At one year old, the Trump SoHo is still rockin

It pains us to see one of the best properties in the world not profiled in the Gadling database, so taking advantage of a recent assignment with The Trunk Club and a planned team happy hour we stopped in to take a look.

The Trump Soho is just finishing up it’s first year of operation in the posh corner of Manhattan known as SoHo. It’s a great part of town, were 9 out of 10 tourists head like pilgrims during the Hajj and where all of the finest restaurants and boutiques jostle for store space. With such a prestigious quarters, the Trump had to have a presence in some respect.

At it’s current level of operation, the property is just starting to fire on all cylinders. Aspects of each room have been fine tuned (such as the location of the ice buckets — not trivial!) after some of the initial guest feedback, and all of the employees and operations are starting to look and feel comfortable. The staff, though they’re trained to be attentive and pinpoint now have an air of gravity to them, like they’ve experienced every situation and are capable of handling anything else. There’s a light patina on the metalwork, a hum to the automated room curtains and a tint to the bright blue glass on the exterior walls — something makes this place feel like more of a home than the rigid hotel that it used to be.

All of this is juxtaposed against the normal amenities that make a Trump hotel really outstanding. The Bellino sheets are crisp and inviting, like no luxury sheet we’ve ever experienced, and the room technology system flawlessly controls the living environment seamlessly woven with the classic wood finishes and casual luxury appointments. Looking down the backbone of 6th Avenue from our bedroom window, it’s easy to see how one could never want to leave this place.

In celebration of their one year anniversary, the Trump Soho is offering special upgrades for any April booking made on Saturday, April 9th. Using the code APRIL9, guests booking regular rooms will get to experience the one bedroom suites, a real treat for any thrifty budget traveler. Get ye to the booking engine before the code expires.


Daily Pampering: Warm up at Trump Chicago with a romantic overnight

Oh, baby, it’s getting cold outside! The great minds at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago have just the thing to put some fire back into your cold routine.

Chicago locals and visitors alike are invited to escape the cold weather this holiday season with a romantic overnight stay in one of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago’s luxurious one-bedroom suites, equipped with a fully furnished kitchen, illuminating fireplace, spacious living room, and five-fixture bathroom.

Snuggle in front of a warm fireplace while sipping on your choice of a hot toddy or hot chocolate, and take in the romantic views of the Chicago River and the city’s skyline. You’ll be served breakfast in bed the next morning and, to keep you warm when you leave, each guest will receive a signature Trump bathrobe as a holiday gift.

The price of this hot little pampering? Room rates start at $695 a night and are available November 1 through December 30, 2010.

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Trump SoHo NYC goes green

The Trump family of hotels is working on a greener lifestyle in New York.

Green Mountain Energy Company announced that Trump SoHo™ New York, the newest Trump hotel and condominium complex at 246 Spring Street in New York City, has committed to purchasing renewable energy from Green Mountain for 100 percent of the hotel’s electricity usage. Green Mountain is one of the nation’s largest providers of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions.

Trump SoHo has signed on to purchase more than 5.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of wind energy annually from Green Mountain over two years, according to the agreement. The renewable energy will offset 100 percent of the hotel condominium’s annual electricity usage, which generates an estimated 4.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, according to Green Mountain.

As for Trump and his guests? The savings represents the equivalent of 1.3 million houses turning off all their lights for a day.

Trump Chicago first hotel to offer certified organic room-service menu

Looks like more hotels are helping guests live healthier lifestyles, especially during their travels. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago just debuted an in-room dining menu that is certified organic by Oregon Tilth, an international organic certification organization.

This will be the first hotel in North America to provide an all-organic menu, created and cooked from local and sustainable farmers. The room-service menu is divided into five categories-breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night snacks and spa dining. The in-room dining menu specifically features 10 certified organic dishes.

Selections from the organic breakfast menu include: Swiss Bircher Mueesli and a “Fight the Fatigue Fitness Breakfast” that includes a choice of fresh juice, plus an egg white omelet, chicken sausage, tropical protein shake, housemade Trump bakery muffin and your choice of Julius Meinl coffee, Harney & Sons tea or Oberweis skim milk.

For lunch or dinner, feast on organic selections including a classic Caesar salad; fusilli pasta with wild mushrooms, asparagus and English peas; wok-fried rice with tofu, beef, chicken or shrimp; wild mushroom risotto with parmigiano reggiano and English peas; organic center-cut pork chop with apricot glaze; sirloin steak frites with maitre d’ butter; and plenty of organic dessert options.

With these healthy options, you have no excuse for ordering late-night burgers and fries.

Daily Pampering – Trump-style proposal in Chicago

If you want to propose to your honey, you want it to be flashy and fabulous and you don’t want any of the hassle (and your assistant looked at you like you had three heads when you asked if he or she’d arrange it for you), Trump Hotel Collection has you covered.

Donald Trump knows what it’s like to be too busy to arrange the ultimate proposal. In the words of the Trumpster himself, “You have to think anyway, so why not think big?

A coordinated proposal in idyllic conditions on the stunning 89th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago includes a night in a Grand Deluxe Lake View Suite, limousine transport to and from the hotel, a welcome bottle of Champagne, an in-suite private chef dinner for two, two dozen red roses, a full day of spa treatments for two, a romantic turndown at night, an in-room American breakfast for two and complimentary 2 p.m. late check-out (if availability allows). A Trump Attaché will take care of timing, flowers and everything else you need. Best of all, the package includes the diamond ring — your Attaché will help you make your selection from the Ivanka Trump Collection.

Prices for the romantic Once in a Lifetime package at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago start at $20,100. The cost climbs with upgrades and, of course, bigger rings.

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