Donald Trump got it in his head to become the president of the greatest power in the world. The New York billionaire is a phenomenon unto himself through his own particular brand of charisma. In the US, he owes his celebrity to a reality-TV programme called The Apprentice, where he played the role of the ‘tough guy' business tycoon who fires people at the drop of a hat. But more importantly, Trump has built his empire as a real estate mogul by prolifically building skyscrapers and luxury hotels all over the US and abroad for the past 40 years. So, is Donald Trump an empire builder or a sandman?
Walking along 5th Avenue in New York, you will eventually come upon Trump Tower. The billionaire and his wife Melania live on the top three floors of this 68-storey building amongst 32,290 square feet of absolute kitsch: a diamond-encrusted door, a marble-laden interior, 24-carat-gold mouldings, and murals borrowed from Greek mythology on the ceiling…
Not being a billionaire, you have to settle for a room in the nearby Trump International Hotel and Tower. At the intersection of 59th Street, Broadway, and 7th Avenue stands this 44-storey building, which also features two restaurants, Jean Georges and Nougatine. That said, you don't lose in the exchange: the rooms are spacious and feature large bay windows overlooking Central Park.
725 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Trump International Hotel and Tower
1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Rooms: from 525 USD
Open since March 2008 (it stands 625 feet tall with 64 storeys), this hotel with Italian-inspired decor is located in the heart of Las Vegas, close to the convention centres, and has a casino (we are in Las Vegas, after all), an open-air swimming pool, and a huge sunny terrace. There are 1,282 rooms equipped with everything you can think of. There is even a safe to lock up the fortune you might possibly win at the tables…
Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
2000 Fashion Show Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Rooms: from 125 USD
Completed in the summer of 2009, this stainless steel and glass skyscraper stands proudly on the banks of the Chicago River and offers a stunning view of the city. Boasting 96 storeys and measuring 1387 feet high, it is the second-tallest building in Chicago, after the Willis Tower, and fourth tallest in the US. It houses a hotel where each room has a surface area of 590 square feet with a marble bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Luxury in trumps!
Trump International Hotel and Tower
401 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Rooms: from 310 USD
If you want to imagine yourself in Miami Vice, there's no place better than the Trump International Beach Resort, located on Sunny Isles Beach, 10 minutes by car from the Aventura Mall. The resort gives you access to its private beach, luxury spa, and rooms with fabulous views of the ocean, and in the distance you can just make out the Bahamas. During your stay, don't miss the opportunity to dine at Neomi's Grill (35 USD), and enjoy creative contemporary cuisine with a subtle touch of the Caribbean.
Trump International Beach Resort
18001 Collins Avenue
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Rooms: from 270 USD
Trump inaugurated the highest tower of all Latin America in 2011 (it has since been surpassed by a tower in Chile). In the shape of a sail, the 70 storeys overlook the Pacific Ocean. Twenty minutes by road from the International Tocumen Airport, the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower offers a casino—the ‘Trump Touch!'—a sauna and an immense covered swimming pool. Not to mention, of course, all the classic services of a 5-star hotel, including limousine service.
Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower
Panama City 0833-00321
Rooms: from 150 PAB
Donald Trump felt the need to build a hotel in the land of the morning calm, especially in Seoul, ultramodern megalopolis that benefits from more than twenty centuries of history. Over 15 years, the billionaire purchased six high-rises in the Korean capital and its neighbouring cities. Among them, the Daewoo Trump World is of particular interest. Each 133-metre high, the two towers are poetically referred to as Tower A and Tower B. They are apartment buildings and not hotels, hence unavailable to travellers in transit. But if you really crave to sleep within Trump walls, you can always try knocking at one's door...
Daewoo Trump World
55-1 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Youido, Séoul
Rio de Janeiro
The Trump Rio de Janeiro Hotel opened on 2 August 2016, a few days before the opening of the 31st Olympic Games. Located across from the sands of the Barra da Tijuca and less than five kilometres from Joatinga, one of Rio's most beautiful beaches that remains unsullied, the Trump Rio de Janeiro Hotel is also not far from the Itanhangá Golf Club. The hotel offers, as might be expected, 170 rooms providing every possible luxury. Also available are an infinity pool with a sublime view of the ocean and a bar-salon, where you can chat about business and the state of the world, glass in hand, as the sun sets.
Trump Rio de Janeiro Hotel
Rua Professor Coutinho Frois 10
Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
State of Rio de Janeiro 22620-360
Rooms: from 440 BRL
Built in 1990, the Trump Taj Mahal was, for a long time, one of the jewels in the American billionaire's real estate portfolio. For three billion dollars, Donald Trump, then at the height of his glory, wanted to build the biggest casino in the world. Apart from the casino, the complex includes a 1,250-room hotel, which houses the largest poker room in Atlantic City. But on 10 October 2016—bang! The place the candidate for the American presidency himself described as the ‘8th wonder of the world' was obliged to close its doors at 5:59 a.m. due to bankruptcy.
Trump Taj Mahal
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Some may have been led to believe that the Republican candidate suffered humiliation after the closing of Trump Taj Mahal, but this is a blind guess. 13 days from the presidential election on October 26th, he shortly stopped campaigning to launch a new luxury hotel, according to him a symbol of his soon-to-come triumph. Though this time, he didn't built a new skyscraper but renovated the very symbolic Old Post Office building for $200 M, whose particular feature is to be located less than ten minutes on foot from... the White House.
Shall we see it as a sign that no matter the outcome of the election, Trump will feel at home on Pennsylvania Avenue? Number 1600 is indeed the official home of the President of the United States.
Trump International Hotel Washington
100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Rooms: 457 USD