With state troops in D.C. staying at the Marriott Marquis, Arne Sorenson will have a tough time making claims to wokeness. Here are 5 facts about hotel stays for the National Guard troops in D.C.
- National Guard troops from South Carolina, Utah, New Jersey, and Maryland descended on D.C. to control protests. They need to spend the night somewhere.
- There were false rumors that Guard troops were being put up in the Trump hotel in D.C.
- Instead their primary lodging location is the Marriott Marquis.
- The government is paying the maximum allowable rate of $256 per night. Even with hotels nationwide at 36% occupancy, the government isn’t taking advantage of low rates as it fills up this Marriott. In fact this is more expensive than almost any other night I can find at the property where a room is for sale.
- D.C.’s Mayor wants Guard troops out of the city. There were claims she would “invoke the third amendment” to kick them out. That was silly. The amendment reads,
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The federal goverment wasn’t putting troops up in a home against the owner’s wishes. The hotel took reservations and is profiting handsomely.
Though Marriott CEO Sorenson says one of the ways they deliver value to guests is through resort fees it appears they don’t consider protests an add-on leisure activity because the property isn’t currently adding destination charges to bookings: