Trumpin' It- Part 1

 First off, let me be clear. I am not the type to jet off to the Trump for a typical weekend away. It just so happens that part of my husband’s job required him to check out some hotels in Chicago to host clients at. One of them was the Trump and they really encouraged him to actually stay in the room at a reduced rate. So when work called him to Chicago the hubby asked me if I would like to leave the kids behind and spend a night in the Trump. Um…yes please!!

So the kiddos are shipped off to the grandparents and the hubby and I head to Chicago. The big bummer is that I can’t check in until 3 so what to do…what to do? Did I mention the Trump is right next to Michigan Ave.? So I had to shop, shop, shop. This was also necessitated by the fact that my hip and cute dress I packed to wear out on the town was left in Michigan and all I packed were traveling clothes, i.e. comfy and dumpy.

You know what stinks? Shopping for THREE hours and coming up with nothing. Nothing!!! So what did I do? Drove to Target and bought the exact same dress I had left at home. Lame I know, but I literally could find nothing!! So I gave the extra to my sister in law as a “thank God my brother married you and not that crazy girl he dated before you” present. Couldn’t find a card that expressed those sentiments though.

Then came the check in. Ladies and gentlemen, you have not checked into a hotel until you have checked into the Trump. I was given a warm towel to wipe the city off myself. Restrained myself from washing off my armpits just to see what people would do. Then I was asked what paper I wanted delivered the next morning. Um, what are my choices. Well in fact there were 7. After a few more questions as to my preferences in life, the woman checking us in told us she would escort us to our room. We got an escort!!

When we got to our room, our luggage was waiting there (of course) as well as a white gloved bell hop who was opening our blinds with a remote control. He then asked us a whole host of questions (how is the temperature, could he make us some coffee, where would we like our luggage placed, would we like a complimentary shoe shine?) But my absolute favorite question…”Are the pillows to your liking?” Because if they aren’t you can order a new one from the pillow menu. There is a pillow menu!!! With 10 kinds of pillows. So we of course had to order one. Hubby’s: a body pillow (of course). Me: an aromatherapy pillow designed to promote relaxation. Oh yeah.

So the room is awesome obviously. Big gorgeous King size bed. Big ole flat screen TV. Full size kitchen with a cappuccino, latte and coffee maker. Huge tub and shower with a giant shower head that feels like a rain shower. But the coolest thing us lowly middle class folks are missing out on? There was a TV built into the mirror. So I can watch Regis and Kelly while I get ready and I don’t even have to turn my head. Do you think the Donald has one. Do you think he watches The Apprentice while he styles his hair. I would assume that thing takes about an hour to style…

Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow. It involves pools, puke and a unicorn. Well, kind of a unicorn.


  1. Rachel says:

    We had some friends who built a TV into their mirror when they designed their new house. I was INSANELY jealous. Then again, it takes me long enough to get ready in the morning without throwing the variable of TV into the equation!

    Your hubby’s job sounds wonderful. Sadly being a preacher doesn’t provide a whole lot of opportunities to test out really nice hotels. I’m living vicariously through you!

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  2. Nice! I was laughing by the end, especially at the Donald comments! The hubby wanted to know what was so funny!
    I would have enjoyed the pillow menu… was there a limit to how many you could order??? :)

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  3. This post was ridiculously fun to read, I’d love to stay at a hotel like this someday, if only so I could say I had – haha

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  4. How fun! I can’t wait for part II :)

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  5. Nicole says:

    I know that you were only here for dinner, we offer the same amenities here at our place. Is this not standard?? 10 kinds of pillows… that is nothing! We have a few more than that – including, but not limited to the lumpy pillow due to hubby thinking washing and drying was a good idea vs. investing in a pillow case (pre-me days).

    We do not use said pillow, it has found a home in a sham where it will live a long, happy, unused life.

    I would have felt like Julia Roberts in that hotel – minus the whole whore part.

  6. wow, i love the part about buying the same dress at Target!! and of course, the tv in the mirror. gotsta get me one of those!!

  7. Jackie @agsoccermom says:

    Nice. I love the dress at target, I would of done the same thing.

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  8. Andrea@Cup of Jesus says:

    I had the same problem with shopping when I went to Toronto in May – ended up going to the stores where all the other mid-west mommies shop, and thumbed my nose at the fancy cosmo ones. I am so proud of you! :)

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  9. Well, you should have given me the heads up that you were in Chicago…I would have met you for a drink!

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  10. Did you stay at the Trump recently? :)

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  11. Jen@BigBinder says:

    The Trump has unicorns? Now this.. I didn’t know. Can’t wait to hear about it.

  12. Wow! How wonderful to stay somewhere so nice. I’ve never even stayed somewhere they had a bell hop. And I have never heard of being able to order special pillows, let alone 7 different kinds.

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  13. wow, sounds like a good place for us to go for anniv. or b’day. i’ll have to keep that in mind!

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