This Monday, Donald Trump’s new Washington, D.C. hotel hosted a "soft opening," opening its doors to the public. The Trump International Hotel, located in the Old Post Office Pavilion, features 263 rooms, 35 suites, and a 13,2000-square-foot, three-room Presidential Ballroom. For those in need of a new suit or a tailor, there is also a Brioni on site.
Room prices start at $945. For the Presidential Suite, the cost comes to $15,000 per night. Finally, for the "Trump Towhouse," a 6,300-square-foot, bi-level apartment, the price is $20,000 per night.
On the day of the event, there was a group of protestors with signs that said phrases like, "Dump the Trump!" and "Trumpty Dumpty." Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol-Gutiérrez was one of the speakers. Despite the demonstration, the lobby of the hotel was still packed with people who were sipping drinks at the bar, enjoying a pastry atop a Washington Post issue, or taking selfies.
Managing Director Mickael Damelincourt said that there are currently 220 employees on the site, but over time there are expected to be around 500. He also emphasized that the redevelopment blended the old with the new. Post office letter boxes and old radiators continue to be see inside along with the building’s original marble flooring.
Being a "soft opening," there is still some work that needs to be done before the $200 million project is completely finished. From the outside, there was still some mulching needed. The Presidential Ballroom still has a few chandeliers that are planned to be placed. In a few hallways, there was also evidence of some wood paneling that needed to be installed. The official opening is slated for October.
On the day of the event, Curbed DC took a tour of the hotel. To see it, look below.