Castaneda Hotel Offers Creative Covid-19 Safety Solution


Installing a creative safety partition in the Castaneda Hotel

The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly taken its toll on the travel and hospitality industry. For the most part leisure travel has been discouraged, and in some cases even prohibited for the past two months. And let’s face it, even if it were permitted, I expect there would have been a high vacancy rate. But now that some counties are beginning to open up, hoteliers are tasked with yet another hurdle — they must create policies and procedures to keep both their guests and their employees safe.

And some folks are getting pretty creative about it. Take Allan Affeldt, owner of the historic Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, for example.

Although many properties are installing plain Lexan partitions at their front desks, Allan not only worked to create a partition that would protect people, but he went one step further and installed a work of art that was also aesthetically pleasing. And he did it all with his own repurposed materials – historic windows that were once part of his La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona. The windows, which were removed several years ago because they lacked adequate insulation, were transported from Winslow to Las Vegas, where metal artist John Suttman and sculptor Daniel Lutzick set to work to install them. It was definitely a team effort

And they fit in perfectly with the historic lobby of this former Harvey House.

Of course it’s a work in progress, and future plans call for the addition of a few artistic touches, such as some stained glass window accents.

More Covid-19 Safety Precautions

In addition to the new safety partition, the following policies and procedures have also been enacted to insure public space safety at the Castaneda Hotel.

  • Employees are required to wear face masks, and guests are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while in public areas
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the hotel
  • Furnishings have been moved to accommodate social distancing requirements
  • High traffic areas are disinfected every two hours
  • High contact areas – such as the coffee station – have been removed

Additionally, the hotel has adopted a stricter policy for disinfecting the guest rooms.

Currently the Castaneda Hotel is operating at a 25% capacity, and they have a huge accessible second-floor guest room with a roll in shower. Access details and photos of the accessible room can be found at And for information on the history of the property and booking details, visit

You just can’t go wrong with this historic – and accessible – gem.