BOSTON — Hotels bordering the area of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings heightened security and hospitality measures at their properties in the aftermath of the tragedy, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Sheraton Boston Hotel and Boston Marriott Copley Place handed out towels and fruit to runners returning from the race; Boston Marriott Copley Place set up a makeshift buffet at its Champions restaurant to feed hungry guests.

“The challenge operationally was just keeping up with the food and beverage demands along with the other security challenges,” said Lucy Slosser, Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel spokeswoman, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal. “It was a difficult day.”

Providing hospitality during this time has been challenging as police are investigating one of the largest crime scenes in the city’s history and have evacuated some hotels while keeping guests at other hotels in lockdown. For instance, the Mandarin Oriental hotel and the Lenox, both within a few yards of the two blasts — were evacuated Monday and remained closed Tuesday as part of a growing crime scene. With consultation from officials, most hotels in the area have heightened security, although most won’t disclose which measures are being taken. [The Wall Street Journal]

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