfasts are also unique and attention is paid to restricted diets, allergies, or items a guest just might not enjoy.

Another B&B
BB breakfast

BB bedroom

The B&B owner has been through the hoops with his local city code office, He is licensed, inspected and required to conform to certain basic standards in order to provide lodging. He is subject to spot checks by the Health Department on a regular basis and is required to have a permit renewed each year along with the license to do business. He may belong to local Visitors’ Associations, other B&B organizations and websites. The building must conform to certain standards as to fire protection, windows & door exits, bathroom facilities & number of guests permitted. Parking permits may be required if on-site parking is not available and he must pay local and/or state taxes, file annual reports and carry a hefty insurance load to protect his property and its guests. He has an established business in a community and neighborhood that knows him. He must sometimes spend a great deal of money on advertising in print media and online in order to protect his reputation in this pursuit, which to him, is a way of life plus a source of pride.BB example 1

So before you, as a visitor, a traveler, put your money down on an unknown, evaluate the risk involved in making your travel plans. Are you willing to bet on the long shot, to take a chance just to save a little cash, or to aim for a sure thing? Think about it.

 

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