The role of President of the United States of America is one of the most high-powered and sought-after jobs in the world, however just like any boss of a nation, Barack Obama is also required to do a fair bit of travelling. In honour of last week’s inauguration, we’re taking a look at some of the places President Obama stays when he’s away on business, as well a selection of his favourites. Cheers to the next four years!
Washington DC – The Hay-Adams
With spectacular views of the White House, President Obama and his family frequently stay in the presidential suite in this great and historic hotel. Having first checked-in over four years ago, the Obama family are true guests at the Hay-Adams hotel, with a random turn of events providing them with their initial stay.
A few weeks before his first day in the office, Obama wanted to introduce his family to the beautiful city of Washington DC. However the Blair House, the retreat normally used for such visits by important members of government, was fully booked, leaving the President’s advisors with a tough decision on where to house the country’s future commander-in-chief. The Hay-Adams is the city’s most luxurious hotel, and certainly worthy of any president past or present.
Los Cabos – The Esperanza Resort
This 57 bedroom super-resort was the hotel used to house the entire U.S delegation for the 2012 G-20 Summit in Mexico. A joint decision by President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the hotel was also shared by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the picturesque landscape providing a beautiful backdrop for the conference.
New York – The Waldorf Astoria
At nearly $9,000 per night, this four bedroom presidential suite is reserved for only the most respected and important people, and Barack Obama is certainly one of them. Continuing a long-standing tradition, every president has stayed here at least once since Herbert Hoover, and he even had a secret train station built underneath the hotel for national security measures! To this day, the Waldorf upholds its strict dress code, so expect to be swiftly ejected if you’re caught wearing jeans, tank-tops, t-shirts or baseball caps – presidents are exempt of course.
Berlin – The Hotel Adlon Kempinski
Although Barack Obama wasn’t president when he first stayed at this magnificent hotel, he still holds the building and staff close to his heart. Commenting that the United States of America had no better partner than Europe on his 2008 campaign trail, the Hotel Adlon Keminski reflects the pinnacle of German culture and Architecture, and continues to be used my a variety of America government officials.
Las Vegas – Element Las Vegas Summerlin
Having previously stayed at Caesars Palace, Obama chose something a little quieter during his stay in January last year. This modest but ultra-sleek hotel offers one of the greenest environments in Las Vegas, and he also decided to help out local establishments when ordering food, instead of eating in the hotel’s five-star restaurant – 12 pizzas to the presidential suite!
Lloyd is currently working as a travel writer, outside of this he also writes about music and culture for various publications. This article was contributed on behalf of Cheapflights.