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Covid sensitive hotels

Two seniors, two days travel, one night in a hotel. Covid precautions a must. Need midway location. TY

Bloomington (Illinois)

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answered first by
John from Chicago
Bloomington is a nice mid-size town in Illinois with lots of hotel choices. You could also look for a vacation rental, but since you're really only making a stop halfway along a longer route, a hotel probably makes the most sense.
I don't know if you can find a particular hotel that is more Covid-sensitive, most travelers are focusing more on their own precautions, bringing wipes for surfaces in the hotel room, and even your own pillows or sheets if you're driving and you can throw extra supplies in the car.
You can leave the "Do not disturb" sign hanging to skip housekeeping during your stay, hopefully they'll do a deep cleaning before you check-in, then you'll be the only ones in the room until you leave. Look for a hotel where you can self-park, there should be plenty of those in Bloomington. Avoid the common spaces, and ask about contactless payment. You may even be able to request a room that's been empty for a few days if you tell them you are seniors and looking for extra precautions.
As general advice, looking at your other question, you might take the route along I-74 that will curve up to the North before continuing West. So you can focus your search a bit closer to the highway for convenience, but if you have a little extra time, most of the restaurants and bigger things are along Veterans Parkway, which is the main street going through the middle of Bloomington-Normal. A lot of stuff might be closed, otherwise I've stayed at the Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal which is in a great location. For your purposes though, maybe you want to check the hotels in Bloomington Heights which are right off the highway.
The best thing to do is research possible hotels, then call them directly and get a feel for how strict they are being with safety protocols by asking them questions on the phone. Tell them your concerns and you should get a good idea of how safe they are based on their responses. Good luck, and have a great trip!

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