Hotel Saint Louis offers to turn rooms into hospital beds amid virus outbreak

" I think almost every hotelier has volunteered to do that because we all want it to be okay, right? We want people to be okay."

Debbie Monterrey
March 30, 2020 - 5:44 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Many in the hospitality industry have been laid off because of COVID-19. Amy Gill of Restoration St. Louis and owner of Hotel Saint Louis says they've rolled out something new for those folks, "Hospitality Heroes."  

For those in the hospitality sector who've been laid off and those in health care who are overworked, Hotel Saint Louis' restaurant, Union 30, is offering curbside meals for just $6. Gill says they're simple meals like hamburgers, mac & cheese, chicken nuggets for the kids, that they're offering at cost. Regular menu items are available to the general public as well.

EDIT: Gill informed us Monday night they got those meals down to $5.

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Additionally, Gill says she's letting her employees shop for groceries through the Hotel Saint Louis kitchen so they can buy them at wholesale prices. Despite hotel occupancy being way down, she says they still have a number of people on staff because they have several residential floors.
 
"We have residents, so it makes our staff happy because they're around. At least you see people and talk to people," Gill confides.
 
"People are asking about hotels turning into hospital beds, and I think almost every hotelier has volunteered to do that because we all want it to be okay, right? We want people to be okay," Gill explains.

How is occupancy these days at her hotels?


 
"Umm, well...not good," says Gill. "We recently opened the Seven Gables (Inn in Clayton) and then subsequently closed it for at least the next few weeks, just because occupancy is so low. I know some of the hotels have closed. A lot of them have closed. Just shut the doors." 
 
She encourages people to really support local restaurants who are doing pickup and curbside service, and she says area hotels are doing what they can to help.

 

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