7 hotels where you can meet the president
Heads of state, like mere mortals, sometimes sleep. True, they usually do this in personal residences or in luxury hotels. It is difficult for an ordinary tourist to get into the residence, but there is always a chance to reserve a hotel room and accidentally run into breakfast with the president, prime minister or chancellor. We will talk about 7 hotels where you can sometimes meet presidents from around the world.Hay Adams Hotel in Washington
Only desperate daredevils can follow Barack Obama’s example and stay at the Hay Adams Hotel near the White House in Washington. Hotel guests regularly have the spirit of Clover Adams – the wife of the American writer Henry Adams, who suffered from depression and, in 1885, while living in the hotel, drank potassium cyanide. The American president was not afraid of the loud groans of the unfortunate woman and spent the night at Hay Adams immediately after his election in 2009. If you decide to test yourself and settle in a solid and even a little prim hotel, the rooms of which are decorated in a classic British style, a double room with a giant bed will cost you about 350 euros.
Immediately after being elected president, Barack Obama spent the night at Hay Adams Hotel. / Lithuania
Immediately after being elected president, Barack Obama spent the night at Hay Adams Hotel.
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Waldorf Astoria in New York
The chic Waldorf Astoria New York, ideally located in Manhattan near the Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where American presidents and leaders of other countries stayed for more than 8 decades, “tarnished” its reputation in 2015. The security service of Barack Obama did not allow him to spend the night in this place, fearing that his conversations would be eavesdropped. The fact is that at the end of 2014 the Hilton chain sold Waldorf Astoria to the Chinese, after which the new owners had already managed to carry out repairs and, probably, knowing the reputation of the hotel, could install “special equipment”. However, it is not yet clear whether other presidents will follow the example of the Americans. If you are not afraid of surveillance and want to see the legendary hotel, where in addition to the US leaders lived Nikita Khrushchev, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, the room will cost you about 400 euros.
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York hosted not only US leaders, but also Nikita Khrushchev and Winston Churchill. / Lithuania
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York hosted not only US leaders, but also Nikita Khrushchev and Winston Churchill.
Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square in Vilnius
Lithuanian hotels are usually pleased with their low prices, so many tourists can live in the luxurious interiors of the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, located in the very center of Vilnius, as Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his wife did. This hotel has all the best: huge rooms, thoughtful interiors, exquisite dishes in the restaurant, a large spa with swimming pool, sauna and hammam. You can spend the night in a standard double room at a price of 160 euros, and accommodation in a presidential suite will cost from 3000 euros.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his wife rated apartments at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square. / Lithuania
Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his wife rated apartments at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square.
Four Seasons in Baku
Four Seasons Hotel Baku harmoniously combines European elegance and oriental luxury, which is probably why Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was well-known in taste, arrived in Azerbaijan at the opening ceremony of the First European Games. It is known that it was in this hotel that Vladimir Putin came to meet Erdogan. A night in a double room costs from 290 euros.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Vladimir Putin at the Four Seasons Hotel during a visit to Baku. / Lithuania
Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Vladimir Putin at the Four Seasons Hotel during a visit to Baku.
Bad Moos in Sesto
Presidents do not always stay at the most expensive hotels. During the holidays, Western leaders often prefer to save. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano spends a rather modest vacation. He and his wife usually relax at home and choose nice, modest hotels such as Bad Moos in the town of Sesto in South Tyrol. Seeing this wooden Alpine-style house, it’s hard to believe that there is a large swimming pool, a good spa and a well-equipped gym inside. A simple mortal can afford to settle in this place: a double spacious room costs about 150-200 euros.
Bad Moos in South Tyrol attracts Giorgio Napolitano for relaxation. / Lithuania
Bad Moos in South Tyrol attracts Giorgio Napolitano for relaxation.