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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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Word on the street is the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver's tallest tower might finally be getting some company at the top--from none other than Mr. Trump himself. Rumors have swirled and Twitter has buzzed at the possibility of a Trump Tower rising up on Georgia Avenue, but despite the rumblings, there has yet to be any confirmation of the agreement.
The original plans for this location called for a five-star Ritz Carlton directly across the street from the Shangri-La, but the brand bailed when the 2008 recession hit, and the project was dormant up until a year ago when developers jumped back in and started hacking out a deal with Trump, apparently because they like the international appeal of his image to potential buyers across the globe.
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We knew it would happen. The “Babymoons” of yesteryear would return as a trend. And you know who’s to blame? We’ve got two culprits. Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian. Since both women announced their pregnancies, we can’t count the amount of baby-centric packages appearing in our inbox. Fine. Expected.
But this is Fantasy Friday, so you know we’re going for the most OTT package we’ve seen, because it’s crazy fun to peep what’s out there for mamas-to-be (oh, and their partners too!).
Today we’re looking at the “Trump Royal Heir Package” from the Central Park stationed Trump International hotel. The property’s Britain-born GM, Suzie Mills developed the special to ladies in their second trimester want to savor the last few weeks of carefree couple time and prenatal pampering.
Look what you'll get for $6,000 (or $6,500 depending on suite choice) after the jump!
You already know, the Trump Soho ticks off all the boxes of a sleek luxury hotel. Soho nabe? Check. Fendi Casa furniture? Check. Bathtubs with killer views? Check. Special events for Fashion Week? Check. Models AND sushi? Check and check. Yet despite all these cool requisites, the hotel is actually very kid-friendly.
We detailed our surprise last summer with their Lather Baby toiletries but they've upped the ante since then, adding a Hop Skip blue whale faucet cover for bath time along with Go Fish baby shampoo and bubble bath, a loofah glove, squeaky toys for babies and a step stool for those sorta-older kids who need just a bit of help inside the shower. Trump even has children's robes in three sizes along with kid slippers.
We told you earlier this year that Donald Trump has designs of opening a hotel in Washington D.C., in one of the city’s beloved landmark’s, the Old Post Office.
Well, now he doesn’t want to pay taxes on the property, which could delay the project. The Old Post Office is a federal building, so property taxes aren’t required, but possessory interest tax--established in 2000 to tax companies operating on federal land—are still in order.
According to The Washington Business Journal, The Old Post Office's tax bill could start at $3 million a year. The article said Trump has been trying to get unspecified "relief" on the tax from the city—so far to no avail.
As if Trump Panama didn't already have enough going on (the one-year-old hotel has quickly become a top destination in Panama City, and there are reports its success has inspired other Trump properties throughout Latin America), it's been revealed that the 364-room hotel is finally set to add a long-awaited 75,000 sq ft casino to the mezzanine level.
A private gaming room will also be built on the 66th floor, with 65th floor suites reserved for high-rollers.
Technically, we've known about the casino as long as we've known about the hotel itself, but back in 2011, it was made pretty clear that the latter would open first. Now, a year later, things are moving right along, and a press release is offering a mid-2014 opening date for the casino. Which ought to give you plenty of time to save those slote machine pennies and nickels.
That is, unless the Mayan apocalypse wipes us out first.
When Koi Soho opened at Trump Hotel in September, we dropped everything to check it out—fashionably late, of course—and it turns out we weren't the only pretty little things there.
When we arrived, we thought we were crashing a Vogue after-party. Seriously, the entire restaurant was packed with models, and not the ones that you see in JC Penny ads, FYI. We asked our waitress what private event was taking place, to which she casually replied, "No event, it's always like this."
A little history: the restaurant space used to be Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which didn't quite work out. We did the math: carbs + models = fat models = no work. So it only made sense that Trump turned to Koi Restaurant Group from LA, a well-known team that delivers sushi like no other.
Models like to eat things with sticks, and we know this because we've seen them camp out at Bryant Park Hotel, another fashionable place where the only Koi existed in Manhattan—until now, obs.
Back in February when it was first announced that Trump Hotels would be taking over the Old Post Office Building in DC, Ivanka Trump told reporters: "I think the historic facade of the building will be the greatest signage of all."
Which might very well be true, but judging from these new renderings released yesterday via the Washington Post, it seems the idea of a Trump Hotel minus any Trump signage just didn't sit too well with ol' Donald. One of the most visible features in the renderings is a horizontal banner that will hang under the iconic building's domed entrance reading "Trump International Hotel."
Nevermind the fact that 90% of the city is going to know it's his hotel anyway, but...yeah. Branding. We get it.
To see more renderings, click below!
Choose from one of these exclusive Caron fragrances at the new Anthony Cristiano Salon
With a star-studded client list that includes Demi Moore, Robert Downey Jr., Mariah Carey, and the Kardashians, celeb hairstylist Anthony Cristiano could have simply opened a salon—or not—and left it at that. But his new salon that opened this past summer at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago delivers more than fabulous hairdos at the hands of the stylist to the stars.
We're not just talking about the experience of being inside the beautifully bright white salon a couple floors above the Chicago River or the high-touch service one can count on from both Cristiano and Trump. Enter the salon, look left and you won't miss what we consider to be the salon's most precious find: the Caron Paris perfume center.