Hyatt Introduces Hypoallergenic Hotel Rooms

November 8th, 2010 by Mariah

 

If you are the sort of traveler who can not leave home without your antihistamine, Hyatt may have a solution for you: a hypoallergenic guest room.

For an extra $20 to $30 a night, guests can stay in one of 2,000 specially scrubbed and air-filtered rooms, most of which will be available by year’s end, in all of its 125 full-service North American properties. Though many hotels offer purified guest rooms, Hyatt will be the first chain to offer them across a broad swath of its properties. Hyatt cited as a study from Cornell University — commissioned by an air purifying company — that found that 83 percent of travelers prefer an allergen-free room, even if they don’t have allergies.

In order to satisfy those travelers (and others who do actually have allergies or asthma), Hyatt said it uses a six-step cleaning process to sanitize its special rooms that includes disseminating tea tree oil, a natural disinfectant, through the ventilation system, and using a blast of ozone to get rid of lingering odors. Also, the hotel is using a medical-grade air-purification system that it says eliminates at least 98 percent of airborne viruses, bacteria and pollen.

Guests may still open the windows on low pollen days. The system will zap intruding irritants within an hour.