Donald Trump plans to build a new luxury hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion. The historic building, one of the tallest in the District, was erected in 1889 and is owned by the federal government. Its location at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol, has been coveted by developers for years.
Trump plans to spend $200 million to preserve the historic exterior facade while transforming the building into Trump International Hotel, Old Post Office, Washington, DC -- a 261-room destination hotel with conference facilities, a spa, and three restaurants. He will target guests at the highest end of the market, who currently rent rooms at about $700 per night.
The new hotel will also provide a revenue stream for the federal government during the 60-year lease. Currently, the Old Post Office Pavilion loses over $6 million each year and is in disrepair.
The Old Post Office allows visitors free access to panoramic views of the city from the Clock Tower 315 feet in the air. Currently, Clock Tower tours are led by National Park Service Rangers each day. Trump plans to continue to allow public access to the tower by creating a dedicated public entrance along with a museum.
The building behind the Post Office will become a ballroom. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, said that it will be the largest luxury hotel ballroom in the United States. The Trumps expect that the combination of high-end finishes, a grand atrium, and the massive ballroom will be in high demand for events.
If the negotiations between Trump and the government proceed as planned, redevelopment will start in 2014 with the hotel opening by the end of 2015. Be on the lookout for construction of a new new luxury hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion.