I recently had my first flight and hotel stays over fall break. I had kept in touch with our hotels, so I knew things were different, but thought I’d share some information I learned about traveling now in case you are considering traveling soon or have people coming to visit you in Hendricks County, Indiana.

I felt incredibly safe at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND). In addition to being named the No. 1 airport several years in a row, they are also one of only eight airports in the United States to receive an industry-leading designation as a healthy airport in response to the pandemic.

If you have visitors coming who decided to stay in a Hendricks County hotel, here is what I found about some of our local hotels at the end of November. However, keep in mind that this information can change quickly, so contact the hotel you are interested in for the most up-to-date information.

Plexiglass protection at the Staybridge Suites front desk COVIDWe all know that masks are required in public spaces, but here are some things you might not know. Most hotels have added plexiglass between the front desk workers and guests. In some cases, items that cannot be cleaned easily, like pens, couch decorative pillows, notepads, directories, etc., have been removed from the rooms. 

Several hotels are also offering mobile check-in and check-out. 

Below are just a few measures some of our hotels are taking and is in no way meant to be a comprehensive list of everything they are doing.

Comfort Inn, Avon

  • Choice Hotel Commitment to Clean Initiative
  • Grab-and-go style breakfast of all prepackaged items in their breakfast area
  • Pool is currently closed
  • Stayover service upon request 
  • Amenities provided at all times at the front desk (extra towels, toilet paper, tissues, bathroom amenities, etc.)

Fairfield Inn, Avon

  • Marriott’s Commitment to Clean
  • Grab-and-go style breakfast of all prepackaged items in their breakfast area
  • The pool and fitness center are open but by reservation only through the front desk because the spaces are not large enough to social distance
  • Cleaning of the pool and fitness center after every use
  • Stayover service upon request.
  • Amenities provided at all times at the front desk (extra towels, toilet paper, tissues, bathroom amenities, etc.)

Hampton Inn and Suites, AvonHampton Inn breakfast box

  • Hilton CleanStay ProgramHampton Inn breakfast box inside
  • Grab-and-go style breakfast, which includes some microwavable breakfast items and hard-boiled eggs, all prepackaged and available in their lobby area 
  • Pool and fitness center are open. The machines in the fitness center are socially distanced and increased cleaning measures. Lysol wipes offered in both areas
  • Stayover service upon request.
  • Amenities provided at all times at the front desk (extra towels, toilet paper, tissues, bathroom amenities, etc.)

Comfort Suites, Brownsburg

  • Choice Hotel Commitment to Clean Initiative
  • Grab-and-go bags with muffins and yogurt upon request
  • Pool and workout area closed
  • Only cleaning and sanitizing rooms after check out. Cleaning crews do not enter rooms of people staying more than one night.

Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express, Plainfield

  • Follow the strict IHG Way of Clean Stay program guidelines
  • Both hotels offer wrapped, single-serve items that guests can grab and go for their convenience and safety.
  • Suspended their airport shuttle
  • Workout facility is open but requires registration through a sign-in sheet. Facility is cleaned after each use.
  • Checked out rooms sit empty for 48 hours before cleaning for the safety of their staff. 
  • Guests who stay longer than seven days receive a weekly, full-service clean.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Plainfield

  • Marriott’s Commitment to Clean
  • Offer a continental breakfast consisting of a breakfast sandwich that can be heated in microwave, fresh fruit, yogurt, waffles, bagels with cream cheese and coffee.
  • Pool and workout areas open. Machines are socially distanced, sanitized between users and reservations required for the pool.
  • Clean rooms after checkout, but they will switch out linens at the desk if requested

Homewood Suites by Hilton, PlainfieldHilton Clean Stay touchless entry using smart phone

  • Hilton CleanStay Program
  • Seal on door showing the room was sanitized
  • All kitchen dishes are cleaned in the dishwasher and left in the dishwasher for next guest.
  • Remote sanitized and wrapped in a bag.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield Indianapolis Airport

  • Hilton CleanStay Program
  • Full, cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Airport shuttle runs weekdays from 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Pool and workout room remain open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hotel rooms cleaned upon request for extended stays.

Hampton Inn & Suites, Plainfield

  • Hilton CleanStay Program
  • Hot breakfast sandwiches offered at front desk from 7-10 a.m., as well as Nutrigrain Bars, cereals, fruit, bagels and cream cheese, blueberry muffins, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt and individual milks and juices.
  • Lobby closed to avoid gatherings in public areas.
  • Pool is open with controlled access. Guests must register for a time slot and answer a few questions, sign a waiver and have their temperature checked before going in. Staff sanitizes area between time slots.
  • The fitness and business center are open with controlled access and only one person at a time.
  • Rooms cleaned after check out with the Executive Housekeeper performing a final check and seals the room. Any guest staying longer than one night gets asked at check-in how they would like cleaning handled.

If you do decide to travel to Hendricks County, the state of Indiana, Hendricks County Health Department and Visit Hendricks County stand together in requesting that you do wear a mask wherever you go for your safety and the safety of others and social distance as much as possible.

Here's wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season however and wherever you celebrate.