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Donald Trump keeps getting dissed. First President Obama whips out his birth certificate to put to rest the Donald's lame "birther" conspiracy. Then Rosie O'Donnell snubs Trump by announcing she's choosing to boycott his Trump Chicago International Hotel and Tower.
O'Donnell was supposed to move into the Trump's penthouse suite for her daytime TV comeback for the OWN channel, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, which will be taped in Oprah's Harpo Studios. But she changed her mind.
Despite her long-standing feud with the Donald, Rosie O'Donnell plans to move into his Trump Chicago International Hotel and Tower.
O'Donnell will be making the penthouse suite in the Chicago hotel her home while she tapes her new OWN talk show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, in Oprah's soon-to-be-vacated Harpo Studios.
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While you sat at home watching Lisa Rinna and Star Jones get catty and Richard Hatch push David Cassidy on the season-opener of Celebrity Apprentice last night, the show's D-list cast was whooped it up a day early, hanging at the Encore Las Vegas to celebrate the premiere on Saturday night.
Gary Busey, Lil Jon, 2010 Playmate of the Year Hope Dworaczyk and Real Housewives of Atlanta diva NeNe Leakes all kicked it at Surrender Nightclub. According to hotel officials, the only appearance Donald Trump was able to offer was in a prerecorded message: "Ladies and gentleman, this is Donald Trump. My man from The Celebrity Apprentice Lil Jon is on the turntable. If you're not partying, your ass is fired!"
There’s nothing quite like seeing a celeb mix with the hoi polloi, and when it’s a celeb like Donald Trump making beds, scrubbing basins and carrying people’s luggage to their rooms, in his own hotel, it makes us go a little bit squeegy.
Yup, the Donald is interviewed on Oprah today, and, as part of the deal, he was sent to work the most menial jobs at a Trump hotel (which from the snatches on the video we’re fairly sure is Chicago).
In the preview, we see the Donald taking a dog for a walk, plumping pillows, delivering room service and putting some elbow grease into cleaning that sink.
Our very own hotel Agent Zero returns with yet another review. Her not-real name is Myra Ellen and she's our version of Alex Goran who travels once a week for business, usually along the Eastern seaboard. Every so often, she'll be dropping in with her latest hotel and travel observations. In this episode, she loses her virginity to Donald Trump.
I was a Trump Hotel virgin. I admit that I’d always purposely stayed away, not interested in what the brand represents. So it’s a sort of long story about how I ended up there during a recent, one-night stay. But my experience is a shorter story: it was practically perfect.
There’s something wonderful about a new, luxurious, immaculate hotel. And Trump SoHo exemplifies this.
We couldn't help it! This hotel is, in typical Trump fashion, massive and showy, not to mention the sixth-tallest building in the world. It nearly dominates the skyline, especially with that spire on top. Coincidentally, we learned today that the hotel's spire will be lit up tonight for the first time.
Chicago Tribune's CityScapes blog reports:
Shortly after sunset at 8:29 p.m., newly-installed, energy-efficient LED lights will illuminate the spire atop the riverfront hotel and condominium tower, which is Chicago’s second-tallest building. They will color the 227-foot-tall spire in red, white and blue, honoring Independence Day. The color scheme will continue through July 11.
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The first phase of the hotel's $30-million renovation is complete, with the new-look rooms now open for business. The remaining half of the rooms will start getting their overhaul this weekend.
Like Trump Soho, the look is clean, classic but modern, and has been driven more by Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric than the man everyone calls Mr. Trump himself. (He did, however, insist on a few specific amenities. You can see which ones in our photo gallery...)
We couldn't make the Trump Soho ribbon-cutting this morning which was attended by the family Trump (Donald, Donny Jr, Ivanka, and Eric) but we did have a hotel spy who just happened to be walking near the hotel about an hour before the 11am opening ceremony. Here is what he had to say:
The lobby is crawling with gussied up hotel employees who all seem to be nervously anticipating the 11 AM ribbon cutting. Donald Trump Jr. is in the house and appears to be hard a work strategically plotting the opening.
So many people and so much anticipation in the lobby we headed down stairs to the lower lobby and rest area in order to find some quiet.
The lower lobby restrooms (photo above) are pristine and ready to go, as are all the employees up stairs. Time to hand out key cards and cut the ribbon.
Interested in spending the night? We found rooms next weekend starting at $409 a night. Check out all the glorious room pics and photos here.
In New York, the Trump Organization is preparing for a big opening party for Trump SoHo—but down in Florida, things aren't looking nearly as sunny for the Trump Fort Lauderdale. Trouble for the beachfront condo-hotel project began with the real-estate slump and credit crisis, but worsened in March, with a mortgage holder filing for foreclosure against the developers, SB Associates LLC.
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He's won the gold medal in figure skating, he's got the girl (fellow gold medalist Natsia Liuken) and he's rumored to do a stint on "Dancing with the Stars" but what does Evan Lysacek really want to do? According to Entertainment Weekly, he may get involved with hotels.
I have a lot of other interests…. Movies, design, other sports, literature, photography, fashion, travel, music, etc. But I am the kind of person that likes to sit down and formulate a plan and a course of action before I take my first step in a new direction. I need to find something that gives me the perfect balance of discipline and creativity. I’ve always admired hotel moguls like Andre Balazs, Steve Wynn, and Donald Trump (more real estate than hotel).
If you're a discerning traveler who only enjoys spending the night at Trump Hotels, then you can finally start booking your Hawaii vacation as Trump Waikiki has finally opened its doors to real live guests yesterday. The AP reports:
The 38-story, 463-unit tower is located steps from the sand and Fort DeRussy Park. It features a library, wine cellar and a spa, along with 24-hour room, valet and concierge services. The fully furnished suites, which have views of the Pacific and the Honolulu skyline, feature everything from high-end appliances to Italian marble counters.
Oh and let's not forget about the hotel's very kid-friendly services!
With all the breathless anticipation over the February opening of the Trump SoHo, we almost forgot that the Don and the kids had other properties. (Almost but not quite—after all, how can you miss those towers cutting off your access to the sun?) But you don't expect the Trumps to let their flagship baby languish while the cool kid downtown gets all the attention, do you? Of course not!
So it will come as no surprise, then, that the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York (that big sucker at the bottom of Central Park) is getting a multimillion-dollar spit and polish come January.
While the Forbes (formerly Mobil) Five-Star Hotel has always been stately and posh, the renovations will, according to Donald J. Trump Jr, put it in step with the "elegant, classic-contemporary feel of the other Trump Hotel Collection properties." It was Don Jr. himself who approved the model room displaying the proposed renos. So, what can all those tween stars expect when their tours bring them back to NYC in 2010?