|Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton in Newport offers quarantine space to First Responders.|
By Jessie Eden
During such an uncertain time, it is nice to hear stories about people, organizations and businesses stepping up to help others. The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton in Newport is doing just that.
Owned and operated by Shaun Pan, the hotel is now exclusively offering its rooms, free of charge, for Newport Police Department, Newport Fire, EMTs and Newport City employees so they can quarantine away from their families. "When I saw news of first responders in other cities sleeping in tents in their backyard, that's when I came up with the idea to help out the first responders that have been taking great care of us," said Shaun. "It is an opportunity for us to take care of them."
In addition, Shaun says there is no limit on the number of rooms or the length of their stay. These first responders and city employees will also have access to the Hampton Inn & Suites meeting room and boardroom -- as long as Social Distancing is maintained.
The hotel has also put special procedures in place to protect its staff as first responders check out and check in. "Any guest may use the digital key via their cell phone to go straight to their guest room, bypassing the Front Desk check-in process," said Shaun. "Guests may switch to a new room at anytime, on any day. Our housekeepers are not allowed to enter any 'Stay-over' guest room. All check-out rooms are set aside for 72 hours before a housekeeper can enter the room to clean it."
Shaun said that the help doesn't end there and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton is extending its efforts locally and nationally. "We are also challenging other local hotels to offer free rooms to first responders of their own local municipality," said Shaun. "Our hotel will also participate in a nationwide program that Hilton is starting next week -- providing up to 1 million rooms to front line medical professionals."
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Shaun's efforts certainly haven't gone unnoticed -- The Newport Police Department released a sincere thank you to Shaun and the Hampton Inn this week;
The Newport Police Department's full statement, posted on Facebook, is below;
"The Newport Police Department would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Shaun Pan, President of NKY Hospitality and owner of Hampton Inn Newport, for his offer of opening Hampton Inn's doors to our First Responders.
Mr. Pan has recognized an urgent need for first responders and their families. Mr. Pan is an incredible leader within Newport and the Northern Kentucky Community, which he has shown time and time again. We want to express our gratitude to Mr. Pan, and his outstanding Hampton Inn, for his consideration to the employees of Newport and their families."