Just when you thought anti-Trump hysteria couldn’t be more amplified, along comes Eaton Workshop, Washington’s first progressive, counter-cultural hotel . A hotel with a political theme sounds foreign and difficult to grasp, but Eaton Workshop will wear its intent on its sleeve – and literally on its walls.
The hotel concept is the brainchild of Katherine Lo, daughter of a Hong Kong hotel magnate, who believes that even hotels can have a political bent – well, at least a liberal one. With an appealing design and a location near the National Mall, Eaton Workshop is sure to attract a tony clientele, but the real left-wing touches are on the inside.
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?
It’s not a subtle statement, and it’s not meant to be.
Eaton Workshop has a set of lectures in the vein of TED talks in the works, along with progressive art pieces similar to the lobby installation. Even the choice of staff is predicated on a leftist agenda; beverage director Derek Brown got his job based on his commitment to social justice as much as for his knowledge of cocktails, while chef Tim Ma moved from the National Security Agency to vegetable-focused cooking.
Lo even plans to help woke clientele achieve activist goals.
“We plan to have new ideas in the minibar—an activist toolkit, for example, that includes sheets with information to help you call your congresspeople. And if we’d been open during this year’s Women’s March, I could have seen us putting poster boards and markers in the rooms!”
Political statements such as these will be tailored to each property. In Hong Kong, for instance, Lo says she’d like to replace Bibles in the nightstand drawers with copies of the United Nations Declaration for Human Rights.
Eaton Workshop is clearly not for everyone, and Lo understands this. She stated that diversity is the hotel’s goal, but “the goal isn’t to bring together left and right.” The property is set to include a radio station and multimedia facilities to allow activist artists, musicians, and filmmakers a place to work.
The Washington location is just the first, with location in Hong Kong and – surprise, surprise – Seattle and San Francisco opening in the coming years. Will Eaton Workshop succeed? Probably, but only because the left tends to want to segregate themselves and congregate with like minds.
Guess that leaves the Trump hotel for the rest of us…