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When we see specials that tout room for $1 or anything in that realm, we react with a twinge of excitement followed by a healthy dose of skepticism. We know these things do happen (see the smidgen of folks who got in on Public Chicago’s $1 deal), but, well, we’re just getting a little tired of breaking our necks for a slim-to-none chance to score a room.
So, when we saw that San Diego’s historic US Grant Hotel (where Michelle Obama recently stayed), the Gaslamp institution we featured in our Presidential Suites story, was offering $1.02 suites in celebration of their 102 birthday, we had to know “what’s the catch?”
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This package is for all of you political animals out there or for those of you who may have just a wee crush on President Obama. And trust us, that goes for males and females; we hear all the sighs of jealousy when it comes to photos of him and FLOTUS.
So, it's just at the right daydreamy Friday moment that we're thinking about Ritz-Carlton, Washington's full backstage pass, so to speak, to some of the Inauguration events happening in D.C.
We hope you’re ready, ‘cause this package has lots of perks:
Romney's suite at left; Obama's suite at right
Well, aren't we all glad that is over? You know what we're talking aboutElection 2012. While some channels ignored where the candidates were hunkered down until their eventual victory/concession speeches, NBC's Brian Williams informed us of their whereabouts quite a bit.
Four years ago, Obama celebrated at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Here's where both Barack and Romney were for 2012:
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If you’re like us, you are completely addicted to Shonda Rhimes’ heart-stopping political drama, “Scandal”, which takes place in Washington, D.C. The gripping series is about a president torn in more ways than we can count (watch and see!).
We figure on this Election Day, if you have to wait in line to vote for the next president, and while we all wait for the results, we'll entertain you with a few famous D.C. hotels that have been the location of a juicy scandal or two.
The hit television show's fictitious president Fitzgerald Grant seems to prefer his dalliances and dirt to occur in the White House and sometimes even in broad daylight! We think Rhimes should take some clues to these real-life political dramas and give us some hotel highlights to look forward to on Thursday nights!
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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]