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Donald Trump is a busy bee right now with his Old Post Office Hotel in DC (more on that soon!), a Vancouver property, and now a recent announcement that he'll be adding a BLT Prime restaurant to his Trump National Doral Miami hotel next February.
Just a year after his purchase of the property, The Donald already had eyes on making it bigger and better and that meant sinking $250 million in renovations and partnering with restaurant group ESquared Hospitality, which owns BLT Steaks around the world, including one at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach. It will be designed by Boston-based Peter Niemitz with the project being overseen by Eric Trump.
This particular outlet will have a "dramatic" centerpiece circular bar and dining room triple the size of most BLT Steak restaurants, as well as private dining rooms. Naturally there will be outside tables overlooking the hotel's signature Blue Monster golf course.
The opening comes on the heels of the city's decision to allow strip clubs in the hotels and casinos for the first time in AC's gambling history. No doubt, the decision was made in hopes of boosting profits and revenues for the city's businesses.
Scores will open at 7pm on Thursday, although it's normal working girl hours will be 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Below, is a photo gallery of some of the boardwalk hotels, including the Taj, followed by a list of all the different elements that Scores will include. Get your dollar bills ready!
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If you have long grizzly hair and a long grizzly beard to match, then you should carry your room key in one of those clear pouches around your neck when staying at The Trump Hotel in New York.
Jase Robertson, one of the stars of "Duck Dynasty", a reality TV show about the family who manufacture duck calls, revealed on Live! With Kelly and Michael that he had been kicked out of the Trump hotel near Central Park for looking like a homeless person. Here's what Robertson said went down
"I asked where the bathroom was and [the hotel employee] said, 'Right this way, sir.' He was very nice, he walked me outside, pointed down the road and said, 'Good luck.'"
Robertson later joked that the hotel had been "facial-profiling" him. It probably didn't help that he was also wearing camo pants. But he was a good sport about it and continued to stay at the hotel. (He just put 'em on blast on national TV.)
Downtown Manhattan might be home to some of the chicest hotels in the world (The Standard High Line, Andaz Wall Street, Dream Downtown, The Bowery Hotel, we could go on and on) but there's still something so magical about Central Park, and even more so when your hotel suite overlooks both the park and Columbus Cirlce.
That's what you will find at the Trump International Hotel in this two-bedroom suite on the eighth floor. If you go higher up, you will have even better views into the park but we prefer this view better so we can see the action in Columbus Circle as well. Don't worry, the exterior of the building is mirrored so while you may be able to see the hot dog vendor scratch his nose, he can't see you do the same.
Rates for these suites, which we redesigned nearly three years ago by Ivanka Trump, start around $2,000 a night and feature the two bedrooms, a kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances, a dining area and a separate living room. And don't forget about the Travel Fit Kit!
There's nothing worse than arriving to a hotel and realizing you forgot something. Most of the time, whatever you forgot is easily replaceable--a toothbrush, contact lens solution, deodorant--but if you forget your running shoes or your workout pants, it's not like you can just call down to the front desk and ask them to send up a pair Wait, actually now you can, thanks to Trump Hotels.
The luxury brand rolled out their new Trump Wellness program last month at all their hotels from New York to Las Vegas to Waikiki. Two parts of the program deal with healthy meal options but the third part, Travel Fit, helps guests keep on with their workout routines by providing fitness gear to use in their rooms as well as workout clothes from UnderArmour.
We got to check out the Travel Fit kits the other day at the flagship Trump hotel in New York--The Trump International Hotel, just steps from one of the Big Apple's biggest "gyms"--Central Park.
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Back in February we told you that rumors were swirling in cyberspace that a Trump Hotel & Tower might be coming to Vancouver. Well, stop the swirling because we can confirm that Mr. Trump is coming to Canada’s biggest west coast city.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver is expected to open in summer 2016. Here are some of the tantalizing deets:
• 147 guest rooms, 218 residences
• Vancouver’s first pool bar nightclub (details on what this is all about are scarce right now)
• A champagne lounge
• A signature restaurant
• Canada’s first Mar-a-Lago Spa by Ivanka Trump, a new line of boutique spas
• Trump Attaché – a dedicated department that offers guests personalized attention with no service off limits (we can only imagine!)
