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While Jaunted will be bidding its life savings on Elizabeth Taylor's old Louis Vuitton luggage, you can get your own priority viewing of the rest of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christie's Rockefeller Center by booking this new package at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York.
For $825, the package includes a one-night stay, the priority access viewing from Dec. 3-12, a $250 donation so the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation made by the hotel, a copy of the Christie's souvenir publication, Elizabeth Taylor: A-Z, a copy of the Christie's Gallery Guide for The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor and breakfast for two at Jean George's Nougatine.
Oh and we almost forgot: a $500 gift card to Ivanka Trump Jewelry, good towards a purchase of $2,000 or more at the shop at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue or the new Soho store at 109 Mercer Street.
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If you're planning on visiting Toronto in the new year, you've got a new luxury hotel to consider--The Trump Toronto.
The latest biggest and bestest Trump hotel has just announced that they will open on January 31, 2012. It will be the only luxury hotel in the city's Financial District. And the rooms sure do look pretty! Perhaps because they were inspired by some luxe items--champagne and caviar. No, for real. The press release actually said that.
Since we love the bubbly (caviar not so much), we're curious as to whether or not the rooms will have champagne prices. We tried to use the hotel's convenient Facebook booking app, to suss out the room rates on opening night but an error message kept appearing. But no worries, the hotel's website was working just fine and we found Superior King rooms available for $495 CAD (or about $488 in USD) on January 31st. Sigh. We've got champagne tastes and a mid-service budget.
This should probably read..."Nobody put the pregnant woman in the room across from the elevator."
Having just been through this whole pregnancy adventure ourselves, we were relieved to see Ivanka advocating simple but important amenities--not frivolous ones like baby bump facials for an additional cost.
At the top of her list was a plethora of pillow choices. Very necessary since a pregnant woman likes to sleep with a minimum of three pillows every night. Minimum. Ivanka also recommended hotels offer up massages (both foot and prenatal), extra munchies in the minibar, lots of hydrating drinks from water to fresh fruit juices and to keep the rooms cool (very true, as this was one of the few times in our life where we didn't turn off the A/C upon entering a hotel room.)
But here are a few other hotel perks we enjoyed during our pregnant hotel stays (we stayed in about 16 hotels over nine months) and a few amenities we wished some hotels had:
We caught the news about the new Trump Toronto last summer when the least annoying Trump—Ivanka—TwitPic'd photos of herself in hard hat and swish navy-and-white dress inspecting the site. But now word comes that the hotelier, spa visionary, occasional model and handbag designer is pushing south of the border too with a 364-room, 70-story, $400 million building in Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama.
The first 15 floors feature a casino, restaurants, spas, shops and Bay Loft apartments; hotel rooms and residences both start on the 16th floor.
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Jewelry designer, handbag designer, sometimes model, newlywed, television star and hotelier. My god, we couldn't be more jealous of Ivanka Trump's titles. And if there's one thing Ivanka loves just as much as her new hotels, it's posing in them avec hard hat while they're under construction.
Last year, during the building of the Trump Soho, she donned a swingy red dress to give us a sneak peek into the space and this year, she's doing a navy-and-white nautical thing for a TweetPhoto in the construction of one of the hotel floors of the Trump Toronto.
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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...)
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Celebrities are known for demanding the very best (and bringing out the very worst) in hotels around the world. This week we’ve been uncovering a few of the most outrageous requests divas like J-Lo and Justin Timberlake have made during recent hotel stays.
So it only makes sense that some of these needy nabobs think they can go into the hotel business for themselves. And sure, sometimes it works out (see Gloria Estefan below). But other times? Not so much (see Jay-Z).
We thought it would be interesting to update our Celebrity Hotel Report Card. Especially given the news that set the blogosphere atwitter last week: that Posh Spice was offered $40 million to design a hotel in Dubai!
For more about which celebrities are looking to conquer the hospitality industry, read on!
