Image for representational purposes only.
It was Fleet Week in New York City — the Big Apple’s time-honored celebration of America’s sea services — an opportunity to meet and thank the men and women who serve in the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. It was also Memorial Day weekend, and the city was playing host to thousands of uniformed members of the U.S. military. But one swanky hotel, it seems, wasn’t such a good host to a Navy officer who wanted to enjoy a special Saturday evening with friends.
According to an account in The New York Daily News, Manhattan’s Standard hotel did anything but set a good standard for showing respect to a uniformed officer of the United States Navy. The woman was reportedly wearing her iconic white uniform when she and a group of well-dressed friends tried to enter a lounge at the hotel.
Advertisement – story continues below
The sailor was blocked at the elevator to the Top of The Standard lounge around 8 p.m. Saturday when she arrived with three others who wore cocktail attire, one member of the spurned group told the Daily News on Monday.
“We walked in, went to the elevator and were stopped by a doorman who said, ‘Hey man, there’s a dress code,’ said Ryan O’Connor, the husband of the sailor’s cousin. “I said, ‘Wait, are you rejecting us because someone is in a service uniform?’ He kind of rolled his eyes and wouldn’t budge.”
The Standard hotel, which is within walking distance of Ground Zero, charges as much as several thousand dollars a night for a room with a view of the skyline or the Hudson River. But it apparently had nothing to do with money on Saturday night, when the female Navy officer was denied entry to the lounge because she was in her military uniform.
The Daily News article points out: “The Rhode Island sailor stationed in Virginia declined to give an interview Monday, but her relatives spoke out and sent an email to The Standard’s management expressing their outrage at her treatment.”
Advertisement - story continues below
And their complaint got action. A hotel manager quickly wrote the family an apology and an invitation to return to The Standard for the kind of respectful treatment befitting a member of the U.S. military.
“’We most certainly do appreciate and take a lot of pride (in) all the young people giving their lives to defend our nation,’ manager Nayara Branco wrote to the family.”
There’s no word on when, or if, the sailor will pay a return visit to the hotel that turned her away because she was proudly dressed in the uniform of the armed forces that, ironically, were being honored during Fleet Week.
Facebook has greatly reduced the distribution of our stories in our readers' newsfeeds and is instead promoting mainstream media sources. When you share to your friends, however, you greatly help distribute our content. Please take a moment and consider sharing this article with your friends and family. Thank you.