5 Questions With Colm O’Callaghan, Vice President & Managing Director of Trump Chicago

1.       What makes Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago Haute?
While the amenities, accommodations and offerings at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago make it the pinnacle of luxury, it is its service that makes it Haute. The exceptional guest service and attention to detail takes the luxury to the Haute level befitting today’s discerning guests.  An exquisite meal is as much about the attention to detail—how the food is plated, how it is served. Our guests have let us know, time and again, that it is the service that inspires their loyalty to our hotel. Our product is exceptional and we deliver that thanks to our service standards.

2.       What is your favorite room/suite in the hotel?
The best suite in the hotel is easily room 2400. Facing due East, this suite offers one of the most spectacular views of the Wrigley Clocktower, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan through 10 foot floor to ceiling windows. In the summer months, on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, guests in this suite will have a perfect, unobstructed view of the fireworks off of Navy Pier. This all comes with the beautifully appointed one bedroom suite with a full kitchen, dining room, and working fireplace. There is nothing better than curling up to the fireplace in Chicago’s cold winter months.


3.       For sushi, which restaurant would you recommend to your guests?
Chicago is a city in love with food and it has a special place in its heart—and stomach!—for sushi. Fortunately for us, we have an exquisite lounge in our hotel, Rebar, that offers incredibly fresh and innovative sushi. Using only the highest caliber of ingredients our sushi chef Ishmael Lucero puts together creations that will dazzle even the most cultured sushi connoisseur. My personal favorite is the Blue Fin Roll: shrimp tempura, avocado, oba, with akami, chutoro  & otoro garnished with marinated jalapeños, chives & 24 carat gold flakes. So Haute!


4.       Tell us about a perfect day in Chicago.
There is so much to see and do in Chicago that I almost hate to limit my recommendations so here is what I did with my family on a recent random weekend. We woke up at Trump Tower, had a light snack in 16 before leaving the hotel from the river front exit where we took a water taxi from Trump Plaza. The water taxi follows the river through downtown Chicago and dropped us off at Chinatown. We had Dim Sum in Chinatown and then took a cab to Millenium Park where we simply hung out, walked around and took in the sights and sounds of Chicago’s greatest public park. We walked back up Michigan Avenue towards the hotel, did a little window browsing along the Avenue, some shopping at Nordstrom before stopping at Northbridge Mall for some ice cream. We then came back to the hotel, relaxed a little before changing for the evening. An early Dinner at Chicago Cut and then we walked over to the Goodman Theater and enjoyed Chinglish which is a great play that is currently performing there. To top off the fabulous day we rushed back to Trump Tower and found a table at 16 where we were able to relax and enjoy the city’s fireworks and savor some of pastry chef Sarah Kosikowski’s fabulous desserts. It turned out to be another great day in Chicago with some fabulous memories.

Spa at Trump Couples Suite

5.        What are some special amenities available at Trump Chicago?
Our 23,000 square foot Spa at Trump is the ultimate urban oasis. With 11 treatment rooms offering a wide variety of services, people flock there to relax and rejuvenate. Our signature treatment is the Gemstone Massage. These massages call on the essential healing powers associated with gemstones. The oils used in the treatment, flown in from Dubai, are infused with rare flower and herbal essences and contain diamonds, emeralds, rubies, or sapphires. There is no treatment more Haute than one using precious gems!

Colm O’Callaghan, is the Vice President and Managing Director of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. Check out their profile on the exclusive Haute Hotel Network.