ANDREW CUOMO’S RESERVATIONS
He didn’t book rooms at President-elect Donald Trump’s spectacular hotel in the nation’s capital just three blocks east of the White House. And he didn’t seek accommodations at a Motel 6 either.
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was so eager to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s presidential inauguration, he booked 200 hotel rooms in D.C. for family, friends and supporters of his own possible future bid for the presidency,” reports New York Post columnist Richard Johnson.
Mr. Cuomo snagged this big reservation at the iconic Madison Hotel, three blocks north of the White House. Alas, his plans went awry for obvious reasons. What now? Following Mr. Trump’s win last month, a member of the governor’s staff called Ed Cox, chairman of New York’s Republican Party, to offer him the vast block of rooms in the Madison. Ironically enough, it all worked out for the GOP.
“The best part is Cuomo booked so early, he locked in a really low rate. Cox was grateful. Rooms in D.C. are a hot commodity right now,” a source told Mr. Johnson.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s commanding hotel in Washington boasts a 315-foot clock tower looming over Pennsylvania Avenue — and is booked solid until January 23, three days after the inauguration. When things do open up again, the cheapest room is $625 a night, the most expensive is the 6,300 square foot “Trump Townhouse,” at $21,250 a night. Mr. Trump and his family will stay in Blair House, adjacent to the White House, during the inauguration, the traditional guest accommodation for an incoming president.