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The city will pay $766,800 per month — or up to $8.1 million over 10 months — if it uses all 254 rooms in the Novotel on the Esplanade for a homeless hotel, a city document says.

The approval form for the latest COVID hotel, signed Feb. 3 by city manager Chris Murray, says the rooms will be rented at $100 per night, not including $30 per day per client for three meals and two snacks.

The contract with the Novotel runs from Feb. 16-Dec. 31.

As with other homeless hotel contracts with the city, the hotel is responsible for providing access to internet and Wi-Fi for clients and staff and cable TV for clients.

The hotel is also to offer housekeeping and laundry services and clean each room weekly. The hotelier will remove all debris, snow and ice from the exterior sidewalks adjacent to the hotel, the contract states.

According to the approved contract, the city will keep the facility smoke-free and will enforce a policy that clients are permitted only to smoke outside at the regulation distance.

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