The Quirk Hotel Charlottesville is an 80-key boutique that's a part of Hyatt's loyalty program. We'd visited the original Quirk Hotel in Richmond, Virginia a couple years ago and love the brand for its art-centric attention to detail. Quirk Charlottesville, which just opened their doors in March before shutting down two-weeks later as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, had just reopened in early June so we were among the first guests to stay there. The cost was $239 per night plus a pet fee of $150.The online check-in invitation allowed me to update all of the information for our stay including my confirmation number, approximate check-in time, hotel address, and phone number.The valet was wearing gloves and a signature Quirk mask which was a thoughtful touch. We we're told valet service would not be available to limit the possibility of contamination, which I appreciated.Checking in at the front desk, we were greeted by the front desk manager who stood behind a plexiglass wall. In addition to our room key, we were given a handout that included the hotel's protocols and cleaning procedures, which the front desk clerk quickly walked us through.The hotel is serviced by two elevators, and we noticed there was the same table-tissue set up on each floor of the hotel by each subsequent elevator bank.Pre-COVID, these are always the first items I remove whenever I get to my hotel room as they're notoriously harder to keep clean, so I was relieved to find that Quirk had made the conscious decision to remove them.As part of their COVID-19 cleaning protocols, housekeeping would only be available upon request and we would need to vacate the room in order to receive service.When you arrive off of the elevator bank, you're greeted by a poster-size sign that cautions about limiting the risk of COVID-19The rooftop serves specialty thin-crust pizzas, wood-fired dishes, and drinks. We opted for the house specialty, an Appalachian-inspired pizza which comes topped with BBQ sauce, and locally sourced vegetables and meats.It's one of the coolest features of staying at a Quirk Hotel and provides such a great way to experience and appreciate art in a safe and controlled environment.The Kimpton Arras Hotel is located in the heart of Asheville. In addition to the hotel's pet-friendly policy, we chose to stay here because of Kimpton's pledge to the IHG Clean Promise program which includes a contactless check in process, verified sanitation in guest rooms, and deep cleaning on high touch surfaces. The cost to stay here was $233 per night, and there was no pet fee.Unlike Quirk Hotel Charlottesville, valet service at Kimpton was available during our stay, however we decided to forgo valet and self-park in the hotel's lot in the AC Marriott Hotel next door to avoid any potential issues with cross-contamination. When we checked in, we were greeted in the lobby by a plexiglass front desk area and markers on the floor along with signage and plenty of hand sanitizer. Signage along with markers on the floor were common throughout the lobby area to remind guests to stay six feet apart. There was a sign on the outside of the elevator bank reminding guests to limit the elevator usage to two people or one family. Once inside the elevator, you don't need to press any buttons.The information provided on our handout listed all of the same information but was a nice reminder for how our stay would look a little different in light of the current climate.There was a sign next to the soap saying we would need to call to request any other amenities during our stay which would be delivered and dropped off for a contactless transaction, free of charge.The main restaurant area was closed, but menus were made available on large TV screens on the right-hand side of the restaurant.In the lobby, there was a large bowl made available for contactless key return, along with a sign about the keys being sanitized.A stately Autograph Collection hotel in the heart of Alexandria, Virginia, the hotel is part of Marriott's expansive portfolio. We used our Marriott Bonvoy points here, but $125 per night is the rate we were quoted, plus a $25 per night pet fee.There's no valet option here, so after self-parking in the garage, we made our way to the lobby.Once again in the lobby we were greeted by a large plexiglass barrier at the front desk and handed a one-sheet explaining the hotel's cleaning protocols and procedures.This was the only hotel on our trip to offer this type of amenity, which I think is a nice touch.There were only a few patrons all spread out across the patio, but it proved to be a nice place to sit and enjoy a spicy pineapple margarita and pulled pork fries. After dinner, we went back to our room and enjoyed a bottle of wine mask free.While staying in a hotel may look and feel different in the wake of coronavirus, there's something to be said about enjoying a bit of normalcy in times like these. On our drive home, we learned that several southern states — including North Carolina, where we'd spent the bulk of our time — had spiked in coronavirus cases.We're back in Jersey City now, going on Day 7 of a state-mandated 14-day quarantine. I think travel for most Americans is going to look and feel a little different for the time being — and a lot of what the future holds still remains to be seen.