Coronavirus Rome, 90% of hotels remain closed, 100 million lost per month

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The Massimo D’Azeglio hotel in via Cavour has always been open: “We have never closed a day since 1875 – explains Massimo Bettoja – even during the world wars. So we decided to go ahead even with the reduced staff, working at most with thirty rooms “. But the hotel near Termini is a real exception in the Roman panorama, where, as you remember the president of Federalberghi Roma, Giuseppe Roscioli, 90% of hotels are closed due to lack of customers and the loss is at least 100 million per month. «I myself – explains Roscioli – do not reopen any of those closed. I kept two active and one I think to close it: you cannot work with three or four occupied rooms. And many hoteliers – he adds – do not think of reopening at all, except for the family-run ones ». Are there any problems with the security rules against the virus? “At the beginning we” self-regulated “- replies Roscioli -, we have always made sanitizations. Few things have changed: breakfast no longer at the buffet but at the table, with a significant increase in staff costs, the glasses in front of the desk and one person at a time in the elevator. But the real problem is not this, but the lack of signs of recovery: me I plan to reopen everything no earlier than March next year. If the layoff ends then, we will be forced to lay off a few tens of thousands of people ».

And yesterday also the national president by Federalbeghi, Bernabò Bocca, has raised an alarm on the “unsustainable burden of rents”: according to a study by Ernst & Young, the need for cooperation between owners and tenants of properties has emerged. Among others, a symbolic hotel in Rome is also closed the Hassler in Trinità dei Monti, where Audrey Hepburn also stayed: «I have not yet decided when I will reopen – says the owner Roberto Wirth -. It’s a bit like playing cards, let’s wait. However, we prepared with a very quick check in: customers send documents first and an application will open the door to the rooms. ” Meanwhile, on 1st June Wirth will reopen Il Palazzetto, which has four rooms, and on 2nd June it will be the turn of its neighbor, the Rocco Forte House with its splendid five suites, overlooking the Staircase; Finally, on 19 June it will be the turn of De Russie, another Rocco Forte hotel: “Never like this year – he observes – do I feel the value and joy in starting the summer season. I want to send a message of hope and optimism ». Luca Virgilio, general manager of Eden, says he is oriented to open the first of July with the two restaurants, La Terrazza and Il Giardino: “We also launched a special initiative – he says -, the formula”staycation, the ideal holiday is around the corner! “. A stay in your city is a way to rediscover it, experiencing the relaxation and pleasure of a trip without the stress and worry of long journeys ».

Antonella De Gregorio, two charming hotels in the center, the Mozart closed and the Vivaldi, which has nine rooms, opened: «We work with two or three rooms – he explains – and the prices are not those of May, but of the low season. We did it more “out of courtesy” than anything else. We will reopen Mozart when we can ». “We accept reservations from July 1st – says Barbara Ricci of the Adriano, behind the Parliament – and then we will see how the situation evolves, because 80% of our customers are foreigners and 20% corporate “. Walter Pecoraro del Cosmopolita, a few steps from Piazza Venezia, he says that he follows «reservations every day. And they are two in June, two in July and three in August: it cannot be opened in these conditions ».

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