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 windows.

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 this spring.

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. 


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