Thanks to the folks at WatchDent who took some of my video content and turned it into this two-minute work of art. Enjoy…
I had chance to look round the Trump International Hotel Washington DC recently, the same week that Donald Trump was elected to be the next president of the USA with two million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. It’s a funny old world.
I have a dilemma.
I am not a fan of Mr Trump’s policies. In fact I can’t quite understand how anyone could vote for a man who openly mocks the disabled, which – I’m just putting it out there – I think is disgusting.
But I have to say (and here’s the dilemma…) if you are visiting Washington DC, this actually is a really nice hotel and in a great position.
It’s housed in the former Post Office and its tower is the tallest building in Washington (if you say that the Washington Monument is a monument not a building – that is taller).
It’s luxurious, has very ornate bedrooms (263 of them), a Spa by Ivanka (update: his daughter will not be giving massages, nor will Melania), a great restaurant and a bar where you can order wine by the spoon. No I’d never heard of that either.
Anyway, if you are a fan of Mr Trump here are a few photos to tempt you and some more information via Expedia (<<< click on Expedia) or you can see what people have said via Tripadvisor (<<<click on Tripadvisor).
The Pound has been taking a bit of a battering since the Brexit vote in June, but you can still find decent hotel value in New York City, if you plan ahead. Truth be told, when I was over there earlier this year checking out more budget-oriented hotels, not many of them really had a stand-out “wow” factor, but if you’re visiting the Big Apple you’re not really going to loll around your room all day, right? You just want somewhere clean, comfortable and safe.
So here are 20 hotels where you can get a bit more bang for your buck, as featured in my article that appeared in the Times last weekend.
Here’s a guest-post from my friend Kenny Hung, who lives in New York City but recently took a trip south to Richmond, Virginia.
“I recently had the good fortune of being invited to a wedding in the beautiful city of Richmond, Virginia. It must be said that I only had two recollections about Richmond prior to this trip. The elementary school version of me recalled it being the last interesting bathroom break until Savannah, Georgia on a long drive down I-95 from NY to Disney World. The middle school version of me recalled it being the answer to some question on some exam about some Civil War. Suffice it to say, I was very much looking forward to exploring this former capital of the Confederacy, and ended up having a wonderful time. The wedding was lovely (fried green tomato hors d’oeuvres are a revelation!), the people were friendly, and the architecture was gorgeous. In between gorging myself on buttery biscuits and savory Virginia ham, we had the opportunity to explore two historical walks recommended on the tourist map provided by our hotel. The experience visiting historical landmarks of the Confederacy and walking the newly established Richmond Slave Trail was very interesting, and perhaps best told in the form of a photo essay.”
“All kidding aside, I would highly recommend visiting both aspects of this fascinating and historic city. It is a vivid reminder that for all of the years that have passed, the past is still very much alive in the present, no matter how much of it seems buried away. Special thanks goes to Will for inviting me to turn some Instagram musings into a guest blog post!”
All photos copyright @ Kenneth Hung 2015, and may not be copied or reproduced without permission
Here’s a little video I made of my 4 and 1/2 hour flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia that I took at the weekend, condensed down into just a minute. Who needs Big Bang Theory on your seatback TV when you’ve got views like these?