It was a week of high anxiety for U.S. hotel owners seeking financial relief from the federal government and the CMBS bond market. Hotel owners rushed applications to SBA-approved lenders to qualify for the agency’s Paycheck Protection Program. Some primary lenders such as JP Morgan cut off applications, saying they had met their quota as early as Monday. Meanwhile, hoteliers with CMBS loans were frustrated with attempts to seek relief, fearing a loss of capital reserves as well as triggering financial penalties and legal costs. In this update of Long Live Lodging’s special report on the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hotel industry, we feature owners and financing experts who are feeling the pain of an economic downturn of historical proportions.
Hotel developers and designers are faced with unique challenges in the age of COVID-19. Ron Swidler, chief innovation officer at The Gettys Group in Chicago, said the company relaunched its Hotel of Tomorrow initiative to collaborate with experts worldwide to come up with short-term and long-term solutions in hotel design and technology to keep hospitality teams and guests safe and healthy in an environment that is literally life or death to many. The Gettys Group is among hospitality design firms addressing evolving demands by guests who want to feel comfortable and assured in an uncertain time. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s special report on the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hotel industry.
In the introduction of his book, “Hotel, an American History,” A.K. Sandoval-Strausz writes: “The hotel as we know it today did not evolve randomly or naturally, nor did it develop as some sort of automatic response to structural needs. Rather, it was the deliberate creation of an identifiable group of people who lived in a read more