The Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown became the subject of controversy after we reported last week that Richard Friedman, the hotel’s general manager, covered up a Christmas tree in the lobby at the request of some Jewish guests. (Read that story here.)
The hotel has since apologized for the incident. Here’s a copy of a letter Kevin Johnson, the hotel’s assistant manager, sent to Jerry Gregory of Irvington, who first complained about the tree covering.
“We are extremely embarrassed by our actions this weekend and truly regret that anyone was offended. We were acting at the request of a guest who had essentially rented almost our entire facility for a weekend event. In granting this request based on a religious observance, we should have recognized the impact of our actions on other faiths. We are very sorry to have needlessly disrupted the holiday observance of so many. In the future, should we be faced with similar circumstances, we will consult with others knowledgeable in these holiday customs before we would take any action”
If you were offended by the incident, or don’t think it should have become such a volatile issue, share your thoughts in the comments.