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Thursday, 11 February 2021

London Hotel Quarantine: Inside the £60-a-night Ibis where arrivals into Heathrow from 33 'red list' countries will have to spend ten days in Covid isolation - without leaving their rooms - for £1,750

 

A three-star Ibis will be among the hotels welcoming Heathrow arrivals as part of the government's travel quarantine programme, MailOnline can reveal.

The three-star Ibis Styles London Heathrow East hotel opened in December 2019 and features brightly-coloured 1920s 'Art Deco-inspired' rooms behind a geometric red brick exterior. 

However, travellers won't be able to enjoy the spacious bar and dining areas as they will be confined to their rooms for the entire 10-day stay, with airline food left at the door.

Guests at the 125-room hotel will have to change their own sheets and towels and be accompanied by security if they want fresh air or a cigarette outside.

Arrivals will have to pay £1,750 per person - a rate set by the government.

The hotel usually charges around £60 for a standard room including breakfast, which would normally work out at £660 for 11 nights – the length of the quarantine stay.

The Ibis, which has 125 rooms and is a 12-minute drive from Terminals 2 and 3 - is expected to be closed to ordinary guests over the length of the scheme.

Today 12 medical bins were seen being assembled outside the hotel to taste waste produced by guests during quarantine. 

A second Heathrow hotel, the three-star Thistle, is also expected to be part of the quarantine programme. MailOnline has contacted its owners for comment.

It comes as the Government's quarantine plan was thrown into chaos after its booking website crashed within minutes into its launch, while travellers were not allowed to reserve rooms for the first two days.   

Minutes after going live, the website was taken down, with an error message telling visitors developers were carrying out 'some maintenance'. The website does appear to be working for some visitors. 

A Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) spokesperson said the problem was a 'minor technical issue' and that the website was 'currently undergoing maintenance'. 

A three-star Ibis will be among the hotels welcoming Heathrow arrivals as part of the government's travel quarantine programme, MailOnline can reveal. Pictured is one of the twin bedrooms

A three-star Ibis will be among the hotels welcoming Heathrow arrivals as part of the government's travel quarantine programme, MailOnline can reveal. Pictured is one of the twin bedrooms 

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