Winter Break Housing Overview

For Winter Break 2020-2021, the residence for all students remaining on campus will be the Hampton Inn at 15 Lincoln St., Lewiston ME 04240. Specific information about the facility is available here. Staff at the Hampton Inn are excited to welcome students to the facility and to partner with Bates in providing a safe and supportive residential environment for the winter break as they have during the semester.   

+FAQs: Amenities

Laundry service will be provided.

Because students will not have access to large scale laundry facilities at the Hampton Inn, laundry service will be offered to residents. A laundry service will pick up and return clean and folded items. Each student will receive a personalized laundry bag to facilitate this process. There is also a coin-operated machine at the Hampton Inn for items students need to wash items immediately. The laundry schedule is as follows:

Sunday evening, Drop off laundry bag and used towels and sheets; pick up new sheets and towels.

Thursday, Pick up clean laundry bags.

Students will have access to hotel amenities.

Students will have access to hotel amenities including the pool and fitness room. These spaces will supplement spaces that students will have access to on campus and provide opportunities for students to support health and wellness needs while at the Hampton Inn. 

  • Parking will be available on site.

Students will have access to network services, including printing services on site.

Staff in Information & Library Services have provided upgraded network access and access to dedicated printers. Each room has a Bates Secure network access point.

+FAQs: Moving to the Hotel

When do I have to move to the hotel?

Students staying over break will move to the hotel on Sunday, November 22. Transportation will be provided for students to move their belongings. More information will be emailed to students.

When can I move back into my original room ?

Students will be able to move back into their original housing placements on Wednesday, January 5. Transportation will be arranged for students to move their belongings.

Do I have to pack up my room completely?

In case of emergency, students should leave their rooms in a state that it can be easily moved out of in less than 30 minutes. Students should prepare their room in whatever way helps them accomplish this depending on their lifestyle and amount of belongings. For most students, this is likely boxing up the majority of their items. Packing materials can be found for free at Post and Print.

Will I still have access to my old room?

Students staying over the break will lose access to their houses and halls on Wednesday, November 25 at 5 PM. Access will not begin again until Wednesday, January 5.

+FAQs: Hotel Facilities & Services (Rooms, Common Spaces, etc.)

Will each student have their own desk?

Yes. Each double has an additional desk.

Will rooms have amenities commonly found in hotel rooms?

Yes, all rooms will have a microwave, mini-fridge, and TV. Rooms are also climate-controlled.

Will students be cleaning their own rooms/bathrooms?

No. Bathrooms will be cleaned weekly by hotel housekeeping staff. Provided that floors are clear of personal items, floors will also be vacuumed in rooms.

Will sheets and towels be provided?

Sheets and one pillow are provided. Clean linens, including towels, will be available weekly through the laundry service.

How will other hotel spaces be cleaned?

Common spaces in the hotel like hallways, elevators, etc. are cleaned according to typical hotel management practices. As is the case on campus, you should not store items in the hallway. For more information on cleaning practices, please visit: https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/coronavirus/

Will students be able to decorate their rooms?

Yes. We want students to feel at home here, just as they would in an on-campus room. Students will have to adhere to the same regulations for decorations as all students. Those regulations can be found on the Environmental Health and Safety website.

How much storage space is there?

Room sizes at the Hampton Inn are consistently larger than similarly designated rooms on campus. As always, storage varies based on how students make use of available space. Students will have a similar amount of furniture and storage as they do in on-campus dorms. The bed frame styles in the hotel will unfortunately not accommodate under-bed storage.

Will other hotel guests be present at the Hampton Inn?

Bates students will have exclusive access to the second and third floors of the hotel, and other hotel guests will stay on different floors. The Hampton Inn is following all state regulations for transmission risk management. Specific protocols for hospitality services can be found on the Hampton Inn website.

In addition, the State of Maine has transmission risk management policies in place for people traveling from high transmission areas, and for travelers staying in lodging establishments. For more information on the Keep Maine Healthy plan, please visit: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy/faqs

Will students have access to printers at the hotel? Will the wifi be sufficient?

Bates is providing printers to the Hampton Inn for student use. Bates has also increased the capacity of wifi at the Hampton in anticipation of increased student usage.

How will students access their rooms?

All students living in the hotel will access their rooms using a key fob, which can be put on a keychain like a regular key. Fobs are more durable and secure than traditional hotel key cards.

What about storing a bike?

Students with bikes can store them at the bike rack outside the Hampton, or inside their rooms if they prefer.

+FAQs: Transportation

Will there be any transportation for students over break?

Yes, the Bobcat Express will continue to provide transportation services to local areas for students over break. The schedule is as follows:

Monday – Sunday*, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM; 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

*The shuttle will not run on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), Christmas (Dec. 25), and New Years Day (Jan. 1).

Due to the COVID-19 precautions, there is currently a limit of (6) passengers in the van, and no riders in the front seat. The amount of passengers per trip is subject to change based on interpretations of CDC information pertaining to the pandemic and local transmission of the virus. Windows are apt to be open for air circulation and ventilation even as the weather gets colder, so it is recommended to be prepared and dress warmly.

How can students contact the Bobcat Express?

