Travel group warns: ‘Garish’ new Trump DC hotel is ‘not for the true discerning luxury traveller’
President-elect Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel has been causing some problems for the Donald for awhile now. In October, immediately following the Washington Post’s leaked audio tapes of the president-elect bragging about sexually assaulting women, the hotel took a financial hit — and it’s about to take another.
The Washingtonian reports that a year-end list of luxury hotels from travel group Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI), which specializes in high-end hotels, puts Trump’s near the bottom of its list.
Rated as the third-worst hotel on the list, LTI’s review reads, “The building itself is undoubtedly impressive, but once inside we start to ask questions.”
“LTI finds the décor a little garish and more quantity over quality,” the review continues.
The hotel was having trouble filling its rooms back in October after the release of Trump’s “p*ssy grabbing” comments. At that time, rooms that normally went for $800 per night were listed for as low as $445 per night.
“Service is poor on occasions and lacks confidence,” LTI’s review continued. “The whole experience seems a little forced, and therefore this place is not for the true discerning luxury traveller.”
No matter how harsh the review was, however, LTI remained convinced that Trump could keep the business flowing into his hotel — at least as long as it’s around.
Trump’s hotel is presently at the center of an ongoing conflict-of-interest battle between the president-elect and the General Services Administration (GSA). The latter has suggested that the hotel will be a direct violation of Trump’s lease as soon as he’s sworn in.
Democrats are pushing for Trump to be evicted from the hotel, noting in a letter that was published last Wednesday they wish to receive financial and contractual documents regarding the lease.
“The Deputy Commissioner informed our staff that GSA assesses that Mr. Trump will be in breach of the lease agreement the moment he takes office on January 20, 2017, unless he fully divests himself of all financial interests in the lease for the Washington D.C. hotel,” the letter read.
“The Deputy Commissioner made clear that Mr. Trump must divest himself not only of managerial control, but of all ownership interest as well,” it said. Signers included Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Peter DeFazio of Oregon, Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Andre Carson of Indiana.
Even so, whether the hotel is lavish, overdone, or a conflict of interest, the LTI is convinced that it will at least remain a success, namely because “the tourist hordes will keep the place eternally busy.”