It is only fitting, since Donald Trump owns the building, that Trump International Hotel & Tower, scheduled to open to the public in three weeks, has been a feast for design and architecture critics. Completed at a cost of $1 billion, the 239-room hotel will dazzle from a design that includes a 55-foot translucent tent and a snow globe, to keep out New Yorkers.
The elevated tower, with its 860-foot central atrium and crowns of light on the infinity pool and 2,500-square-foot suites, will be more than 600 feet taller than all the hotels in New York combined.
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Unlike the likes of the Trump SoHo hotel and a few other projects, however, the Trump International is the first time that a “Trump hotel” has been established to be non-Trump-branded, and is the largest example of the “Trump” persona in any of the company’s recently closed projects.
In addition to the hotel, which features guest rooms with bubble chairs, daybeds, and large, circular closets, which appear slightly goofy in the late afternoon sun, plans have been laid out for a boutique mall that includes a Hilton and a Prada store.
From its address on 56th Street, the boutique mall could be an offshoot of Grand Central Terminal, with marble, glass, and 495 or so shop-lined spaces – or like a post-apocalyptic John Kerry episode of “The West Wing,” in which the White House crumbles into pavement following the assault of a deranged president.