This Week in Food and Travel: A look inside the anti-Trump hotel in Washington, DC
In 2018, activism is a lifestyle. There’s perhaps no better proof of this than the Eaton Hotel in Washington, D.C., part of a larger collective called Eaton Workshop, which launched to fuel — and comfort — the resistance. Founder Katherine Lo concocted the concept to subvert the traditional hotel model and create a space for people invested in progressive social change. Eaton opened at the end of September and, judging by the booked rooms, so far, so good.
“I want reporters to utilize Eaton D.C. as a modern-day press club, a safe spot in very uncertain times,” Lo said. She also hopes activists, nonprofits and other liberal movers and shakers will use the multiple spaces as a inspiring hubs to make real-world change.
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“If standing for LGBTQ rights, gender equality or environmental justice means that we are known as the ‘anti-Trump hotel,’ I am more than happy with that association,” Lo said.
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