The igloo-shaped bubbles are the hotel’s response to the challenge of dining outdoors in the winter during the COVID-19 pandemic, but health experts are split on their safety.
Challenge circumstances breed creativity, at least in the case of restaurants that are trying to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s the case with Hotel Vin’s Rioja Rooftop Terrace and its new “bubbles,” which offer an unusual dining experience for guests. Four igloo-shaped bubbles now sit in the rooftop dining area at the Grapevine hotel, each equipped with speakers, furniture and heaters.
The bubbles accommodate six people each, and can be reserved for two-hour time frames in which diners can enjoy cocktail hour treats.
The experience is by reservation only, and operates Thursday through Saturday nights. Each bubble can be reserved for $250, which includes a fixed menu and a bottle of sparkling Spanish wine. If guests visit during happy hour, from 5 to 6 p.m., the experience is offered for a reduced rate of $100.
The bubbles are sanitized between each reservation.
According to health experts, dining inside these bubble-like structures may not reduce all the risk of dining outside during the pandemic. Though experts are split on the safety of these options, they encourage diners to take extra care when eating in a restaurant, or in a bubble, during the pandemic.
11:43 AM on Jan 13, 2021