Hotels were damaged in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Charleston, S.C., and
other cities over the weekend in protests that turned violent in the wake
of George Floyd’s death.
Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck while he was handcuffed.
In downtown D.C., scaffolding adjacent to the Hay-Adams hotel
caught fire over the
weekend, while images posted of the Hay-Adams entrance on Sunday morning
showed damaged doors and graffiti.
The Hay-Adams had been temporarily closed due to the
Covid-19 pandemic and remains shuttered.
The nearby Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square had broken
In Atlanta, the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center sustained
extensive damage, with news outlets reporting that rocks were thrown at the
property Friday night. A photo of smashed windows and an upside down,
vandalized grand piano in the Omni’s lobby was posted by a local WSB-TV Atlanta
reporter on Twitter on Saturday.
Operations at the Omni have been suspended since earlier
The Hotel Bennett in Charleston, which has been open, was
damaged on Saturday. According to Matt Owen, vice president of communications
for hotel operator Salamander Hotels & Resorts, rioters broke windows. All
guests at the property remained safe.
“On Sunday, hundreds of volunteers brought renewed hope and
optimism and assisted with cleanup efforts,” said Owen in an emailed statement.
“Hotel Bennett remains open and welcoming guests, and our resolute spirit of
hospitality has never been greater.”
Protest-related damage was reported at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento
Hotel in Sacramento, Calif.,
and the Langham in Chicago.
Update: This report was updated on Tuesday, June 2.