Back in 2014, Beijing-based Anbang Insurance (who you’ll likely remember from the Starwood negotiations), agreed to buy the original Waldorf Astoria in New York from Hilton for $2B. They then announced plans last year to close the hotel for major renovations and convert many of the rooms to apartments. With the purchase, US presidents and representatives who had longed stayed at the Waldorf for UN events, switched to other properties over monitoring and recording concerns.
…America’s great historic fabulous familial glorious treasure in the sky — rumouredly, supposedly, imaginably — is getting hard-wired. Not confirmed but whispered through dim sum is: If you pee in the Waldorf, it’s recorded in Beijing.
America’s iconic Waldorf Astoria was itself a complete city. You could repair a shoe, fix a cuff, buy a diamond, mail a letter, eat a burger. No need to leave for anything. Now at the concierge desk, all Chinese. Maloney’s Panda orchestra, all Chinese. In the lobby, Chinese.