“It’s Like the Hotel in ‘The Shining'”: No One Wants to Stay at the TrumpDC
Donald Trump’s Washington, DC, hotel is in deep financial trouble now that the MAGA crowd no longer has a reason to hang out there. During his four-year tenure in town, the TrumpDC used to be the place where lobbyists and loyal supporters clogged the grounds in the hopes of an appearance by the former host of “The Apprentice” who always demanded Table 72 be kept reserved only for him in the hotel’s steakhouse. High-profile members of the Republican Party have often been photographed in the restaurant and lobby, even during the pandemic.
Opened in September 2016 amid protests as Trump campaigned for the presidency, the TrumpDC occupies the historic Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and US Capitol building. The former hotspot is now looking more like a ghost town, and it’s not just because of COVID-19 related issues. The property only took in $15.1 million last year, which is a 60 percent drop from the previous year, and that happened even before his 2020 re-election loss and the attack at the Capitol on January 6th.
The Trump family had put the hotel up for sale in 2019, but that has now been put on hold due to the impact COVID-19 has had on property values. It’s likely it will eventually be sold to another hotel chain and every trace of Trump removed before the end of 2021, according to Washington real estate insiders. Recently, the hotel inflated their nightly prices to $1300 in anticipation of another large pro-Trump event on March 4th that never came together.
The hub of TrumpWorld, the hotel also saw its share of shady dealings and inappropriate Republican behavior, both publicly and in private.
Reminder that Mark Meadows apparently broke the law by spending campaign donations at a jewelry store and numerous restaurants and clubs, including the Trump Hotel in DC and its restaurants. https://t.co/MRmIu2ACYe
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) March 11, 2021
Due to coronavirus restrictions, only people invited by guests are allowed into the hotel, although that’s a rare occurrence these days. A reporter from The Guardian compared it to the hotel in “The Shining” when he made a recent visit.
The empty hotel is proof that Washington is moving on without him. “I can’t imagine who goes there anymore,” DC insider Sally Quinn told the Guardian.