Hotel Articles

World's Largest Hotel: For Muslims Only

Discrimination is a terrible thing, but only when the wrong people do it.
2:33 PM, May 26, 2015

The Guardian had a story last week about the soon-to-be completed Abraj Kudai, a new hotel in Mecca which will have 10,000 guest rooms, 70 restaurants, four helipads, and five floors reserved for the sole use of the Saudi royal family.

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Hotels for Obama's India Visit Cost $1.7M

9:04 AM, Feb 11, 2015

In January, the State Department signed contracts for an estimated $1,690,000 million for hotels for President Obama's trip to India. Two of the contracts were for the New Delhi stay, and another two were for Agra, the location of the Taj Mahal. That latter leg of the trip was cancelled when President Obama decided to leave early to pay his respects to the recently deceased king of Saudi Arabia. The president stayed in New Delhi for two nights.

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Biden's Hotel Bill for Turkey Visit: $625K

7:01 AM, Nov 24, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden just returned Sunday from a three-nation trip that concluded with a 48 hour visit to Turkey.

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New York City's Hotel War Heats Up

2:16 PM, Oct 24, 2014

As any visitor to New York City discovers, the Big Apple isn’t the best place to get a hotel room. Rates top $300 per night, the highest in the country, and supply is quite limited.

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$908K for Vehicles for Biden's World Cup Trip--On Top of $2.2M for Hotels

7:07 AM, Aug 07, 2014

Vice President Biden's trip to Brazil in mid-June for the USA versus Ghana World Cup game and meetings the following day with the president and vice president of Brazil required rental of vehicles for Biden and his entourage costing over $900,000.

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Obama's Second $1.5M Brussels Hotel Bill in Less Than Three Months

Plus a $1 million car rental tab.
10:20 AM, Jun 11, 2014

In late March of this year, President Obama stayed in Brussels, Belgium for about 24 hours on a weeklong trip through Europe. Lodging at The Hotel in Brussels cost $1.5 million, as we reported in April, including rooms for the president and his entourage, as well as for the advance team in the weeks preceding the visit.

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Hotel and Vehicles for 24-Hour Obama Philippines Visit: $1.1 Million

8:02 AM, May 15, 2014

The official White House schedule says President Obama was in the Philippines for less than 24 hours, but the estimated cost of the 

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$1.5M Hotel Bill for President Obama's One-Day Visit to Brussels

11:02 AM, Apr 04, 2014

In late March, President Obama took a week-long trip through Europe which included a stop of less than 24 hours in Brussels, Belgium for meetings with the European Union and NATO.

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U.S. Delegation to Mandela Funeral: Five Hotels, Transportation Cost $19M

6:47 AM, Feb 07, 2014

Documents recently released by the government show that the value of hotels and local transportation contracts for the U.S. delegation to Nelson Mandela's funeral in December were considerably higher than previous estimates.  On December 19, we first reported the cost at about $11 million. However, rather than two hotels and one vehicle contractor, additional contracts have been disclosed bringing the total to five hotels and two vehicle contractors.

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Vice President Biden's $583K Shangri-la Hotel Bill in Singapore

1:02 PM, Dec 06, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden's $585,000 hotel bill for a Paris visit early in 2013 focused a lot of attention on the issue of the high cost of VIP travel.  Even as Biden is currently on a swing through the Far East, the State Department has posted a $583,000 contract with the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore for the vice president's three-day/two-night stay this past July, his most recent Far East visit.

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Biden's $245,000 Hotel Bill in Trinidad and Tobago

8:58 AM, Jul 17, 2013

Vice President Biden spent only about 20 hours in Trinidad and Tobago on his recent six day trip through South America and the Caribbean, but the hotel bill for the vice president, his entourage and the advance team came in at about $245,000 for an estimated 1,134 room nights.  As is typically the case with VIP travel, the contract was awarded without the usual "full and open competition" due to security and logistical concerns:

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High Cost of VIP Travel: Biden's $665,545 Hotel Bill in Moscow, Obama's $450,000 Warsaw Tab

In Copenhagen, $430,285.70 for hotel and $200,629 for limousines.
8:53 AM, Jun 29, 2013

The Washington Times reports that the cost of Obama's Africa trip, estimated as high as $100 million, is overshadowing President Obama's agenda. If past VIP trips are any indication, lodging and local transportation would represent only a fraction of the $100 million, yet those costs would likely still dwarf those of the average citizen traveling abroad. In late March, Vice President Joe Biden's $321,000 limo bill and $585,000 Paris hotel bill for his trip to Europe earlier this year were revealed.

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Obama's $2.5M Hotel and 'Vehicle Rental' Tab on Last Mexico Trip

12:35 PM, May 01, 2013

As the White House first announced in March, Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Mexico and Costa Rica later this week. The trip is billed as "an important opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America." And at yesterday’s White House press conference, the president stated that he is "very much looking forward to taking the trip down to Mexico" this week.

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Biden's One-Night Paris Hotel Tab: $585,000.50

9:50 AM, Mar 22, 2013

As it turns out, Vice President Joe Biden's London stay in February was not the most expensive part of his trip. A government document released on February 14, 2013 shows that the contract for the 

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Biden's $459,388.65 Hotel Bill

'Approximately 136 hotel rooms for 893 room nights.'
8:46 AM, Mar 22, 2013

Vice President Biden and his entourage spent a little time in London in early February during his first foreign trip of the second term of the Obama administration.

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