A guest who visited the roof of his centrally located four-star hotel in the early hours of New Year’s morning to catch the view ended up plunging 10 storeys down a boiler shaft, according to police who are preparing a report for the coroner.
The 23-year-old man had gone to the roof of the Dupont Circle Hotel in central Washington DC when he somehow tumbled 10 floors to the basement. Firefighters took about an hour to retrieve the man’s body, the Washington Post reported.
The hotel is owned by the Doyle Collection, a group of eight Irish family-owned luxury and urban hotels. The seven other properties are located in central London, Dublin, Cork and Bristol.
Police said the victim went to the roof “to catch a really good view” with another person, possibly his girlfriend.
The paper quoted one of the hotel’s managers, Mark Caldwell, reading a prepared statement calling the death “a tragic accident”.
In an eerie parallel, a tourist went out to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Washington DC four years ago and never returned. His body was found two days later in an apartment building, wedged 15 metres down a ventilation shaft.
Written by Peter Needham