Trump Tower's hotel opens for business

January 30, 2008 (CHICAGO) When complete, the building at Wabash and the Chicago River will have 92 floors. Besides the hotel, which will be on the lower levels, it will hold a spa, restaurant and condos.

The soft opening of the hotel was originally set for December 3, but was pushed back because getting a city occupancy permit took longer thane expected. Work on the rest of the tower continues.

"The vision truly is modern luxury," said Colm O'Callaghan, vice president and managing director of Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago.

O'Callaghan said the group started planning the building eight years ago when Donald Trump wanted it to be the tallest in the world. Those plans changed after September Eleventh. When completed, the Trump Tower will be the second tallest in the city. However, Trump's famous tastes for the biggest and the best were not compromised.

"The suites and the rooms in this hotel will be bigger than anything else in the city. We'll have amenities that nobody else has-- fireplace, kitchens," said O'Callaghan.

Amenities include kitchens with granite countertops and a living room space with plasma TVs. Spa bathrooms have a TVin the mirror and the spacious bedrooms boast luxurious linens. The 5-star luxury will cost you between $500 and $2,600 dollars a night.

The luxury condos, which are still under construction, start at $600,000. Chuck Sturm bought one and admits the Trump mystique played a big part in his decision.

"That's the thing you're buying. Whatever he lends his name to, it seems like it takes off," said Sturm.

The staff said the trump tower will be great addition to Chicago's skyline.

"I think this will become one of the truly iconic buildings in Chicago and it's just so exciting to finally invite people in and show the space off ," said O'Callaghan.

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