First Lady Michelle Obama is staying with her daughters and mother in an $8,000-per-night suite in Beijing, according to Chinese media.
The presidential suite at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang, where the First Family minus Barack are holed up, goes for 52,000 yuan, which translates to $8,350.
And oh yes, you’re paying. All of it. Michelle is classifying this as an official trip.
Here’s a look at the 3,445-square-foot suite – so you can see if you’re getting your money’s worth.
Nice right? I think she and Mrs. Robinson will be comfortable.
In fact, I’d be surprised if she goes out at all. According to the Westin’s website:
Every element of the Jinmao Presidential suite is designed to please and pamper. Gorgeous furnishings in neutral tones are stylishly tailored—including corner sofas with silk pillows, stunning original artwork, and three levels of lighting—for meetings, reading, and evening entertaining. The suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the East 3rd Ring Road, including Beijing’s modern central business district and diplomatic communities.
Whether you are here for business or sheer pleasure, you will find this suite is an oasis of comfort, complete with 24-hour private butler service. Enjoy the latest entertainment technologies with a Bose® 321 GSII CD/DVD system, Bose® Surround System and 52-inch flat screen interactive TV, complimentary High Speed Wireless Internet Access, and an IP telephone.
Enjoy an impromptu gathering with a full honor bar with refreshments, or order exquisite in-room dining at your table for six. Work efficiently in a fully wired and equipped office and enjoy some time out in the full-size massage chair or a run on the Life Fitness® treadmill.
Slumber peacefully in our world-renowned king-size Westin Heavenly® Bed, an oasis of lush sheets, down cushioning, a generous collection of plush pillows, and a patented pillow-top mattress. With ten layers of comfort, this custom bed is designed for a deep, undisturbed sleep that energizes your body and brain. The stage is set for a great night—and an even better tomorrow. Refresh with a rainforest shower or enjoy a soak in the Jacuzzi tub in your beautifully appointed master bathroom, complete with steam room and sauna.
Ten layers of comfort? I’m not sure my bed has even one layer of comfort.
The total cost of this excursion, which is heavy on tourist stuff, is likely north of $1 million, given that Judicial Watch was able to peg her 2010 trip to Spain at $467,000. This voyage has far more flying time – a major piece of the cost – and much more demanding security requirements, as well as lots of staff.
Here’s some good footage of her trip so far, which included a “surprise” half hour meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Doesn’t appear they talked about anything much. Certainly not Xi’s prisoners.