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Mr. Trump Goes to Washington, Releases Details on His Post Office Hotel

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September 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM | by | ()

We're sure that Ivanka doesn't have to carry her own purse but, hey, lady's got a handbag line to promote.

Donald Trump is finally getting his name on a Pennsylvania Avenue property. No, not the White House, but close: the Old Post Office.

Earlier this summer we told you that Trump had reached a 60-year lease agreement with the U.S. government allowing him to transform the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C into a luxury hotel.

Yesterday he and his daughter Ivanka, sons Eric and Donald Jr., D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and members of the D.C. Council came together in the Old Post Office to celebrate and dish the details of the $200 million redevelopment of the iconic building.

When the Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office opens, hopefully in late 2015, it will be the first luxury hotel to have been built in D.C in 15 years. Super luxe yet sensitive to the history of the 1889 building (which has survived two attempts to tear it down). "We promise not to disappoint you," said Ivanka, adding that her father "is no stranger to historic preservation, and understands challenges and responsibility of dealing with a building of this caliber."

While Ivanka led the press conference she was, as Holmes Norton pointed out, "no mere MC for this occasion: I have worked with her exclusively since Trump Hotels won the competition".

Donald seemed pretty confident in his daughter's capabilities, though couldn't let the moment pass without warning her, in the way only The Donald can: "You better do a good job or you're fired!

But enough about the man, what about the hotel?

In a characteristic show of modesty, Donald declared it would be "one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world." The Trumps have been working with architects Beyer Bedner Associates (partner Hany Hussein was present at the briefing), interior design consultants Hirsch Bedner Associates, and preservation associates John Cullinane & Associates to realize the proposed "American grandeur" design.

There will be 270 guest rooms averaging more than 600 square feet (which will make them the largest in D.C.). All rooms will have high ceilings of up to 16 feet, crystal sconces and chandeliers, thick wool carpets, six foot bathtubs, and a palette of Federal blues, creams, and ivories paired with silver and gold accents.

As well as the rooms, there will be two very snazzy three-bedroom Presidential Suites located in the former Postmaster General offices. Each suite will be more than 3,000 square feet, making them some of the largest in the country, and will have 16-foot ceilings, views of Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall, original fireplaces, wood doors, separate dining rooms, his-and-her walk-in closets, private saunas and steam rooms, VIP direct elevator access, saucy two-person showers and, bullet-proof windows.

"We have juxtaposed the masculinity and stateliness of the building with softer furnishings" said Hirsch Bedner's Betsy Hughes, who was also in attendance.

The design team have also re-established 11th Street as the main arrival point with a "jewelbox-like" entrance to the 13,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom and have introduced a canopy at the entrance "while hardly touching the building at all" said Hussein.

Other hotel features will include a restaurant, a library a cortile with a water sculpture, and a 4,000-square-foot Mar-a-Lago Spa by Ivanka Trump. Handbags, hotels, shoes, spas ... lady is working it (and also eight months pregnant).

Although construction is not scheduled to begin until spring 2014, Donald revealed that his team are already working on restoring some of the windows, because "they needed painting quickly." Sounds like he is eager to get the ball rolling. "What I do best is build," he bragged. "Better than The Apprentice, better than politics."

And, not that we would have doubted it, but he also felt the need to confirm that he has the funds to do it: "Cost is no object, because if it was I wouldn't do it," he said. "There's easier ways to make a buck.'

[Photos of Donald and Ivanka: HotelChatter; hotel renderings: Trump Hotels]

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