By Jeff Hoyt
Is Donald Trump trading the boardroom for board shorts? November 16 marks the opening of the Donald’s 38-story Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk, featuring 462 guest rooms and suites, with the largest exceeding 2,000 square feet.
Since Trump always strives for the best, the hotel’s Penthouse accommodations boast full gourmet kitchens with granite and marble countertops and travertine flooring, and will be outfitted with appliances by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch as well as under-counter wine cellar storage, affording guests the option to have the hotel’s chef prepare a meal in the privacy of the suite. Other guests will have to make do with the Honolulu branch of Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak scheduled to open December 16 on the street level.
Closer to (his) home, the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York will remain open while undergoing a $30-million renovation starting in January, right before the opening of his fifth hotel, the Trump SoHo New York, on Feb. 1, 2010. We have also reviewed the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas, and the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is our currently featured in-depth hotel review. With the help of his three grown children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — additional hotel projects are under development around the globe, including Toronto, Panama, Dubai, Cap Cana, Scotland and New Orleans.
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