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Trump Hotels are now ensuring that their guests will be in tip-top shape when checking-out thanks to new wellness program they've introduced, aptly called Trump Wellness. The three initiatives will be rolled out at each of the luxury brand's properties across the world and feature some of the best health-minded perks in the industry.
The first program, called Nourish, will focus on healthy options when you are dialing up room service at 3am. The revamped menu will offer vegan, gluten-free and organic selections with complete nutritional values printed right on the menu--so there's no saying "I didn't know!". Even the kiddies can get in on the healthy options with Healthy Kids Menu by Trump. If the Snickers bar tempts you too much, each minibar will be revamped with healthier snacks rather than the standard minibar fare with at least one-third of all choices at each hotel in a "health food category", whatever that means.
Donald Trump has finally scored big in the nation's capital. It's not the White House, but it's pretty damn close -- two blocks to be exact.
Last week, Trump reached a 60-year lease agreement with the U.S. government that will allow him to transform the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue into a 260-room luxury hotel. Currently, the building is used as Federal office space and its tenants are in the process of being relocated. If all goes according to plan, construction should begin in 2014 with a target opening of 2016. The property will be called Trump International Hotel, the Old Post Office, Washington, D.C.
Aside from its beautiful appearance, the best trait of the property might be its location between the National Mall and Capitol, which will attract both business and leisure travelers. The design plan calls for in-house restaurants, spa, conference facilities, and no shortage of penthouses and presidential suites. The all-glass annex inside the building will also be redeveloped, either into new retail stores or conference space.
We've already given you a taste of some choice hotels and packages available for The Great Gatsby movie, which opens today. My, it seems everyone's been bitten by the Gatsby bug.
But this is Fantasy Friday and you know we like to dream a little dream, so we bring you a lavish $14,000 package on offer over at the Trump International Hotel & Tower that they've oh so creatively named The Great Gatsby Package.
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We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
But we had to stop and do a double take while wandering around the lobby at Trump Taj Mahal the other day. At the bottom of the escalators, right next to the Baccarat Pit, we spotted what appeared to be a giant children's playpen—then we remembered where we were, and dismissed that thought. Bright, shiny beach balls scattered around a life-size tic-tac-toe board.
But who was playing? Were we allowed to jump in? What the heck was this thing anyway?
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It was a busy week for celebs coming in and out of Manhattan's hottest hotels (we admit there's a bit of redundancy there, since celebs are rarely caught staying in places that aren't exclusive, trendy, and, most importantly, expensive). Though certain stars have better taste in hotel than others.
circus act the Kardashians were in town on "business." We had to smirk a little at the Daily Mail's photos, which show the pack ceremonially exiting the Trump Soho. In the front is Kris Jenner, who's clutching an iPhone with the epithet "Queen of F***ing Everything" printed in block letters on the back. Classy.
Nice to see they've matured from their party-hearty days at Smyth Tribeca. Though if we ever end up as hotel room neighbors with the Kardashians, you can bet we'll be calling the Front Desk pronto to switch floors (we think little baby Mason is cute, though).
Meanwhile, Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson was photographed checking out of the uber-hip Bowery Hotel, looking a little downcast. Though the photos didn't immediately make it clear which hotel he was at, we spotted one of the signature red bellmen's overcoat and knew exactly where he was. Dead giveaway!
We recently saddled up to Cava 15 at the Trump Ocean Club in Panama. While sipping on a (what else?) Panama beer, we struck up a conversation with the bartender, who went by Jack the Ripper. Out chat went something like this…
HotelChatter: So, being a hotel bartender and all, we're guessing you like to drink?
Jack the Ripper: Yes, but I don't like to overdo it. I only drink to enjoy.
HC: That's very wise. When did you decide that?
JTR: Well, I used to work on cruise ships, quite far from Panama, far from my country. I'd be gone eight months at a time, and when I came home, I discovered that after two or three drinks, I didn't want anymore. My body rejected it, you know? So I said, 'No more. I feel disgusting, I feel heavy.' Two or three drinks, and that's it.
HC: Which cruise line did you work for?
JTR: Costa. It's an Italian cruise line
HC: Isn't that the one that capsized near Tuscany last year?
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