BuzzFeed headline says:

President Trump Apparently Couldn't Find A Hotel To Book For The G20 Summit

He is one of the most powerful people in the world. He is coming to the meeting of 20 powerful countries. And he has a problem: no hotel room for the G20.

It's widely reported by the press, but only quoting BuzzFeed as a source.

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    The US has a consulate in Hamburg ... perhaps they can find a spot for the President to sleep there ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 0:12
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    @GEdgar you're not far off, the news alleges that he's staying at Hamburg Senate Guest House, while his staff stays in the US Consulate.
    – vartec
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 0:17

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The "Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten" turned down President Trump in April, as reported by Hamburger Abendblatt (paywalled, secondary quotation e.g. on The Local and Spiegel Online.)

Apparently the contingents booked by the Auswärtiges Amt (Department of Foreign Affairs) were already allocated otherwise when the US request came in, indicating that the White House staff was a bit late on the ball.

On 9 June, Bild reported that the Hamburg Senate has offered President Trump a guest house as accomodation. (Adblocker-blocked, also secondary quote by The Local.)

Subsequent reports about President Trump at the G20 summit, like this one by the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, also mention Persident Trump staying at the Senate's guest house.

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    I'd call that partially true. If they were trying to book a hotel room in April, than they didn't forget; they were just late enough that their initial choice was booked, so they made alternate plans (still a month in advance). I'd say the answer to the question in the headline was false, while the question in the text is arguably true. They didn't find accommodations in a hotel. Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 16:11
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    @kbelder - I'd call it completely true. The G20 summit location was set back in February of 2016, and the logistics of how to set up for the group that is needed hasn't changed vs the previous 11 G20 summits. If they "waited" until April to look for accommodations, it's not by design, it's because they dropped the ball. Plus, if it was not an error, they wouldn't be trying to blame it on Obama. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4674154/… Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 17:05
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    We seem to have different definitions of "forget". Perhaps I should post a contrary answer based on the same facts?
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 7:44
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    @DevSolar - and, seriously, does anyone think the Trump administration would want to use accommodations booked by the Obama team? Also, the Obama administration had professionals at all levels of the bureaucracy ready to brief the incoming administration on priorities and mundane tasks that needed doing. Trump, in too many cases, either wasn't interested in their input, or didn't have people lined up to receive that information. Also, in that case, it is standard to ask people to stay on until a transition can be made. Trump instead told people to hit the road. Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 21:10
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    @JonathanReez - Why should Obama be blamed for Trump not attending to a matter for three months before he did? There's nothing to suggest that rooms were not available in January or February. "Make the arrangement on his own?" "his own?" Obama wasn't going there. Obama didn't select the number of staff, who they were, didn't have Trump's requirements for logistics. As I said, even if he did, it's doubtful Trump would have wanted him to, but everyone manages their "teams" differently. There's no reason to think how Obama would have manged it would match with how Trump wants to. Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 13:43

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