First lady Michelle Obama is sparing no expense on her trip to Ireland, staying at a $3,300-per-night hotel suite in Dublin.
Irish press reports Monday said Mrs. Obama and her entourage have booked 30 rooms in the five-star Shelbourne hotel. The first lady is said to be staying in the Princess Grace Suite, named for the Hollywood film star and princess who had an attachment to the room.
The suite has two guest bedrooms, a living room and a dining area, according to the hotel’s website. There are four phones, three large televisions, bedding of 100 percent Egyptian cotton, a Nespresso machine and butler service.
The cost of the two-day trip in Ireland and Northern Ireland has been estimated at around $5 million. U.S. taxpayers pay the cost of the first family’s travel.
The Obama family also will travel to Germany, where President Obama is to give a speech on Wednesday.
At a time of sequestration budget cuts, the Obamas are coming under fire for their travel costs. The first family’s three-nation trip to Africa at the end of this month is expected to cost up to $100 million.
Mrs. Obama flew on Air Force One with the president and their daughters to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where Mr. Obama is attending the Group of Eight summit. But the first lady and the girls soon departed for Dublin, reportedly flying on Air Force Two to Ireland.
While in Ireland, Mrs. Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha will tour Trinity College and view archives pertaining to Mr. Obama’s ancestry. They also will visit with U.S. Embassy staff and attend a performance of the famed Irish dance show “Riverdance” at a historic theater.