A luxury hotel in Edinburgh has reportedly turned its wine cellar into a ‘nerve center’ for security agents as they welcome US President Joe Biden.
POTUS arrived in the capital with Air Force One ahead of the UN 2021 Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow on Monday.
The head of state lives at the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club on the outskirts of the city – with extra security measures in place, reports Edinburgh Live.
The hotel remains open to all guests, but those booked for a stay would have had a hard time missing out on the great security presence that arrived with more than a few changes to their standard service.
An insider told Edinburgh Live how the wine cellar, which usually holds hundreds of top bottles, has been temporarily converted into a makeshift nerve center that allows agents to monitor activity on the grounds and surrounding areas.
However, the various measures taken by the hotel are far from purely functional, and the managers also make sure that there were plenty of homely details to make the President’s stay enjoyable.
Hundreds of white hydrangeas, First Lady Jill’s favorite flower, were sent in to spruce up the interior before it was announced that she was withdrawing from the trip shortly after Queen Elizabeth II was advised to skip the conference for health reasons.
The president returns to the hotel, which boasts a lavish selection of rooms and suites, on Monday night after a special reception at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery, hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
According to the official schedule for the White House, it should start around 6:45 p.m.
Biden is expected to leave the hotel again between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Tuesday morning for the second session of the 12-day conference.
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