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Celebrate the Cherry Blossoms the Trump Hotel Way

Photo of the Trump International Hotel by Jeff Elkins

Nothing says spring in Washington quite like the cherry blossom kitsch that’s seasonally appropriate for only three to four weeks out of the year. As luck has it, residents and tourists alike can adorn themselves in Sakura blossoms with a collaboration between the Trump International Hotel and “springtime.” Unfortunately, there are no “Fake Blooms!” hats.

Cherry Blossom Room Spray, $32

For a little over 30 bucks, you can douse your room (or yourself) in a scent “inspired by springtime days and cherry blossom.” Looks like the secret sauce contains cherry blossom flower, peach and vanilla. According to the website, this unique concoction of smells is “exclusive” to the Trump Hotel DC, so that Bath & Body Works spray you’ve had since 2007 won’t be a sufficient dupe. Maybe I should pick up a bottle or two for the White House basement—it’s a little musty down there.

Cherry Blossom Candle, $35

Have three more dollars to spare and want to smell like trees swaying gently in the spring morn? Trump Hotel has stuffed its signature scent into a candle. One candle packs up to 50 hours of burn time. That’s approximately 25 viewings of Trump’s CPAC speech or 1,000 viewings of Trump’s “Hotline Bling” parody from SNL.

Cherry Blossom Hydration Bottle with Lid, $16

When regular water won’t suffice, reach for the Trump branded “Cherry Blossom Hydration Bottle with Lid” and pour some Trump Ice Spring water (yes, that exists) into your glass to get the real spring experience. Never be a thirsty Liddle Marco again! I feel hydrated just looking at this.

Cherry Blossom Double Old Fashioned Glass, $30

Skip the water and head straight for the hard stuff  with the Cherry Blossom old fashioned glass. You get two here, so the price isn’t so bad. You’re going to need the extra cash for the downstairs lobby’s Benjamin Bar, where one cocktail without liquor costs $169.

Blossoming Tee, $30

This cherry blossom branch tee comes with a lightly proofread promise to “sure become your new favorite item.” It could become a staple for any wardrobe, the hotel says. Paired with a visor and Croakies, sure?

Cherry Blossom Tee, $30

If the v-neck is too plain, pop for the bright blue “Cherry Blossom Tee,” which features well-known monuments (hey, is that the hotel’s clock tower?) and some cherry blossom branches. This is the kind of shirt that screams “yes, I ran the Cherry Blossom 5K, but I’m still down to get brunch after.” (Get the same design on a gray sweatshirt for $15 more)

Cherry Blossom Youth Kite Tee, $22

Inspired by the annual Cherry Blossom Festival kite event, this kid’s tee is actually quite cute. It’s unisex, and probably something I would buy in an itty-bitty size for my Shih Tzus. Maybe you can buy it and cut off the sleeves and wear it to Orange Theory? The youth kite tee is also one of the only items not overly adorned in tree petals. The Trump branding here is also subtle.

Cherry Blossom Tumbler, $18

For the MAGA lover who finds most bottles neither lib-owning nor coffee-friendly enough, I introduce the Cherry Blossom Tumbler. The tumbler comes with a choice of dark blue, pink, and white lids. Trump Hotel calls it the “ultimate collector’s item.” Well, I can think of an item that would give it a run for its money! But the cup seems designed to do a decent job of keeping warm things warm—and at under $20, it’s not too badly priced.

Cherry Blossom Jumbo Mug, $16

More of a mug person? Save two bucks and get the “jumbo mug,” which indeed holds 20 ounces of your preferred libation. I’m thinking a mojito, but I guess you could fill this with coffee or water,  too. If you’re staying at the hotel, use the mug to smuggle up the complementary nuts and jelly beans from the lobby. Just don’t tell hotel staff I sent you.

Cherry Blossom Bar Soap Set, $22

Hotel bar soaps are generally bad. I’ve almost always found them drying, overperfumed, and underwhelming. But at least this set has illustrations of the Capitol, White House, and Lincoln Memorial on the packaging? The hotel’s “luxurious vegetable soap” may be great for someone who wants a taste of what it’s like to stay at the hotel but isn’t quite prepared to shell out upward of $500 a night.

Cherry Blossom Ball Ornament, $60

Here’s where things get weirdly pricey. The Trump Hotel lets you immortalize the Old Post Office building surrounded by cherry trees in a mouth blown Christmas ornament for the stiff price of $60.   “These angelic, soft-pink flowers are sure bring a sense of renewal and lavish spectacle to one’s home this holiday season,” the listing (sort of) reads. I’m going to need a couple swigs from my Cherry Blossom Old Fashioned glasses to convince me to buy this one.

Staff Writer

Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.