Quarantine hotels are all-too familiar in Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Since the early days of the pandemic, international arrivals have been holed up in these closely-guarded properties for up to 14 days at a time, compelled to see out their quarantine period in extreme isolation. Travellers are confined to one hotel room or suite, often with no fresh air, limited entertainment, and little choice of sustenance. It’s claustrophobic, yes – but for many on essential journeys, there is simply no choice. By contrast, the UK’s own approach to quarantine has been relatively lax. You can spend your self-isolation in the comfort of your home, or a friend’s, with little chance of even a phone call from the police. But now, the Government is seeking to tighten its border controls – and looking to Australasia’s quarantine hotels for inspiration. So what is it like to spend 14 days in isolation, confined to a single hotel room? 'We were escorted from the airport by the police – flashing lights and everything' Karen Edwards, travel writer Each morning, at 730am, I’d wake up startled to a loud knock on our hotel room door. I’d wearily open an eye and for a split second consider ignoring the calls of ‘room service’ and letting my jetlagged eyelids succumb to their heaviness. But if I did, my two boiled eggs – which had to last me until lunch time – would go cold. Okay, I’m up. Welcome to hotel quarantine at the Hyatt Regency in Perth. The name sounds glamorous, and with the standard cost for a 14-day stay at AUD$3,000 (£1,700) for one person or AUD$4,000 (£2,200) for a couple – paid by the guest unless you provide proof of hardship – you’d hope for some luxury. But any perks were few and far between. My partner and I were just grateful to be allocated a clean room with en suite bathroom – although there was no outside access or fresh air. Thankfully, floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of light and we had ample space for a king bed, TV and desk.