Now that Ivanka Trump has gone and got hitched, she’s trying to entice everyone else to tie the knot, too. As you may know, aside from being executive vice president of development and acquisitions for The Trump Organization, Ivanka has her own line of baubles, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, which has a store on Madison Avenue. And The Don’s girl obviously learned something about synergy, because she’s just announced a promotion that marries (har har) the Trump hotels with her diamond rings.
Customers who buy a ring from Ivanka’s Bridal Bar will also score a three-course champagne dinner and a night in a Trump hotel in Manhattan. Sounds like a neat little proposal package, sure, but we’re going to stop short of calling this promo a “deal.” According to the New York Daily News, the sparkers in Ivanka’s line start at $15,000. We’re pretty sure you could hit the Diamond District and get a ring for a lot less—and still have some cash left over for a night at the Trump International Hotel & Tower (where rooms start at around $595 a night) and dinner at Jean-Georges (there’s a prix-fixe menu for $98).
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In case you missed it, Ivanka Trump was on Nightline last week, talking about nepotism, her conversion to Judaism, her impending marriage, and—our favorite part—Trump SoHo. There’s not too much of the hotel’s much-vaunted Rockwell design to see in this clip, but if you want to see Ivanka in construction boots, this may be as close as you’ll get without stalking the still-in-the-works hotel. (She says her dad would kill her if he saw her in 4-inch stilettos on a construction site.)
You can kinda sorta see the view from the Terrace Penthouse, even though it’s raining and Ivanka doesn’t want to go out on the balcony. For the rest of the details, we turned to the hotel’s press release to get our imagination working …
Want to be one of the first to stay at the new Trump SoHo opening in February? And meet Ivanka Trump? (And, no, it doesn’t involve becoming an apprentice chamber maid or front-desk clerk.) In a promotion we can totally get behind, the hotel has a “Trump SoHo Hotel Countdown” website which includes a contest to win a two-night stay in a spectacular suite, dinner for two at Quattro, and a VIP invitation for the hotel’s big opening bash with Ivanka.
It couldn’t be easier to enter—just punch in your email address. Plus! Reading the fine print for the sweepstakes gave us some valuable intel on the hotel’s opening timeline. The Trump SoHo’s Twitter page says the hotel does not have an official opening date yet—listing “February 2010” in their bio—but here’s what we found reading the contest rules:
It's Couture Collection week in Paris, which naturally means lots of pretty people dressed in avant-garde black outfits are stepping in and out of the city's poshest hotels, each one carefully matched to their image. Luckily for us, Fashion Week Daily did the leg work of discovering the favorite properties of the power players, and exactly where Ivana Trump does her dry cleaning.
Some of the choices of the fashion set are unsurprising; Houston Socialite Becca Cason Thrash sleeps at The Ritz and Hilary Alexander of The Daily Telegraph hunkers down at the Hotel Normandy. Others keep second houses in town or shack up next door to Chanel on Rue Cambon, as is the case with Daphne Guinness. What really surprises us, however, is Ivana Trump's obsession with the Hotel Le Bristol, a "grand dame" property known for its discreetness, and apparently, its excellent dry cleaning service. Since it is a fashion week, we'll forgive Ivana for thinking the laundry to be the most noteworthy bit of a hotel.
[Image: Chic Report/FWD]
Catalogs for Ivanka Trump's jewelry collection!
Yup. It's true. That's pretty much all your reading material here at Trump Las Vegas. In fact, there's not even an in-room compendium to browse through while killing time in the suite. It figures Trump would only promote Trump in his properties.
We're holed up here right now and while the full review will be forthcoming tomorrow, we'll let you know that despite the lack of in-room reading material, we're actually liking Trump's place.
The hotel does not have a casino or any sort of nightlife for that matter (aside from the DJT Steakhouse) but that's actually a welcome change for a frequent Vegas visitor like ourselves.
The suite we're in has a king bed, a kitchenette and two full bathrooms--one of which is the size of our living room.
So far, the only downsides are slow-ish service, $11.99 WiFi charge and being able to hear the sirens 44 floors below. What? Did The Donald not soundproof these gold-carat windows?