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Ah, the change of seasons. You can just hear the chestnuts roasting, the pies baking... and the constant sneezing. Yep, it's allergy season (or cold season, take your pick), but thankfully hotels are coming to sniffly guests' rescue by providing hypo-allergenic rooms. The latest to get in on the act? Boston's XV Beacon.
The posh boutique property is the first hotel in Beantown to introduce FDA-cleared devices in hypo-allergenic guests rooms, rolling out installation of the serious-sounding ViraTech UV-400 advanced air purification system.
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There's never a dull moment in New York City--and tourists will take a photo of anything--which is good news for Hyatt Hotels, which launched its new Respire Rooms with this model room outside the Grand Hyatt yesterday.
Designed for all travelers but especially suited to guests with asthma, allergies and other respiratory sensitivities, the Respire by Hyatt ─ Hypo-Allergenic Rooms, powered by PURE Solutions NA, are designed to eliminate up to 98 percent of airborne viruses and bacteria, as well as pollen and other irritants commonly found in indoor environments.
Hyatt has promised to have Respire by Hyatt rooms in all of their U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels by the end of 2010. Currently, more than 60 Hyatts already have these super clean rooms. In total, Hyatt wants approximately 2,000 Respire rooms at 125 of their full-service properties.
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Hypo-allergenic hotel rooms have been spreading like the flu. The latest hotel infected with the bacteria-free room craze is Hilton Suites Boca Raton. A tipster told us the hotel is in the process of installing a slew of new Pure room, and we confirmed that the Florida hotel is indeed getting 16 such rooms.
This will make the Hilton the only hotel in Boca Raton to have hypo-allergenic rooms. The installation of the rooms will wrap up September 19-23.
The hotel is promoting their four new suites--a Presidential Suite on the 46th floor (Obama pick this one!) along with a two-bedroom Royal Suite with corner views of Michigan Ave and the lake; a two-bedroom Author Suite that pays homage to famous writers who've stayed at the hotel and finally a Hypoallergenic Suite, which is actually a renovated residence unit from the building that now includes hardwood floors throughout, hypoallergenic bedding, toiletries and shades instead of curtains. The room is also cleaned with allergen-free solutions so you can breathe easily.
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Sheraton Columbia Town Center
Hotels are trying to cater to sniffly guests by offering PURE rooms, allergy-friendly environments that are free of 98 percent of bacteria or viruses.
The Westin Atlanta Airport in Georgia is introducing 25 PURE rooms; the Hilton Arlington in Arlington, Texas, is making 15 of its rooms PURE; and the Sheraton Columbia Town Center in Columbia, Maryland, has 18 such rooms.
We first encountered a floor full of PURE rooms hypo-allergenic hotel rooms with almost every base covered to eliminate allergens and pollutants from the space at NYLO. As promised, our allergies did not upset us when we stayed in a PURE room though the blue light from the air-filtration contraption thing under the bed sort of did. But the important thing was that we had a floor devoted entirely to our delicate, easily-triggered allergies.
And now, according to the Boston Globe, allergy-suffering Boston travelers now have their own whole-floor PURE sanctuary at the Lenox Boston. This hotel, if you'll recall, first came on our radar because of its uber-slow elevators but then we found out later that the elevators were uber-slow because the hotel was uber-green and had actually set the lifts to run slowly to save electricity.
That's what a group of scientists in Buffalo are out to uncover.
University at Buffalo researchers are conducting one of the first scientific air-quality tests of "allergy-friendly" hotel rooms. The project is expected to provide data applicable to other environments where indoor air quality is critical, such as in health-care facilities and aboard airplanes.
So who's the guinea pig in their experiment? The Buffalo Niagara Marriott in Amherst. The hotel currently offers allergen-free rooms for 10 bucks more than the other (highly polluted?) rooms.
The scientists have already gathered their data from the rooms, testing some of the products that aim to make the room allergy-free (In full scientific disclosure, the companies whose products are in the room, put up some of the money for the testing.) These products include deep-cleaning carpet treatments, air-conditioner fungi killers, and other chemical and natural bacteria killers.
While the full results won't be back until sometime in the fall, early findings say that these allergy-free rooms might have some success.
Now if only they remember to leave peanuts out of the mini-bar.
Image via AE Baxter/Flickr
· UB Scientists Put "Allergy-Friendly" Hotel Rooms to the Test [University of Buffalo]
· Buffalo Niagara Marriot Reviews [TripAdvisor]
For allergy suffers travel can be a real bitch. Pollen levels you aren't use to, dry air pumped out by air conditioners, and with most hotels "pet friendly" you may even have to deal with a room full of pet dander.
In the hopes of presenting an attractive alternative to allergy sufferers, the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport is going hypoallergenic.
Two rooms have been rebuilt with wood flooring, hypoallergenic linens, non-vinyl wall coverings, and an air purifying systems.
At this point, catering to allergy sufferers is an experiment, however, if it fares well the hotel will add more hypoallergenic rooms.