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 late 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 — now home to a BLT Prime restaurant and Benjamin Bar and Lounge, named after Ben Franklin, our first postmaster general — with natural light.
At once intimate and grand, the Washington, D.C., hotel also offers a spa by Ivanka Trump; luxurious velvet, marble and gilded finishes; and high-touch service beloved by well-heeled travelers and business groups alike.
• The 10,000-square-foot Ivanka Trump-branded spa 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 salt room, designed to detoxify and restore the body.
• The massive three-bedroom Trump Townhouse is impressive, but we prefer the Presidential Suite, which provides perks for security-conscious VIPs, including bulletproof glass, windows bordering a secure government building and a kitchen with a discreet separate entrance. The grand four-poster in the center of the bedroom and the commode overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue don’t hurt, either.
• See and be seen at Benjamin Bar and Lounge, which is popular with locals during the day. Sample rare finds by the spoonful — you can try one-ounce pours of rare wines and spirits served in a Hungarian crystal spoon.
• The hotel features a giant working bell tower modeled from those at Westminster Abbey, which houses the Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift to the U.S. from the Ditchley Foundation in England. Enjoy tours of the bell tower from National Park Service rangers and hear the bells live on Thursday evenings and special occasions.
• The D.C. hotel features just one store, a boutique from luxury Italian line Brioni that is known for its made-to-measure suits. The tiny 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 actual car entrance is tucked away on 12th Street, intentionally designed to allow VIPs to easily slip in and out of the building without attracting commotion on the street.
• One of the most Insta-worthy locations in the city is in the hotel’s ballroom, which has a stunning gallery wall of cherry blossom art.
• 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 predates the hotel, so it can’t be removed.
• 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 headboards 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 tiny curved cupola nooks, for a desk or small seating area with a vista.
• Luxurious bathrooms have six-foot tubs, wood vanities with rich marble tops, and polished brass hardware.
• The luxury hotel is well-positioned halfway between the White House and Capitol Hill, allowing for convenient access to historic buildings and museums alike.
• The newest museum on the National Mall, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is so popular that it offers timed passes only — be sure to book in advance.
• Spot iconic American items, such as the Hope Diamond, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and first lady dresses worn to inaugural balls, at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
• 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 the popular Smithsonian American Art Museum or the National Portrait Gallery in Penn Quarter.