The UK Government has taken over the Holiday Inn Ariel hotel near Heathrow AIrport that is used to house passengers arriving in the country that are going through coronavirus screening and are quarantined.
The hotel has been closed to other guests, and those that have confirmed bookings moved to other nearby IHG affiliated hotels.
You can access Holiday Inn Ariel’s IHG website here.
Here’s an excerpt from the Guardian (access their piece here):
A Holiday Inn at Heathrow airport has been block-booked to be used as a quarantine facility in anticipation of more potential coronavirus cases arriving in the UK.
The hotel will be used for those considered at risk but with nowhere else to go, the Department of Health confirmed. This includes space for people to self-isolate if they have been advised to, and to be tested for the virus and await results.
The move comes as the government considers an evacuation flight to bring home the Britons stuck on the coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan, where 454 people have now been diagnosed with the disease.
Availability Blocked Until mid-March:
It looks like a sensible plan for the UK government to book a hotel where they house all the potential cases, although the virus appears to be spreading on that cruise ship in Japan.
Not sure how well this will play out for the Holiday Inn Ariel hotel in the ling run, however. Do you want to stay later at a hotel that has been used as a quarantine center? I guess that they will do a deep cleaning once the quarantined guest business is done.