The largest U.S. hotel companies reported a handful of closures from Hurricane Sandy, aside from properties in evacuation zones, as of about 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Monday.
Marriott International said its Ritz-Carlton-managed Abaco Club on Winding Bay in the Bahamas has been shut down because of limited power, telephone and water service, while InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) reported that “about a handful” of Holiday Inn Express hotels along the mid-Atlantic coast were also closed.
As for Marriott’s evacuation-zone properties, the New York Marriott Downtown, the Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park, and a Courtyard and Fairfield Inn in Atlantic City are closed, while IHG’s Holiday Inn Express West Atlantic City is closed to the general public but is offering a $75/night discounted rate for emergency workers.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts said the W New York Downtown and Sheraton Atlantic City evacuated their guests, though the Sheraton is serving as an emergency-services staging center. (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered the closure of all Atlantic City casinos on Monday afternoon.)
The rest of Starwood's Mid-Atlantic properties, including hotels in the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington areas as well as those in Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, are accepting guests and have made “all necessary storm precautions,” the company said.
Wyndham Worldwide said its Wingate by Wyndham hotels in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York remained open, with its York, Pa., hotel giving discounts to locals in need via their Facebook page.
Midtown Manhattan’s Wingate by Wyndham is sold out and will remain open because it’s not in an evacuation zone.
Wyndham also said the Ramada Nags Head in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., is open and has had “minor leaks and water damage,” though may be affected by floods this afternoon. Virginia Beach’s Ramada on the Beach is open and has had “very little water intrusion,” the company said.
Hilton Worldwide, which hadn’t reported any closures, said it was waiving cancellation fees for reservations at hotels in affected areas, starting yesterday through tomorrow.
Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group have not reported closures or damage.
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