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 exterior of the hotel, which used to be a post office

The atrium, where you can grab a drink at the bar and try and spot Mitt Romney.

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Room decor: too much is never enough, right?

Donald and family at the grand opening in October 2016. Or just add your own caption here…

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Miss Nora Silverstein: nine and a half years old, third grader in Bethesda, Maryland – and my niece.

Nora

Who better to talk about all the great things that there are to do in the US capital?

If kids are coming to Washington, what’s a really fun thing for them to do Nora?

Visiting the embassies is cool – you’ve got the whole world in one city! The Brazilian embassy is my favourite because the building is really neat.

“What’s your favourite museum?”

I like the Air and Space Museum because it has the actual rocket that went to the moon, as well as the Space Shuttle Discovery. The Natural History Museum is great too because there is so much to see and do there – they have the original Kermit and Miss Piggy, and you can pretend to give a speech like you’re the President and find out all about the First Ladies. And I really like the Museum of the American Indian because there’s lots of stuff you never learn in school.

What’s the best way to cool down in summer?

Find a pool or go to Cold Stone Creamery for an ice cream – they’re the best. Just get anything chocolate.

 And where do you suggest people go to eat?

Sometimes parents don’t approve but I’d say California Tortilla – I’d choose the cheese quesadillas and then a brownie.

What’s the best way to get about?

Sometimes the subway can be really crowded but you can always get a bus, or take a duck tour because then you get to go on the water too.

Do you ever go to the zoo?

Yes and now you can go and see the baby panda Bao Bao. (And it’s free!)

And what about shopping?

For girls there’s the American Girl store and for boys the Lego Store. (Both at Tyson’s Corner Mall)

Thanks Nora!

For more info…… http://washington.org/topics/family-friendly

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