As President Donald Trump has headed south, so has the see-and-be-seen nature of his Washington, D.C. hotel, once a hub for sightings of Trump family members and allies – and even the president himself. On Thursday night, six tables of people were seated in the expansive Benjamin Bar and Lounge, while one table of guests – and later another – dined at the upstairs BLT Prime by David Burke, alongside DailyMail.com. Gone were fixtures of the Trump hotel: no Rudy Giuliani, no cabinet secretaries, no Republican congressman, no White House aides, no Trump children or in-laws, and no chance of an encounter with the president and his entourage. The property has the three-pronged problem of no more Trumps, COVID restrictions that had kept the restaurants closed for the past month – and signs that suggest business simply isn’t wanted. A sign posted to fencing around the hotel’s main driveway reads: ‘Hotel Guests & Invitees Access Only’. For those who try to venture inside the Pennsylvania Avenue hotel, a guard pops out of a small shed at the edge of the driveway asking what business they have, even though reservations for BLT can be made on the popular OpenTable app. Still, the… Read full this story
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