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Old 02-09-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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For those that stayed in a Donald Trump Hotel in one of the three cities that have one in the United States, what was your experience like?

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-How did they measure up to the other hotels you have stayed in?
-How would you rate the restaurant in the hotel?
-Which of the Trump Hotels has the best restaurant?
-What did you think about the interior design and concept (lobby, room, halls etc.)?
-Which hotel has the best interior design and concept?




Donald Trump just announced he will be adding a fourth U.S. location (D.C.) to his empire of 5 star hotels. Construction is slated to start in 2014 and I was wondering what we have to look forward too. I have never stayed or eaten at one of his establishments, but I have heard great things and bad things. Share the good and the bad if possible.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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I hate Trump and would never spend a dime in anything he has built. His tower is Chicago fits nicely enough into the skyline though.
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:19 PM
 
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Regardless of what people think of him (I personally think he is a genius and a terrific businessman, actually have had the honor of meeting him a few times); his properties are pretty top notch.

Trump Vegas - I have never stayed there, but had an all day work conference there, and it is a fantastic hotel, but not really my taste for Vegas (no Casino!), def skews older.

Trump Chicago - The views are great from the Condo's (walked through a unit on the 60 something floor)

Trump International Upper West Side - My parents stayed here a few years ago while visiting me in NYC, they loved it.

I have not been to any of his other properties in NYC. Where will the Trump DC hotel be located?


EDIT: Oh, the old post office building, that should be great!
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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I have mixed feelings about Trump, but he has overseen some nice projects. The Old Post Office Building is quite a landmark in DC and I hope they do a really nice job with the rennovation.
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Old 02-10-2012, 12:06 AM
 
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didn't he buy one of those huge towers in Chicago? wonder what will happen if he goes bankrupt again.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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didn't he buy one of those huge towers in Chicago? wonder what will happen if he goes bankrupt again.
No he built it.

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Old 02-10-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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No he built it.
And I don't know what the occupancy rate is for the hotel + condos, but all of the ground floor retail is vacant. In one sense it's in a prime location, but it's also not the most accessible either.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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And I don't know what the occupancy rate is for the hotel + condos, but all of the ground floor retail is vacant. In one sense it's in a prime location, but it's also not the most accessible either.
I was reading about that. Trump saw how low the retail rents were going and the consessions to get people in, so he pulled all his brokers and is basically just sitting quiet on the retail at the foot of the Trump in Chicago until things improve. One huge issue I can see is there's no direct access from Michigan Ave over to that area unless you walk through the opening in the Wrigley Building. You basically have to want to go there, you're not just going to happen by it. He needs to get a destination store or restaurant to pull people in.

I heard maybe 1/3 of the condos are not yet sold, although the hotel is doing well.

I think they're sitting on many of the condos until prices come back, just since they can. They're building around 5,000 apartment units in over a dozen new highrises in the next few years, but not condos. The condo inventory is finally getting much smaller. Once they become hot again, it'll take a few years to get more buildings online.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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Trump is great, he is a mogul, regardless of his foolish political skills (sorry challenging the president on his birth certificate is...just...dumb). I think he will build the property well and fitting to its ideal location. I can lie, sometimes I picture a big cheesy gold "TRUMP" running across the clock. I'm sure he is not dumb enough to do that though.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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I heard maybe 1/3 of the condos are not yet sold, although the hotel is doing well.

I think they're sitting on many of the condos until prices come back, just since they can. They're building around 5,000 apartment units in over a dozen new highrises in the next few years, but not condos. The condo inventory is finally getting much smaller. Once they become hot again, it'll take a few years to get more buildings online.
Maybe a bit off topic, but I don't think the Chicago luxury market can demand $1,000+ a square foot. I don't see there ever being a demand for an entire highrise to be built at those rates.

While the building is beautiful, and the units are top notch, I think most of them will sit at those prices, regardless of housing market. However, IMO, Trump Chicago is a much nicer building than anything he has built in NYC (where his units go for $3,000 - $5,000 a sq foot).
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