April 16th, 2013 | David Eisen

Hotels tighten security in response to Boston bombing

16 Apr, 2013 By: David Eisen

Hotels in Boston—and to a lesser degree in New York and Washington, D.C.—have tightened up security after twin bombs detonated on Boylston Street yesterday toward the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three and injuring scores of others.

The bombs exploded right up against The Fairmont Copley Plaza, which served as the race's headquarters, an episode that was eerily reminiscent of the 2008 Mumbai bombings at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels. They also bring back to mind the vulnerability of so-called "soft targets."

We've since heard from the Fairmont Copley Plaza. As of today, the hotel is open and operating all its services and amenities, Susanne Wenz, regional director of public relations for The Fairmont Copley Plaza, tells Hotel Management.

Here is the latest statement from the hotel:
"We are shocked and saddened by the explosions that occurred yesterday at the finish line of The Boston Marathon, two blocks away from the hotel. The hotel team is working diligently to assist guests with whatever they may need. We count ourselves very fortunate that all our colleagues and guests are accounted for and safe. In the wake of this tragedy, we continue to keep the victims and their families in our thoughts.  All of our services and amenities are available for our guests. While there may be some detours as a result of the road closures and the ongoing investigation of the area, the hotel is accessible and our team is available to assist guests with their arrival to the hotel."

As USA Today reports, many hotels took necessary security measures in the aftermath of the bombing:

  • Starwood hotels in Boston, New York and Washington increased security measures.
  • Forced evacuation of the Mandarin Oriental.
  • Wyndham has ramped up security in its hotels in Boston as well as New York and is implementing a restriction on accepting checked luggage.
  • Marriott International is monitoring the situation closely and "out of an abundance of precaution, has enhanced security measures at its nearby hotels, which include eight Marriott-branded properties and a Ritz-Carlton.
  • Hilton Worldwide has increased security at hotels in the Boston area as well as other properties "as appropriate."
  • The Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel has also upped security measures.

Some New York hotels, particularly those in the Times Square vicinity, have been beefing up security, too. These include the Tishman Corp.-owned InterContinental and Westin hotels in Times Square, where only resgistered guests are allowed to access the hotels.

Additionally, many hotel operators of hotels in Boston have waived fees for last-minute bookings.

  • Fairmont Hotels
  • Four Seasons
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Hyatt Hotels
  • InterContinental Hotels
  • Kimpton
  • Marriott
  • Preferred Hotels
  • Ritz-Carlton
  • Sheraton Hotels
  • W Hotels
  • Westin Hotels
  • Wyndham Hotels


Topic : Boston Bombing
External Source : USA Today, Boston.com

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