Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Image of Guests Takes Hit at Daytona Adam's Mark Hotel

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Image of Guests Takes Hit at Daytona Adam's Mark Hotel

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The Adam's Mark hotel chain has been kicked around quite a bit for how it handled guests at last year's Black College Reunion in Daytona Beach.

Considering the chain's dismal record of discriminatory practices, the thrashing has been deserved.

Now for the other side of the story:

This year's version of the Black College Reunion is in the books with more than 100,000 visitors having crowded into Daytona Beach last weekend.

From most accounts, the event went fairly well, considering the fact such a large number of /young people intent on partying were in one place.

The Adam's Mark, fresh from having settled discrimination lawsuits that grew out of last year's reunion for $8 million, was especially minding its manners.

Unfortunately, some of the hotel's guests weren't.

Those who have heaped criticism on Adam's Mark in the past, and I'm one of them, need to take a look from the other side of the window.

Here's how several of the state's news organizations described the hotel's experience with the Black College Reunion.

From The Miami Herald:

"On Sunday, hotel workers made repeated sweeps to collect mounds of garbage from elevators, hallways and the lobby. Some people vomited or urinated in the stairwells. The smell of marijuana was common in the halls throughout the weekend.

"'We don't have this problem during Race Week, or Bike Week, or spring break,' said Mike Ako, the hotel's general manager."

From the Orlando Sentinel:

"Adam's Mark officials estimate that at least 2,000 people were staying in the hotel's 437 rooms. Far more were in the hotel Saturday night about 10:30. False fire alarms were set off about a dozen times through the night, heightening tensions as hotel managers worried about what to do if they were forced by a genuine emergency to evacuate the densely packed crowd."

From The Associated Press:

"In the lobby, a visitor was openly smoking a marijuana joint. There was trash and broken glass in the hotel's driveway, and vomit and the smell of urine in a stairwell. …

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