Washington, DC hosted 25,000 National Guard troops from across the nation this week in order to safeguard presidential inaugural festivities. While photos of troops sleeping on the floor of the Capitol made headlines around the world, others enjoyed five-star hotel accommodations.
National Guard Troops Enjoy Lavish Five-Star Hotel In Washington, DC
I stayed at the Park Hyatt Washington, DC, located in the District’s West End neighborhood, just a short walk from Georgetown. While checking in, I noticed a number of National Guard troops outside the hotel, but did not think much of it.
This is never a cheap hotel, but during the inauguration the nightly rate ran $879 (thankfully, I paid with Hyatt points instead).
When I returned to my room in the evening, I heard all sorts of hooting and hollering outside my door. I stuck my head outside the door and noticed several troops in the hall.
These were all “kids” (hey, I’m over 30 now) who seemed to be enjoying themselves. It didn’t bother me much, so I just went back inside my room.
Later, I went out to dinner. It was 8:30PM. In the lobby, I found dozens of troops in and even more outside.
I asked the front desk what was now obvious. Are these troops staying at the hotel? “Mr. Klint, there’s won’t be a safer hotel in DC” was the reply.
So while pictures like these defined the event:
Hundreds of National Guard Troops sleeping on the floor of US Capitol – taking a break from working tirelessly to keep the grounds and those inside safe.
Many armed, riot shields laying nearby.
— Joe Roetz (@JoeRoetz) January 13, 2021
…others enjoyed finer luxury accommodations.
And it makes sense, doesn’t it? If National Guard are asked to safeguard the city, they need to be well-rested. I suspect most hotels in the city housed troops. Still, it made me chuckle a bit. How thrilling it must have been to be part of this historical event and enjoy a five-star hotel every evening.
My thanks to National Guard units from across the country for your presence in DC. While seeing troops and armored vehicles on the street sadly reminded me of being in Kabul, your presence at this event helped to dissuade many potential disturbances.