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External Article21 April 2020

Planning for the Hotel Opening, Coronavirus Be Damned

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A handful of NYC hotels are moving ahead with scheduled openings, whether or not the guests will arrive. 


The hotelier Phil Hospod has spent the last two years building The Wayfinder, a boutique hotel in Newport, R.I. And despite the pandemic, he is still planning to open in mid-May.

The hotel, which will have an outdoor pool deck, an on-site restaurant serving coastal cuisine and seersucker-inspired rooms, was nearing completion when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo of Rhode Island issued a strict stay-at-home order on March 28, banning all gatherings of more than five people.

"We're really close, which is kind of exciting, but also the painful part," Mr. Hospod said.

But he's plowing ahead and says that once the government gives the green light, he could open his doors within two weeks. He has had to make some adjustments: Covid-19 has stalled deliveries — his mattresses are stuck in New York, his art in Ohio and a lobby fireplace in California. So he has begun relying more on local suppliers, and has also set up sanitation stations across the site for his construction crew (who are allowed to work). Unable to conduct job interviews in person, he's interviewing front desk staff, bartenders, cleaning crews and more via videoconferencing.

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