If you haven’t slept a wink since November 9, 2016, you’ll finally be able to get a good night’s sleep in Washington, DC when Eaton Workshop opens its first anti-Trump hotel in Spring 2018.
As the cherry blossoms begin to bloom next year, visitors to our nation’s capital will be invited to enjoy world-class service and amenities at the Eaton Wokshop, the world’s “first politically motivated hotel” from Katherine Lo, the daughter of luxury Hong Kong hotelier Ka Shui Lo, the creator of the Langham Hospitality Group. Lo understands her hotel won’t be for everyone and says it’s not meant “to bring together left and right.” Instead the Eaton is built to attract liberal guests and those who consider themselves “woke.”
“Self-selection is definitely one of our strategies,” Lo says. “We wanted to emphasize that it’s a place for people who are thinking outside the box and want to effect a change in the world,” she says.
Located just north of the National Mall — and just steps from the Norman Bates-like Trump International Hotel, which has been gouging travelers with extravagant room rates between $400 and $10,000 — the Eaton will only be charging guests in the upper $200s for each of its 209 hotel rooms. And while Donald Trump continues to pad his pockets with the Trump hotel brand, Lo sees the Eaton hotels “as a means to a philanthropic end,” planning to use hotel profits to fund community art initiatives.
“We’re hoping that our hotel revenues will propel our creative projects,” says Lo, who likens the hotel to “a non-profit, but better.”
Eaton Workshop will prioritize community outreach by hosting progressive lectures and fireside chats and partnering with local artists and museums to provide art installations and exhibitions. An anti-Trump video installation in the lobby will also show footage of the 2012 and 2016 elections.
Even better –and unlike the anti-First Amendment guy inhabiting the Oval Office — Eaton Workshop will be welcoming investigative reporters with an in-house residency program.
People who love America’s democracy and how it works will be pleased find “new ideas in the minibar,” including “an activist toolkit, for example, that includes sheets with information to help you call your congresspeople.”
Remember what Mark Twain said: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
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