Times are so hard in the hotel industry these days that some hotels are just saying, f*** it, I need a minute to collect myself. That's what's going on at The Westin Bund Center
, the OG expat brunch stage
, which shut down in April to any new guests (they are offering takeaway food but nothing more). Taking a breather. Having some "me" time. I confirmed this with their reservations hotline, who said the pause in business was only for April 2020, but trying to book a room for May on their official website
brings up an error message as well. They may be back in June, according to the website, but even that might not be enough time — one source inside Marriott told me the closure might
extend through the summer. Live by the business traveler, die by the business traveler. No fun being in the hotel business right now.