The Trump International Hotel in D.C. Will Open in 2016 (If All Goes Well)
Donald Trump has finally scored big in the nation's capital. It's not the White House, but it's pretty damn close -- two blocks to be exact.
Last week, Trump reached a 60-year lease agreement with the U.S. government that will allow him to transform the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue into a 260-room luxury hotel. Currently, the building is used as Federal office space and its tenants are in the process of being relocated. If all goes according to plan, construction should begin in 2014 with a target opening of 2016. The property will be called Trump International Hotel, the Old Post Office, Washington, D.C.
Aside from its beautiful appearance, the best trait of the property might be its location between the National Mall and Capitol, which will attract both business and leisure travelers. The design plan calls for in-house restaurants, spa, conference facilities, and no shortage of penthouses and presidential suites. The all-glass annex inside the building will also be redeveloped, either into new retail stores or conference space.
While those things change, one of the main draws of the building will remain the same. The 315-foot-tall clock tower will continue to be operated by the National Park Service and will remain open to the public, allowing visitors to D.C. and non-guests the chance to climb and take in the 360-views. Trump also said that the historic features of the building will be preserved.
We get hotel plans and announcements all the time, but this one really has us juiced up. Say what you want about Trump, but there's no doubt that the Post Office Pavilion will instantly become one of the city's most coveted hotel stays upon its opening. We'll be sure to let you know when we hear more details, including room rates and when you can expect the property to begin taking reservations.
[Photos: Washington Post/cpexecutive.com]