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Little Italy hotel prepares to welcome more guests

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Posted at 5:12 PM, May 28, 2020

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The Carte Hotel in the heart of Little Italy is not nearly as full as it could be.

It had been open just a few months before the pandemic hit, "We had a great start until March and the virus started showing up," said general manager Henri Birmele.

Like many other hotels in California, The Carte is only allowed to book rooms for essential workers.

But staff is preparing for when the Governor says they can fully reopen.

"We have sanitizers on every floor, every piece of equipment that's available we have throughout the building to take care of team members and hotel guests," Birmele said

Common areas will be sanitized every hour, the restaurant and rooftop bar will be spaced out to make it easier to social distance, valet service won't be available, there will be at least 12 hours and a deep clean between when one person checks out and another checks in and room service will leave orders at the door instead of bringing them in.

The Carte is hoping to ease people back into hotels by encouraging "staycations" and planning to offer locals discounts and deals.

"How people react, I don't know. I think time will tell. I think we have all the precautions in place to make sure that everyone is safe during their stay," said Birmele.