A contemporary twist on a D.C. landmark
263 Rooms / 35 Suites
Perfectly poised between Capitol Hill and the White House, Washington’s Old Post Office was once one of the city’s most important buildings — the postmaster general even had a seat in the president’s cabinet. In recent years, the building became office space and fell largely into disrepair before the Trump Organization opened the 263-room Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. there in September 2016.
The hotel maintains much of its historic feel, thanks to 16-foot ceilings and period detailing like hardwood floors, original windows and doors. We love the massive skylight that floods the Grand Lobby with natural light. The area is the home to the hotel's signature eateries, BLT Prime by David Burke and Benjamin Bar & Lounge, named after Ben Franklin, our first postmaster general.
At once intimate and grand, the Washington, D.C., hotel also offers a Spa by Ivanka Trump. The property's luxurious velvet, marble and gilded finishes, and high-touch service are beloved by well-heeled travelers and business groups alike.
• The 10,000-square-foot Spa by Ivanka Trump and fitness center is located in what was once the post office’s mailroom, and still boasts the original curved ceilings where carts full of mail were loaded in from the nearby train tracks. Book the couple’s suite to enjoy access to a private sitting area and Washington D.C.'s only Himalayan Salt Chamber, designed to detoxify and restore the body.
• The massive bi-level Trump Townhouse is impressive and suited for a long-term stay, but we prefer the Presidential Suite, which is three times the size of the Oval Office, because it provides perks for security-conscious VIPs, including windows bordering a secure government building and a kitchen with a discreet separate entrance. The grand four-poster in the center of the bedroom, private fitness room and oversized shower are added bonuses.
• See and be seen at Benjamin Bar & Lounge, which is popular with locals and visitors alike. With continuous food and beverage presentations, you may enjoy a morning pastry by Fabrice, the hotel’s French pastry chef, taste international and local charcuterie and cheese trays, sample rare wines and indulge in a decadent dessert display into the evening.
• The hotel features a giant working clock tower which houses the Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift to the U.S. from the Ditchley Foundation in England are modeled after those at Westminster Abbey. Enjoy tours of the clock tower led by National Park Service rangers and hear the bells live on Thursday evenings and special occasions.
• The D.C. hotel features a boutique from luxury Italian line Brioni that is known for its made-to-measure suits. The intimate location just off the lobby, a first in the city for the Italian suit maker, sells more than nearly any other of the brand’s stores in the country.
Things to Know
• While the property is located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, the main entrance is located on 11th Street, intentionally designed for easy access to the building away from the traffic of Pennsylvania Avenue.
• One of the most Insta-worthy locations in the city is in the historic Franklin Study, which has a stunning gallery walls of cherry blossom art and access to the outdoor Benjamin Terrace.
• Speaking of art, the massive lobby installation, which looks like hanging sheets of white cloth, was inspired by stamps, a nod to the building’s post office history. It is a permanent installation in the government-owned building that was installed in 1979.
• With 14- to 16-foot ceilings, the hotel’s guest rooms and 35 suites retain the charm of a historic building, from the original wainscoting to period-accurate details like federal blue velvet paneling and brass fixtures. Even the massive wooden doors are original.
• Oversized windows allow for ample natural light, but we love the electronic blackout drapes for a good night’s rest.
• Many rooms offer views of downtown D.C., but ask for one of the corner suites, with its curved turrets, for a desk or small seating area with a view.
• Luxurious bathrooms have six-foot tubs, wood vanities with rich marble tops, and polished brass hardware.
• The luxury hotel is well-positioned in the center of the city, allowing for convenient access to historic buildings and sightseeing attractions.
• The hotel sits adjacent to the National Mall and popular Smithsonian Museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is so popular that it offers timed passes only — be sure to book in advance. The nearby Museum of the Bible opens in late 2017.
• Experience more than 30 luxury retail stores and restaurants at CityCenterDC, a short walk north of the Trump Hotel.
• The location allows for easy exploration of the city via Metro; hop the nearby Federal Triangle station to sites like Arlington National Cemetery, scenic Old Town Alexandria or Bethesda, Maryland.