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And no, we're not asking that question because the room rate was so outrageous at $8,400 a night and because taxpayers might be footing the bill. instead, we're asking that because you can be sure that if we have nearly ten grand to spend on a hotel room in Beijing, it's not going to be at the Westin Chaoyang. That's for sure.
We'd rather spend our money at the Opposite House in Sanlitun or try out one of the suites at the just-opened Waldorf Astoria. Wait, what are we thinking? Clearly, we're going to lay our head down on the pillows at the Peninsula Hotel. See, there are plenty of other better choices than a Westin if you've got $10,000 to spend.
Lots of hotels have presidential suites. Though we can't manage to get a video camera into all of them, we can sometimes get excited when we learn of a particular guest that has stayed in one.
Back in June, in the days leading up to Mandela Day, Michelle Obama visited Cape Town, where she reportedly toured the District 6 Museum and lunched at the Kitchen, a small deli on Sir Lowry Road Woodstock. Her hotel of choice? The Table Bay Hotel, where she, Sasha, and Malia slept in the Table Mountain Presidential Suite.
The Obama family really does love the Hay-Adams Hotel. Not only did the first fam spend the weeks leading up to Barack's inauguration occupying the Presidential Suite at the iconic old-school luxe D.C. hotel, but now Michelle Obama has shown the hotel the ultimate love: the opportunity to be forever immortalized with her on the cover of Vogue.
According to People, the new first lady was photographed by famed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz recently, and the portrait which shows Mrs. Obama leaning on the arm of a beige Hay-Adams couch appears on the cover of Vogue's March issue. While almost every first lady has appeared in the mag, only Hillary Clinton was ever featured on the cover before Michelle.
Naturally, we got to thinking: if we were being photographed for a Vogue cover (by Annie L., no less), which hotel would we want to serve as the backdrop for our portrait? A super cool and sleek design hotel? Or more of an older classic like the Hay Adams?
Eh, we might as well go with the Hay-Adams especially if we knew Vogue was picking up the tab. Rates for standard rooms start at around $395.00 these days, but going rate for a one-bedroom suite (which we'd probably request because a suite would have a variety of furniture upon which to artfully arrange ourselves) is up around a staggering $3,200 a night.
Talking about Love in an Elevator-style (that's "Living it up, while we're going down" if you don't follow Aerosmith), the NY Post is reporting that Michelle Obama ordered up a frenzy of room service afternoon treats while Barack was in a meeting the other day:
While he was at a meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Michelle Obama called room service and ordered lobster hors d'oeuvres, two whole steamed lobsters, Iranian caviar and champagne, a tipster told Page Six.
That's a whole lotta lobster. Also, we knew the Waldorf was swank and stuff but we didn't know they had this kind of fare on the in-room dining menu. Maybe this would please our picky friend?
But Michelle wasn't the only one ordering up a storm. The hotel also hosted the FFANY's Shoes on Sale event where 33,000 pairs of shoes were sold, according to Womens' Wear Daily. The event raised $1 million for breast cancer research.