LOS ANGELES – Managing Director of Hotel Figueroa Connie Wang is wearing a stylish mandatory mask, which is fitting for the hotel’s history of honoring women and female artists.
What You Need To Know
- Hotel Figueroa was created by women for women
- During the pandemic, it remained open for first responders
- 200,000 hotel-related jobs have been lost in California
- Hotel team is working hard to implement social distancing at the pool
“This was designed by Sophie Kipner that was part of our feature artist program,” said Wang.
Hotel Fig was created by women for women and Wang is proud to be a woman leading her team through the coronavirus pandemic and the gradual reopening process.
“We are a tight-knit team and we are there for each other and this crisis has pulled everyone together more than ever before. It has been an incredible and humbling experience to lead this team and honor our founders who were trailblazers in their time,” said Wang.
These trailblazers have never wavered. During the pandemic, the hotel remained open for first responders and essential workers, adding extra safety measures, like hand sanitizer in highly touched areas, and a two-person limit in elevators.
Occupancy dwindled and many of the staff were furloughed during stay-at-home orders.
According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, about 200,000 hotel-related jobs were lost in California with 1.6 million lost around the country.
“Like many other businesses we were forced to pare down,” said Wang.
But now as restrictions are slowly lifting and Angelenos are itching to get out, Hotel Figueroa wants to welcome back guests for a clean and comfortable stay. The team is working hard to implement social distancing at the pool deck, in the lobby, and the elevator.
Additionally, they are changing linens and cleaning public spaces more regularly, while using UV technology to clean rooms, and common areas.
“When I personally travel, I want to make sure where I stay is safe and clean, so that is what most of our efforts are focused on,” said Wang.
According to AHLA, U.S. hotels have lost more than $25 billion in room revenue. As Hotel Figueroa is a local business, Wang hopes guests will return, especially now that many are looking to get out of the house.
“To make sure people have a relaxing experience. It has been stressful for all of us and I think our goal is that they have a space to forget about stresses and worries of the world,” said Wang.