WASHINGTON, D.C. A difficult news cycle for the W Hotels Worldwide brand has gotten even worse with the death of a woman who fell from the rooftop lounge at W Washington D.C.
Witnesses say the unidentified woman, who had been drinking, climbed over a 4-ft. fence at P.O.V. Rooftop & Lounge, which overlooks The White House. She was seen clinging to an overhang before dropping 10 stories to the ground below; she was declared dead at the scene. Police are initially classifying the death as a suicide, although the investigation continues.
The tragedy in Washington is the latest in a string of negative press for the W brand.
On Tuesday, officials at W Austin Hotel & Residences closed the property indefinitely to replace nearly 1,000 glass balcony panels after three separate incidents in which panels inexplicably fell to the ground. In one case, the glass fell onto the pool deck, injuring four people and spawning two lawsuits.
And last month, a 30-year-old woman was killed when she and her friend tumbled out of a 10th-floor guestroom at W Atlanta Midtown when a floor-to-ceiling window gave out. A second person was seriously injured in that incident, although she is recovering.