President Obama arrived in Las Vegas Sunday for three days of last-minute debate prep against his Republican rival Mitt Romney, choosing to stay at the luxurious Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson for the job, ABC News reports.
A little over two years after he told Americans not to go to Vegas during tough economic times and to "tighten" their belts instead, the White House pool report notes the president has jetted off to the resort that's "a strange mix of desert sand pits, green lawns, palm trees and new homes."
"We passed a replica of the Ponte Vecchio and some luxurious lakeside estates, also unfinished lots and a browning golf course. The president's hotel has a Middle Eastern theme and a view of the lake from the lobby," the description continues, according to Business Insider.
The nightly rate for the most expensive room at this time is $860.88 after taxes and fees, though it may have been less expensive when the reservations were booked. It has not been reported how many rooms the Obama campaign reserved, but the least expensive room at this time is $300.88 per night after taxes and fees.
So what does a hotel with a "strange mix of desert sand pits" and a "Middle Eastern theme" look like? Here are some photos from the hotel's website:
UPDATE: Pajamas Media contributor, known as "Zombie," says the White House Pool report that says the hotel has a "Middle Eastern theme" is wrong:
Actually, that White House Pool report is inaccurate: Obama’s new hotel doesn’t have a Middle Eastern theme, but rather a North African Muslim theme, with an emphasis on Morocco. From the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa home page click on “Overview” -> “View Hotel Map” to access this detailed pdf of the hotel floorplan, which reveals that just about everything in the hotel or on the grounds is named after North African, Islamic and/or Moroccan places and themes. Here’s the main part of the hotel grounds:
To read Zombie's full analysis, click here.