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Time for a touch of levity, we think, and this one we couldn't resist. A video by Funny or Die detailing what life might look like inside the Boca Raton hotel rooms of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney while they're on the campaign trail.
We cracked up at the Michelle Obama bits and gigglesnorted at Ann Romney's choice of bedside reading material.
Sigh. If only politics were always this funny!
Republican Senator Rob Portman, whose family owns Lebanon, Ohio's 200-year old Golden Lamb Inn, recently gave a tour of the state's oldest (and some say haunted due to three deaths) hotel to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during a stop along his campaign trail.
According to a local news source, there was a bit of gentle teasing on the Inn's rates.
“He calls it The Golden Lamb. But I think when you look at the prices, you'll determine it's the golden fleece,” Romney quipped. “Careful,” Portman responded, with a smile. Romney clarified, “Actually it's modest, it's a modest price point. I mean this is like $130 a night... for history!”
While walking around the Inn, which 12 presidents (including George W. Bush and John Quincy Adams) have visited, Sen. Portman's wife said “This is great. We can't wait to have a Mitt Romney room.”
There's a funny about a binder full of presidents, right? Right?
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If your Twitter and FB feeds haven’t yet been blown to smithereens regarding last night’s Presidential Debate, then we want to know your secret. But at HC, we want to focus on a key issue—and that is—where do presidents like to sleep when they’re on the road? And can we, the public, duplicate that experience?
So, while others choose to argue politics with friends, family, and..strangers on the internet, we’d rather entertain you with these hotels’ Presidential Suites and tempt you into voting on a stay there.
The US Grant, San Diego
The Penthouse Presidential Suite (from $3,500 a night) on the rooftop of this historic hotel is celebrated for its views of the city and the bay. Oh, and it’s recognized for the 14 presidents that have stayed here for the past 100 years--most recently George Bush Sr. Originally a radio station, it was the place where FDR broadcast his first ‘fireside chat’ outside of DC. The hotel has put together a package where you can actually stay inside the lavish suite, receive a city helicopter tour, and a chef’s dinner for two for $2012. Reserve online (rate plan LZPKG1) or call 866-716-8136.
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We saw President Obama on “The View” this morning just as we were taking a look again at the AKA White House's “Presidential Pampering Package” that had landed in our inbox. We’d been going back and forth on it because the price tag is just so hefty, it’s just one of those things where you 1) you wish you were friends with someone who could afford it 2) know there are people who can afford it, and you hate them.
But, as we begin our own Presidential-election hotel coverage, we thought we’d kick it off with this bit of fantasy for your daydreaming pleasure.
The AKA White House’s “Presidential Pampering Package” is designed for 12 guests to take over the Washington D.C. residential-style hotel’s entire penthouse floor during the presidential inauguration. Four suites comprising of two, one-bedroom suites and two, two-bedroom suites, and a 1,100-square foot outdoor terrace are just the living basics, but it’s the perks that dazzle enough to make one wonder if they have $57,000 (in honor of the 57th inauguration) to blow on a seven-day stay with 11 of their closest friends.
Let’s list them, and you do the math:
*Daily continental breakfast served en-suite
*Personal 24/7 on-call butler
*Personal 24/7 chauffeur
*A private two-hour en-suite cocktail party with open bar and appetizers
*Daily housekeeping service & turndown service
*Twelve plush AKA robes
It’s time for the annual, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Show, where the Iranian leader comes to NYC and addresses the U.N. at the General Assembly Meeting where he makes a traditionally anti-American, Anti-Semitic speech that leaves people fired up for days. His political rants need no further comment. Instead, we continue to be fascinated by hotels that still put him and his band of brothers up. Also, we’re amused by what happened this year.
That would be the New York Post attempting to deliver a gift basket of assortedfoods and sundries to Ahmadinejad’s room at the Warwick Hotel! Those kind of antics have us in stitches. Since the hotel has had him visit before, he probably didn't want to hedge his bets anywhere else, so he returned again. Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak at the U.N. on Wednesday, but arrived in New York on Saturday, so the Post took it upon themselves to offer:
The anti-Semite’s special welcome basket — from New Yorkers with love — [it]included such locally procured goodies as Gold’s Borscht, Manischewitz Gefilte Fish and smoked whitefish from the world-famous Murray’s Sturgeon House on the Upper West Side. If Ahmadinejad (pronounced: I’m a dinner jacket) needed midnight munchies during his visit to this infidel city, there were also plenty of H&H bagels, onion bialys and Zabar’s cream cheese.
Last night was a big night for Mitt Romney as he officially accepted the GOP's nomination for president. So how did he celebrate? Well, we don't know the specifics but it probably went down at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa which according to the NY Times is now "Camp Romney."
Mitt and his wife, Ann, are staying in a suite at the 719-room hotel as are their siblings. Word is they are strolling the halls spontaneously hugging people who sports "friends and family" Marriott tags.
