The hotel industry has been hit hard by coronavirus crisis. Huge hotels are now only hosting a handful of guests while most of the country hunkers down at home.
But that hasn’t stopped some local hotels from showing their community some love during tough times.
The DoubleTree Hotel in Crystal City, one of the first buildings you see when driving into Arlington via the 14th Street Bridge, has turned one of its now-vacant wings into a large, lighted heart.
The hotel’s general manager, who together with another manager turns the 52 lights on at night, told WJLA that the gesture is intended to “help everybody recognize that they are not alone and that there’s a little bit of love and hope out there.”
“We’re going to get through this together and we will be here to welcome them back when the time comes,” he told the station.
Other hotels in the Crystal City area, as seen in the following social media post from Arlington County, have followed suit.
— arlingtonva (@ArlingtonVA) April 7, 2020