What it’s like to stay at Donald Trump’s Florida resort home, the Mar-a-Lago Club

Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., were married on the estate. Pictured above is Donald, Jr.’s wedding.
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The Mar-a-Lago Club is Donald Trump’s Florida resort and home base outside Manhattan.

It’s the top-ranked spa in Palm Beach on TripAdvisor, and gets four full stars on Yelp. But what’s it really like to stay there?

James Taylor, the famous singer-songwriter, spent a week there with his wife and children to perform at a charity gala on the property. His wife, Caroline, penned an account of their stay at the Mar-a-Lago for Vanity Fair.

Calling herself and her husband “dyed-in-the-wool, yellow dog Democrats,” Caroline Taylor still attempts to offer an unbiased review of the hotel.

See what it’s like to stay at the ultimate in lavish Trump real estate below.

Raisa Bruner wrote an earlier version of this post.

Mar-a-Lago is a beach and pool club and spa, with rooms, suites, and cottages spread over 20 acres. The club has been the site of everything from Trump’s most recent wedding to Maya Angelou’s 80th birthday party, hosted by Oprah Winfrey.

Gooood morning! ???? #palmbeach #maralago #realestate

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It’s one of the most “exotic, larger-than-life” hotels Taylor says she’s ever visited. The 118-room resort was built in the 1920s by Marjorie Merriweather Post, America’s richest woman, until she bequeathed it to the US government and it fell into disrepair.

Source: The New York Times

Trump scooped it up in 1985 for less than $10 million, renovated it, and ultimately turned it into the society destination it is today. Taylor describes the clientele as “lacquered blondes” wearing “five-inch Louboutins.”

Incredible #luncheon at #maralago #HOW #ovariancancer #SherryLansing was fantastic!!! Wonderful job as always @jarjam

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Sources: The New York Times, Vanity Fair

The casual patio restaurant serves dishes like “Barron’s Macaroni,” named after Trump’s youngest son. The pasta dish received top marks from the Taylor family.

Making America Great ???? @michaellorber @adammscott

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Big charity and private events are often staged at the Mar-a-Lago. The Taylors were in town for an event benefiting a Boston cancer-research hospital. Below is an image from the Palm Beach Zoo Ball, also held at the club.

The family stayed in the Banyan Bungalow, a suite usually reserved for Ivanka Trump. She’s a regular visitor.

So happy to be at one of my most-favorite places on earth, The Mar-A-Lago Club. ???? Summer 2015.

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A tunnel connects the pristine, manicured croquet grounds …

… to the beach. But you can’t go inside while in beach or pool attire, as there’s a formal dress code.

waiting for the donald

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“The Mar-a-Lago staff was gracious, kind, and always at attention,” Taylor notes. She noticed “certain demographics”: Jamaican security personnel, housekeepers of Caribbean or Latin American background, and restaurant staff of Eastern European descent.

When she asked about Trump, they responded politely. “He is [a] sweet, sweet man,” one staff member said.

Source: Vanity Fair

Trump happened to stop by while the Taylors were staying at the Mar-a-Lago. Their charity party ended in a Trump victory celebration, thanks to a primary win. Below is another recent victory celebration.

Taylor’s parting thoughts? She may not be returning, but about the resort itself she had nothing bad to say. “Well, the staff was dear. The food was good, the boys had fun. We got a tan.”

Lucky to be in this beautiful place ????

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