- Trump’s Washington hotel has suffered a loss of income and interest, a Guardian report says.
- The hotel is bearing the brunt of the pandemic and the fallout of Trump’s election defeat.
- The former president once dubbed it “one of the great hotels of the world.”
Former President Trump’s Washington DC hotel, which was once the bustling hub of the MAGA world, is now eerily empty after suffering a huge loss of income and status, according to a report by the Guardian.
The Trump International Hotel, which the former president once called “one of the greatest hotels of the world,” has been impacted heavily by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as well as Trump’s departure from the White House two months ago.
When the hotel, located between the White House and the US Capitol, opened its doors four years ago, it quickly became a major draw for diplomats, lobbyists, Trump loyalists, and family members. The hotel’s steak restaurant was regularly fully booked, a former executive chef told CNN last month.
But since Trump left the White House and moved his base to the Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida, the atmosphere has been eerily quiet. One week after President Biden’s inauguration, the lobby was left largely vacant and waiters and staff members outnumbered the customers, the New York Times reported.
Sally Quinn, a local journalist who has written about the hotel, told the Guardian she “can’t imagine who goes there now.”
“We don’t even have tourists yet in Washington. I can’t imagine most people staying there when they come. I don’t know anybody who goes there or has gone there,” Quinn said.
Hotel staff has also confirmed that the number of visitors has dropped visibly.
One staffer, who did not want to be named, told CNN: “Since the coronavirus, we weren’t doing so bad until I’d say probably a month ago. It really, like, slowed down.”
Washington is currently in Phase Two of its reopening plan, according to a government website. This means that indoor restaurants and bars are allowed to be open but are only limited to 25% capacity. Hotels are also open.
But there is no doubt the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have hit the hotel industry brutally.
The Trump International Hotel made just $15.1m in revenue last year, a drop of more than 60% from the year before, the Guardian reported.
Hotel staff pretend they were supporters of the former president