A new hotel will be opening in Washington, one that is sure to catch the attention of the country’s top administration.
The Eaton Workshop will open its doors in late spring of 2018 with one goal in mind — showing its visitors how the U.S. became President Donald Trump’s America.
The Workshop does not plan on hiding it’s political stance and motivation as, upon entering, visitors will see contrasting video footage between the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.
The purpose of the consistent montage of comparison is to direct it’s audience to “one pointed question: How did our country get where it is today?”
The upcoming brand was developed by Katherine Lo, the daughter of Ka Shui Lo who is the chairman of Langham Hospitality Group Ltd., In Hong Kong.
The company calls itself a “hybrid model of a hotel, co-working members club, and wellness center,” while “supporting the intersection of arts, consciousness and impact.”
The hotel itself serves as an “interdisciplinary hotel experience to travelers seeking inspiration, innovation and impact.”
However, the building won’t only house just traveling guests, as free, public talks are planned to be held revolving around liberal philosophy. The Eaton Workshop is proposed to promote local politically motivated artwork to be placed in the lobby.
According to Lo, hotels should serve as a facilitator for good. Each guest will be exposed to liberal ideology and activism, whether they realize it or not.
The name itself is a subtle stroke of progressive philosophy, as it takes it’s inspirational name from the Montréal Eaton Centre. The name of the luxurious Canadian hotel focuses on Ka Shui Lo fleeing the Cultural Revolution in China.
Lo says the mall is a symbolism of freedom to her father.
And, in a more obvious way of seeing liberal ideology, minibars won’t just house liquor and drinks.
“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,” Lo told Bloomberg.
But each version of the Eaton Workshop will be different depending on its location.
Lo said a hotel would be opening in Hong Kong and, instead of Bibles in the nightstand, guests will likely find a copy of the United Nations Declaration for Human Rights.
Further, the hotel will not be advertised for everyone.
“We wanted to emphasize that it’s a place for people who are thinking outside the box and want to effect a change in the world,” Lo said.
Even the placement of the hotel can be viewed through political glasses. The first Eaton Workshop will be just a couple miles from Trump Hotel which has been a focus of controversy since Trump became president.
Many have accused Trump of violating anti-bribery clauses for financially gaining from foreign visitors.
However, Lo does not plan on pocketing the revenue from her liberal hotel once the doors are opened. Instead, her idea is to use the income as a way to fund community initiatives.
“We’re hoping that our hotel revenues will propel our creative projects,” Lo said. “[It’s] a non-profit, but better.”