I'm looking for feedback on the possibility of taking refuge in this particular hotel and in ones similar to it.
I was thinking about places that someone might take refuge in my city if it were too dangerous to make a run for one of the neighboring counties. I’ve come across a possibility, although I realize there’s a slew of potential problems with this.
The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. It’s a rather large structure that’s in downtown Richmond just on the borders of the VCU campus.
Some pictures can be found on these two sites and on most travel sites:
It seems to me that the main problem with the building would be the windows on the first floor. There are quite a few, and even though not all are high enough to be reached from the sidewalk, a sufficient number are. If attacked by a large contingent of zombies, it could be a nightmare. Additionally, I’m not certain just how many entrances/exits there are. I’d really have to take a tour (and ask my friend that works there) to give you an adequate answer as to its defenses. I haven’t forgotten the possibility that there would be a great deal of risk in securing the location in the first place. It might not be abandoned at first, and without a relatively large group with you, it’d be tough to clear out and secure.
I think, however, that there are several merits to this location:
1) If it were too dangerous to get out of the city, it might be a decent place to hole up. Even if the first floor were harder to secure, the upper floors would be much safer.
2) It’s likely to have a sufficient amount of furniture and other items with which you could barricade or block off potential entrances.
3) It could house a large number of people. If you had a big team with you, it could be a decent outpost.
4) It’s likely to have a large food storage area, meaning that the supply problem would be taken care of for a time.
5) The upper floors and the towers command excellent views of the surrounding area. This would be invaluable to scouts and snipers.
Bear in mind that I’m not endorsing this as the “perfect location,” but it does have its good points. Opinions?