It's beyond us why the significantly unsold Trump Jersey City never went the co-tel route but Trump SoHo isn't being shy about its offerings, making its first suite available six months early. The building, its spa and its restaurant (recently before CB2) should be ready by October 1st according to a donation Trump SoHo made to Better Middler's New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic. Besides an opening date, the auction listing gives some insight into the hotel's pricing. Dinner for two at Quattro, one couple's spa treatment and two nights in a one bedroom suite is $5000.
Back in 2006 when Trump Jersey City was opening in our neighborhood we were acquiring donations for the charity auction benefiting the Cathedral Arts Festival, Jersey City's longest running arts festival raising money for the Grace Van Vorst food pantry. Seeing as Trump was new to town we thought he'd like to spread some good will like so many local hoteliers and restauranteurs. His donation? We were told if we mailed a SASE we would receive an autographed picture to auction in return. Just one more reason why we're glad the city council here decided not to name a street after him.