Trump's D.C. Hotel Triples Rates For The Night Of Republican Retreat
Senate Republicans are holding a retreat at President Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., next month — and the hotel has nearly tripled room rates for the occasion.
According to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Google search of room rates on October 23, 25 and 28 revealed that “‘Premier’ and ‘deluxe’ rooms at the hotel—the least expensive rooms offered—cost $1,345 and $1,395, respectively, for the night of November 7th.”
While fluctuating rates are not uncommon and influenced by numerous factors, CREW noted that the “contrast is stark between average rates and the rate on the night of November 7th.”
The “Save the Senate” retreat, first reported by The Intercept, will take place on November 7 and 8 at the hotel. Though the invitation makes clear it is not a fundraiser but rather "an event for existing large donors," CREW said it will include an appearance by the president himself, as well as at least eight Republican senators.
Room rates at Trump’s D.C. hotel spiked on another occasion, CREW noted: “during the Fourth of July rally that Trump planned on the National Mall, the hotel was unavailable to reserve unless you were willing to book several nights at a time, and the surrounding days saw a huge spike in room costs.”
But the upcoming event is even more problematic, CREW said, because “Hosting a retreat for powerful government leaders at Trump’s hotel sends the signal that the hotel is the best location for proximity to political influence.”