My Favorite Place: Donald Trump
Published: May 2010
By Dani Shapiro
The bicoastal real estate mogul, reality television star, and on-the-go hotelier makes a case for Los Angeles. T+L takes its turn as apprentice.
“Outside of New York, L.A. is the place I spend the most time. We shot a whole season of The Apprentice there a few years ago, which was a lot of fun for all of us. Between the success of the show, my business ventures, and the Trump National Golf Club on the beach in Palos Verdes, I’m pretty connected to the city. While it’s vastly different from New York—in L.A., if you wear a tie, it’s like you’re from another world—I still find that many of the same people go back and forth between the two coasts. By the way, I do often wear a tie there—though sometimes I relax and go without.
“I have a house in Beverly Hills, but if I’m just going for a quick hop, I check in to the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s easier because the hotel has everything I could possibly need and the staff really knows how to take care of a guest. They always make sure to have a room available for me, even if I’m arriving on the night of the Academy Awards.
“I mostly travel in my own plane—I will fly commercial on occasion—and when I’m heading from New York to L.A. and back, I can turn off the phones, because no matter what Wi-Fi system you have, it isn’t very good in the air. That kind of quiet is so rare for me; I get to read financial statements and do paperwork while making the cross-country trip between two cities I love.”
Donald’s Trump’s newest hotel is the 391-room Trump SoHo, New York (doubles from $399). For details about his other projects—including the renovated Trump International Hotel & Tower New York and upcoming properties in Panama and Toronto—go to trump.com.
Home Away from Home
“In Palos Verdes, south of downtown L.A., the attitude is laid-back and there’s that fresh, clean ocean air. I always try to play a round at Trump National Golf Course (310/265-5000; trumpnationallosangeles.com).”
Beyond the Business Suit
“Head to Rodeo Drive—everybody’s there. My favorite shop is Gucci.”
West Coast Dining
“At the Ivy (113 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310/274-8303; dinner for two $100) there’s a beautiful outdoor terrace, though I usually sit inside. Order the prime rib.”