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Liberals plan to open 'anti-Trump' hotel in Washington D.C.
Even your lodging can be political!
I know that when I am traveling, the first thing I want - before a comfortable bed, a soft pillow, good wifi or a Jacuzzi - is to be pelted with political messages.
Wait. No I don't. Neither does any sane person. If I really want to read about or listen to politics, that's what the TV and the Internet are for - although I'd rather use them for sports, but hey, that's me.
If you're the type of left-winger who can't stand to be away from politics, and can't stand exposure to any idea you don't already agree with, then there's a decent chance you'll visit Washington D.C. So why not stay at a left-wing hotel that will barrage you with left-wing politics from the moment of your arrival until the time you blessedly get to check out and leave? That's what the developers of the Eaton Workshop are counting on you to want:
An anti-Trump themed hotel marketing itself as a safe haven for liberals is planning to open in late spring 2018 in Washington, Bloomberg reported.
Boasting itself as the world’s first politically motivated hotel, the Eaton Workshop chain of hotels will be built around community engagement and integrating a liberal philosophy into every aspect of the guest experience. The Washington Hotel, Eaton’s flagship location, with subsequent sites planned in Hong Kong, San Francisco, and Seattle by 2019.
Katherine Lo, the founder of Eaton Workshop, told Bloomberg that the Washington location will include amenities that cater to public activism including TED Talks-inspired fireside chats and lectures, co-working space for progressive startups, activists, and artists, a writer’s residency, where investigative reporters can pursue stories and a multimedia studio where artists can create short films, podcasts, and other content in line with Eaton’s philosophy.
The lobby of the hotel will contain footage from the presidential elections of 2012 and 2016 posing the question: “How did our country get where it is today?” The minibar will include an activist toolkit that will include information on how to contact your congress member as well as material for making posters for demonstrations, Newsweek reported.
“And if we’d been open during this year’s Women’s March, I could have seen us putting poster boards and markers in the rooms,” Lo said.
Lo says that messages will be suited to each property. In Hong Kong, for instance, she wants to replace Bibles in nightstand drawers with copies of the U.N. Declaration for Human Rights.
Staff will be hired based not only for their experience in the service industry, but also for their track records in activism.
Well this place just sounds delightful.
Let's start with the name: Eaton Workshop. Who the hell wants to stay in a "workshop"? A hotel is supposed to be a place of comfort and rest. It's supposed to be a place where, if work needs to be done, the staff do it while you relax. Not at this place. Apparently they expect you to be politicking 24/7, and drinking in liberal propaganda when you're not.
Besides, if they're hiring staff based on a history of left-wing activism . . . yeah, you might want to just go ahead and make the bed yourself.
By the way, is the bit about replacing Bibles not a strong affirmation of the godlessness of the most of the left these days? These people seem to think they know their target market. Who are we to disagree?
Maybe the people behind this think it's some sort of deserved response to the presence of the Trump International in Washington. If so, they know not what they're doing. I've stayed at a Trump Hotel. They're very nice, very glitzy, very good at customer service . . . and completely nonpolitical. You could spend a month at one and you'd never see a hint that the guy whose name is on the door is the president of the United States, or that he's involved in politics at all, one way or the other. That's because the Trump Organization knows it's in the business of hospitality and not in the business of politics.
They also would like all kinds of people to stay at their hotels, including Trump-hating liberals, and to the extent that's possible at all it's going to require that they offer visitors and absolutely wonderful experience staying there. For the most part, Trump Hotels deliver that.
It sounds like the Eaton Workshop is putting politics first and hospitality second, and is telling half the U.S. population it's not welcome. Maybe that will work in Washington D.C., which is the swamp after all. But it still sounds like a horrible business concept that completely misunderstands what most people are looking for in a place to lay their heads.
That said, OK by me! I'm all for liberals wasting their money and losing it on poorly conceived business ventures. Chances are most people who stay there once won't go back, and will look for alternatives in the future.
I can recommend the Trump. They really know how to treat their guests, and they won't even ask you about your politics, nor will they tell you theirs.
They know you don't care.
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