The Bobcat Express will be stationed outside the Hampton Inn during service hours. Please visually check on whether the van is present before calling. Students may call (207)-786-8300 to contact the Bobcat Express.  If the van is not present, it is likely on a run and will return shortly. We request that phone calls be limited so as not to interfere with other operations which the Campus Safety dispatcher performs; please do not make repeated calls to check on ETA after a ride request has already been made, and try to limit the number of calls being made from a group request. The additional volume of calls does not speed up the service, and it may hamper other aspects.

Can students reserve a ride in advance?

Students may only make advanced reservations for medical appointments and prescription pick-ups. Please fill out this form to make a request.

More information about the Bobcat Express over break may be found here.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Transportation Coordinator -David Chick at 207-786-6337 or by email- dchick@bates.edu.

+FAQs: Dining Over Break

Will students have access to Dining over break?

Students will have limited access to Dining Services over break. The schedule for Dining Services will be:

Nov. 25 (after Brunch) – Nov. 27, Closed

Nov. 28 – Dec. 12, Brunch and Dinner will be delivered to the Hampton Inn

Dec. 13 – Jan. 3, 2021, Closed

Students who have a demonstrated financial need will be given a daily stipend during the period when dinning is closed.  All other students here for break will be responsible for covering the cost of their meals and may choose to order meals from Dining when open. Students will have access to the breakfast provided daily from the Hampton Inn throughout their stay at the hotel.

How can I order my meals?

  • Review meal options by accessing the commons menu at https://www.bates.edu/dining/
  • Make food selections and email to Cheryl Lacey at clacey@bates.edu
    • Food selections for November 28- December 5 must be received no later than November 23.
    • Food selections for December 6- December 12 need to be emailed not later than November 29.

We cannot guarantee delivery of meals received after the above bolded dates.

Meals will be delivered to the Hampton Inn and placed in the lobby area outside the elevator on the floor where your room is. Once your meal has been delivered you will receive an email notification that it has arrived. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Schwartz at cschwart@bates.edu.

+FAQs: Access to Campus Resources

Will students have access to gym/fitness facilities?

As regulations allow, students will have access to an additional facility on site at the Hampton Inn. Bates Athletics facilities will be closed beginning on Tuesday, November 24 to Monday, January 11, 2021.

Will students have access to Ladd Library?

Students living at the hotel will have access to Ladd Library on the following schedule:

  • Nov. 26 – 29, Closed
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 18, Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm, Saturday-Sunday, Closed
  • Dec. 19 – Jan. 3, 2021, Closed
  • Jan. 4 – 8, Monday-Friday, 8am – 5pm, Saturday-Sunday, Closed

Library access will resume on January 13.

Will students have access to Post and Print?

Students will have limited access to Post and Print over the break. Students can get their packages and mail on the following schedule:

Nov. 28- Dec. 20, Packages will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to the front desk between 2:30-3:00 PM. Students can pick up their packages from the front desk.

Dec. 21- Jan. 4, Students can have mail delivered directly to the hotel at 15 Lincoln St. (if something is delivered to their campus address, students can make an appointment to pick it up at post and print by emailing postandprint@bates.edu or calling 207-786-6098)

+FAQs: Winter Break Access to Medical Services

The partnership between CMMC and BHS is an essential connection to high-quality medical care and guidance around protocols and best practices for health and residential management of COVID-19. Staff in these areas will be relied upon to support the medical needs of our campus community.

To access medical care during winter break, students will be referred to the Central Maine Family Medical Residency on 76 High Street. Appointments can be made by calling 207-795-2800. Dr. Picard remains as the Primary Care Provider for many Bates students. Dr. Picard, Kathy Morin (RN), Lara Van Tassel (MA), and Daisy Savoy (PSR) will be at the Residency Clinic for continuity of care. Your insurance will be billed for medical care visits.

Outside of business hours, students can access medical care at the CMMC Emergency Department or Urgent Care.

HoursLocationStreet AddressPhone
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Central Maine Family Medical Residency at CMMC76 High Street, Lewiston, ME 04240207-795-2800
7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.Maine Urgent Care in affiliation with CMMC685 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, ME 04240207-795-5050
24 hours a dayCMMC Emergency Department300 Main St., Lewiston, ME 04240
+FAQs: Student Support and Campus Safety at the Hampton Inn

Will Campus Safety respond to the Hampton Inn?

Yes! Campus Safety will respond to calls and concerns for Hampton Inn student residents as they will for all students in Bates housing. There will be no members of Campus Safety living at the hotel.

Who can students contact if they have questions?

Students will be able to contact the Front Desk for questions about amenities at the hotel. Other questions may be directed to housing@bates.edu. For non-emergency medical needs, students may contact the CMMC Family Residency Clinic at 207-795-2800.

+FAQs: COVID-19 Testing

Will students be tested for COVID-19?

Yes, all students remaining on campus over break are required to test twice a week. Testing will be conducted at the Hampton Inn on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 PM weekly.

What will happen if a student needs to be isolated?

If a student is put into isolation, they would be transported to an on-campus residence specifically designated for isolation housing. Food and other amenities will be available in these residences.

What will happen if a student is quarantined?

If a student is quarantined, they will do so in their room in the hotel. Food will be delivered to them by Dining Services.