National Report – Big wins are hard to come by in Washington, D.C.—whether for Congress or the Washington Redskins. But one person who has been able to successfully navigate through its red tape and bureaucracy and score big is Donald Trump.
Back in 2012, The Donald’s Trump Organization was selected by the General Services Administration (GSA) to redevelop the Old Post Office building and annex located in downtown Washington, D.C. At the time, the GSA said that redeveloping the historic property, which opened in 1899 and was used as the city’s main post office until 1914, “represented a significant step in turning this underused Federal property into a mixed-use development that will serve the D.C. community and save money for the Federal Government.”
WHAT WE KNOW
The Trump Organization is leasing the property from the GSA with a $200-million cost to convert it to the 270-room Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office, Washington, D.C. A source told Hotel Management that The Trump Organization is providing 100 percent of the equity for the project, which broke ground in late July with a goal to open in 2016.
Further news on the project came forward in September of last year. The hotel’s design pays homage to America’s European heritage and its references to Romanesque elements, but from a uniquely American perspective. In the 18 months since Trump was selected by the GSA as developer of the landmark, Donald and Ivanka Trump have been working alongside architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle, interior design consultant HBA and historic advisor and preservation specialist John Cullinane & Associates to realize the design of the hotel. HBA’s Betsy Hughes is instrumental in designing the public areas, guestrooms and conference facilities.
➔ $200 million
Cost to convert the Old Post Office in D.C. to a 270-room hotel.
Source: The Trump Organization
Early reports are that rooms will be on average 600 square feet, larger than some housing under construction in the city. Two presidential suites located in the former offices of the Postmaster General will be much larger, at 3,500 and 5,000 feet. There are plans for a 13,000-square-foot grand ballroom as well as a spa, fitness center and restaurants.
“This project is about the past meeting the future in a seamless pairing that will result in a level of luxury previously unseen in this market,” said Ivanka Trump.
In a bravado that is inimitably Donald Trump, the elder Trump said of the project, “Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., will be, when completed, one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world. The building itself, which is totally irreplaceable, is going to be brought back to far beyond its original grandeur. People of this country will be particularly proud of the new ballroom—it will be large and magnificent. With carefully articulated luxury features and amenities, an unrivaled location on ‘America’s Main Street’ and iconic architectural character, it will be unlike any other hotel in the market today. It will be a building of which our whole nation will be very proud.”
Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Here are some details The Trump Organization has put forth regarding the project.
Broad, 15-foot-wide corridors with stone floors will ring the perimeter of the towering nine-story atrium, granting access to the 270 guestrooms and retaining the original wood doors, wainscoting and detailed wall paneling. The transitional design will feature a palette of Federal blues, creams and ivories, paired with soft gold and silver accents, and punctuated with deep red. The American design aesthetic will be expressed through the use of thick wool carpets, stone tops and richly polished wood furnishings. Mirror elements will reflect the rooms’ natural light. Expansive bathrooms will feature six-foot tubs, wood vanities with rich marble tops, and polished brass hardware. In addition, two Presidential Suites will be located in the historic former offices of the Postmaster General.
Meetings & Events
The hotel will offer a total of 39,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The 13,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom promises classical motifs with European influences. The Library will have a 25-foot coffered ceiling, high-arched windows, ornate columns, intricate millwork, hardwood floors, velvet draperies and hand-woven area rugs. Also included will be glass-front bookcases along the walls.