A Washington D.C. hotel is being inundated with negative online reviews after it said it would close for three days in early January, disrupting the plans of some Trump supporters who intended to stay there while in town for a protest.
Hotel Harrington announced on Monday that it will not accommodate any guests, save for long-term residents, on January 4, 5 and 6.
The move came after The Washington Post reported the hotel, located near the White House, and its bar, Harry’s, has become the “unofficial headquarters” of the the Proud Boys in recent months.
Hundreds of members of the far-right group have reportedly stayed at the hotel while in Washington for protests and many were expected to return for a protest on January 6—the day Congress is set to certify Joe Biden‘s election victory.
The Harrington’s decision to cancel reservations between January 4 and 6 has infuriated some of the president’s supporters, who have taken to the hotel’s social media pages to post scathing reviews.
“No, I haven’t stayed there but the closing of the hotel to non-regular guests on January 4,5,6 2021 is a terrible way to treat those that were registered to stay there during this time period,” one person wrote on the hotel’s Facebook page.
The hotel has also received a series of one-star Google reviews since the announcement.
“Canceled reservations for Americans coming to attend a presidential rally? I hope you realize the giant target you put on your company’s back by pandering to the cancel culture,” one review said.
Furious customers also took to an online forum for “serious supporters of President Trump” to complain about losing their reservations. Some posts urged people to call the hotel to complain, while others encouraged people to flood the hotel’s pages with negative reviews.
In a statement posted on Facebook on Monday, the Harrington said its decision was motivated by the need “to protect the safety of our visitors, guests and employees.” A pro-Trump protest earlier this month that was attended by a large number of Proud Boys ended in violence.
“Washington, D.C. has been our home for 106 years and we join with all of our guests, visitors, staff and neighbors in our concern and desire for everyone’s health and safety,’ the statement said.
“We greatly appreciate the trust our guests have placed in Hotel Harrington over the years and we wish to continue to earn that trust. While we cannot control what happens outside of the hotel, we are taking additional steps to protect the safety of our visitors, guests and employees.”
The hotel said refunds would be issued for all pre-paid reservations.
Hotel Harrington has been contacted for additional comment.