Hotels offer free or discounted rooms to medical workers around the world

From India to France and the United States, hotels are using their vacant rooms to house medical professionals on the frontlines of the coronavirus.


Hotel and home-sharing companies are offering free or discounted rooms to medical workers around the world.

Budget brand Oyo Hotels said doctors, nurses and other medical personnel can stay at any of its 300 U.S. properties for free if they show identification. Oyo, which is based in India, will cover the cost of their stays.

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France’s AccorHotels has offered up to 2,000 beds to the French government to house the homeless. AccorHotels is also offering free stays for medical workers. In Manchester, England, two hotels owned by former soccer stars have closed to the public but are offering 176 free beds for medical workers.

Home-sharing company Airbnb said Tuesday that hosts in France with whole homes or apartments will start hosting medical workers for free; Airbnb will pay a $53 cleaning fee for every doctor, nurse or social worker who books. Airbnb said 1,500 hosts had offered homes within hours of the announcement. Airbnb made a similar offer in Italy last week, where 2,500 homes have been offered. In some cases, hotels are also being used as medical facilities.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that Baltimore’s convention center and adjacent Hilton Hotel will be set up to take patients if hospitals run out of beds.