Much like when we found out Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, stayed at a Fairfield Inn before his announcement, we're not surprised that Mitt and co. are in a Marriott. After all, he served on the board. (We have a feeling we'll be saying that a lot in the upcoming months.)
We don't usually read about basement parties happening at the Ace New York in the NY Times. Yet that's exactly how we found out about a recent fundraiser that took place in the hotel's subterranean Liberty Hall.
With several hundred protestors lined up around the block, the hotel hosted an impromptu "solidarity event" in support of Russian punk rock trio Pussy Riot, who have made headlines around the world after their controversial arrest—and subsequent conviction—by the Russian government for what they deemed “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” Now they're facing two years in prison.
When it came time to pick a venue to allow folks to gather and vent their anger, the Ace seemed an obvious choice. After all, if the hotel is hip enough to turn an obscure brand of Swiss toothpaste into a hot commodity, no reason why a crowd of balaclava-wearing, feminist, anti-patriarch arts activists can't feel right at home, right?
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Just before presidential hopeful Mitt Romney mistakenly introduced his running mate, Paul Ryan, as "the next president of the United States", Ryan spent the night at Fairfield Inn in North Carolina, ordering take-out from Applebee's.
Given that Romney was once on the board of Marriott Hotels, which is the parent company of Fairfield Inn, this isn't a very surprising hotel choice. (Although, the Applebee's bit is. They do take-out? Interesting.) Of course, the Romney-Ryan ticket isn't exclusively beholden to Marriott hotel brands. Back in April, Ann Romney confessed to staying at Hampton Inns for the free WiFi. For more on the Romney ticket's hotel spending, check out this report from USA Today.
And from now through November, Romney and Ryan will be hitting up all different kinds of hotels on the campaign trail like the Venetian in Las Vegas tomorrow. We have to say that's definitely an improvement from Fairfield Inn, except the WiFi isn't free.
[Photo: Mitt Romney/Facebook]
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Howard Johnson sure is getting a lot of love these days. First, it got featured on an episode of Mad Men (which, in turn, prompted a nifty promotion whereby you could get a free room if your name was actually Don Draper). Now, it's getting shout-outs from the Prez himself.
During a speech in Cedar Rapids, IA yesterday, Obama mentioned how he used to take childhood visits to HoJos with his mom, grandmother and sister.
The Des Moines Register points out that "the reference was meant to reinforce his middle-class roots, and paint a picture of the modest luxuries that should be available to Americans who work hard."
Fair enough. Though it's also worth mentioning, they're doing wonderful things with Holiday Inns these days too.
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By now, you've probably all seen the photo of Bill Clinton posing with two lovely ladies during a benefit for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation in Monaco at the Hotel de Paris.
Except those two lovely ladies are actually porn stars, Brooklyn Lee and Tasha Reign. Oops.
The luxury hotel right next to the famed Monte Carlo casino has seen its share of celebrity guests before and has even made several movie cameos. But porn stars might be a first. Right now, the hotel has got to be wishing Selena Gomez was back in town.
Nevertheless, the luxury hotel can command about 600 Euros a night for simple yet refined Belle Epoque-styled guestrooms. Can't quite pony up the Euros to stay here? Perhaps a drink at Le Bar Americain will suffice.
Any world leader would be a fool to miss dining in the Peninsula's opulent Lobby restaurant
With more than two-dozen world leaders, thousands of attendees and nearly as many protestors making their way to Chicago this weekend for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, we’re tracking the action as it hits the city’s hotels. Rumors are flying about which heads of state will be staying where, how many protestors will march, and how much of the city will shutdown for security. All of it feels, well, intimidating.
But we say there’s calm and peace to be had with one simple fix: NATO heads of state just need to hole up in great hotels. Forget sterile conference centers, imagine what could happen if world leaders held meetings poolside by the spa, dinners at alfresco rooftop restaurants, or libations in gorgeous lounges?
In the interest of world peace and resolution, here’s our list of recommended Chicago hotels where the NATO bigwigs should stay and “summit.”
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No, The Benjamin's Sleep Concierge, Anya Orlanska.
If you have a hard time following the presidential race, The Benjamin is here to help with yet another interactive pillow-themed initiative called the Presidential Pillow Primary. From now through August, each of the top candidates (Obama, Romney and Gingrich) will be matched up with a pillow from the hotel's famed 12-plus pillow menu, and guests will get to vote on their favorite pillow. And by pillow we mean presidential candidate.
And by "presidential candidate," we mean: this is a hotel and it's all just make believe. Do not, we repeat, do not try to cast your actual vote here in November, though do feel free to come here and figure out if it's the latex-wrapped "Obama Pillo1," or the boomerang-shaped Mitt Romney pillow, that sends you off into dreamland.