Nov 14, 2017
Washington DC is getting “the world’s first politically motivated hotel,” according to Bloomberg, which will serve as a safe space for the anti-Trump resistance.
The report explains:
The first thing you’ll see when you walk into Eaton Workshop, a hotel opening in late spring 2018 in Washington, is a custom-commissioned video art installation by AJ Schnack, shown on a series of vintage-style television screens. All day long, it’ll broadcast a montage of footage from the presidential elections of 2012 and 2016 that’s built around one pointed question: How did our country get where it is today?
With a premise that’s built around liberal activism and civic engagement, the brand will weave a liberal philosophy into every aspect of the guest experience, some more obvious than others.
This “hotel with an agenda,” which was created by Katherin Lo from a Hong Kong-based hospitality group, is slated to have 209 rooms and will sit near the National Mall. Other locations will open in San Francisco and Seattle by 2019. One will go up in Hong Kong even sooner in which Lo plans on replacing nightstand Bibles with a copy of the UN Declaration for Human Rights. Here’s what else guests can expect:
[A] sort of TED talk series driven by the liberal agenda, consisting of fireside chats and rooftop lectures that Lo hopes will be free, open to the public, and streamable as Eaton-branded podcasts. Then comes the art program, which—aside from the political statement piece at check-in—will include commissions from at least a half-dozen up-and-coming local artists and a street-facing exhibition window curated in partnership with local museums and institutions. A co-working space will prioritize memberships for progressive startups, activists, and artists, while a wellness program will offer “inner-health-focused treatments” such as Reiki and sound baths, rather than facials and massages.
Other amenities will include a committed social justice warrior bartender on hand, Derek Brown, who is the “chief spirit advisor for the National Archives.” There will also be “an activist toolkit” near the minibar that will have the numbers of members of Congress and maybe even markers and poster boards for protest signs.
Lo said she hopes the hotel will appeal to the “woke” sect, but insists it will be no place to “bring together left and right.” She also wants to become the place to stay for investigative journalists.
“We wanted to emphasize that it’s a place for people who are thinking outside the box and want to effect a change in the world,” she said.
Also, Lo insists she isn’t in it for the money, but to use profits to fund arts programs and such. Eaton will be a hub for musicians and artists to create progressive activist art and stream it to guests’ personal devices. Lo says it will be “a non-profit, but better.” In reality, it sounds like hell on Earth.
Lo didn’t indicate whether the hotel was going to adopt the “no wall” policy of the Left in the hotel’s design. Here’s to hoping they are consistent with their message!
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:37 am