By hook or by crook, Trump is moving to DC.
On September 12th, the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC — a buzzy $200 million redevelopment of DC’s historic Old Post Office — will open at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, literally blocks away from the White House. At the helm? Superwoman Ivanka Trump.
With all the other publicity (you know what we mean), it’s easy to forget that Ivanka is executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization. But in between being the ultimate wife, mom, and daughter, running a successful fashion, accessories and jewelry line, and fishing, gardening, and baking with her three kids, she’s also the original member of the #WomenWhoWork tribe — and the Trump International Hotel Washington, DC is her latest pet project.
The $200 million Trump International Hotel Washington, DC is receiving a ton of buzz, both for obvious reasons — as Donald Trump literally inches closer to the White House — and because the 1899 Old Post Office building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Unlike other Trump Organization projects, which have tended to take over and stamp on their own personality (um, sound familiar?), Trump International Hotel Washington, DC plans to retain its character, flavor, and historical elements, making it a serious, but seriously welcome, departure for the brand.
As with everything Trump, bigger is better. The 263-room luxury hotel has the largest suite in Washington — called the Trump Townhouse, it’s a 6,300-square-foot presidential suite with a private Pennsylvania Avenue entrance — plus DC’s largest ballroom, a nine-story atrium called the Grand Lobby, and a library named for Abraham Lincoln.
On the hotel’s website, Ivanka — who is in charge of the hotel’s design — promises “a level of luxury previously unseen in this market.” It also bills itself as kid friendly and pet friendly, and will feature a brand of the creatively named spa, The Spa by Ivanka Trump.
Its featured restaurant will be contemporary steakhouse BLT Prime by David Burke, although it’s not receiving as much attention as the two restaurateurs who aren’t there. Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Spanish-born José Andrés, DC’s most celebrated chef, are both embroiled in lawsuits with Trump after each backed out of the hotel in 2015 following Donald Trump’s controversial anti-immigration comments. The lawsuits are still ongoing.
On the positive side, its towering clock tower — with an observation deck offering panoramic views — is not only beautiful but is also the second-highest point in DC after the Washington Monument. Inside, the tower holds The Bells of Congress (replicas of those at Westminster Abbey in London), which were given to the US as a Bicentennial gift in 1976.
Now the domain of Trump, the 315-foot-tall tower can be seen from all over the city — including, yes, from the White House.
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