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A Hotel Fit for a President – Trump?

Even if Donald Trump doesn’t win the U.S. presidential election he will be in Washington, D.C., come November.

Located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, just down the street from the White House, Donald Trump’s new $200 million luxury hotel is set to open next month, September 12th, 2016 – two months before Americans head to the polls to elect a new president. After the 45th president is sworn in on Inauguration Day next January, his or her motorcade will pass Trump’s hotel  on the way to the White House.

The Trump Organization has been converting Washington’s iconic Old Post Office Pavilion, with its soaring clock tower, as part of a nine-figure project to make way for the newest Trump International Hotel into a luxury 263-room hotel. Built in 1899, the Old Post Office tower is the second-tallest building in Washington with a height of 315ft.

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The 315ft Romanesque-style building features a clock tower and at the 270ft level of the tower, just above a large clock, there is an observation deck that offers stunning panoramic views of Washington’s landmarks.

Mr Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, has been spearheading the project. She said the U.S. General Services Administration—which owns the landmark building and is leasing it to the Trump Organization for 140 years—said the $200 million project had to be completed by August 2018. After the ground-breaking ceremony in July 2014, Trump said in a statement it would be completed by November 2016. The Trump Organization will retain control of the clock tower and public tours.

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The new Trump International Hotel will boast a spacious lobby, where a nine-story atrium is ringed by 14-foot wide corridors.

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A new addition to the 19th-century building is the Presidential Ballroom. The 13,200 square foot column-free space will be the largest ballroom in the capital, designed for international meetings or city galas for VIPs.

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The hotel features a signature suite fit for a president – Trump? Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., has three presidential suites, including the 6,300 square foot Trump Townhouse. Nearly eight times the size of the Oval Office, the 6,300 square foot Trump Townhouse will be the largest suite in Washington and one of the largest in the US.

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Front entrance

Guests will enter via a private door on Pennsylvania Avenue and enjoy a two-bedroom suite with a 20-seat dining room, 600 square foot living room, six-fixture bath and gym.

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The hotel’s second-largest presidential suite, at 3,500 square feet, is in the former offices of the Postmaster General.

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Pictured: King guest room with a view of the Washington Monument

The guest rooms have 14 to 16ft tall ceilings, wood furnishings and crystal chandeliers. The guest rooms will retain the original solid wood doors, large windows, wainscoting and wall panelling, with an American design aesthetic that boasts federal blues, ivories, soft gold accents and deep red.

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The Lincoln Library

There will also be several restaurants, bars, a library named after President Abraham Lincoln, a spa and fitness centre. The Lincoln Library will have a soaring 25ft ceiling, high arched windows, ornate columns, hardwood floors and glass-front bookcases.

“When completed, this will be 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.” -Donald J. Trump

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While it’s being touted as a hotel that will vie for the title of Washington’s most luxurious, the project has had its share of controversy. Preservationists criticised the plans because they feared the building would lose its historical integrity.

Trump has filed against two restaurant owners. The owners decided not to set up shop in the new hotel after Trump lashed out about Mexican immigrants in 2015. Last year, celebrity chef Jose Andres, a Spanish immigrant, backed out of plans to open a flagship restaurant – sparking a court battle – after Trump made controversial remarks about immigrants.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is also suing Washington, D.C. over the tax bill he owes on the Trump Hotel. Trump wants taxes on the Old Post Office Pavilion lowered.

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Mickael Damelincourt, the hotel’s managing director, said Trump Hotel Collection’s D.C. location already has ‘a significant number’ of events confirmed for 2016. Trump Hotel Collection already manages luxury hotels in cities such as New York, Las Vegas and Waikiki, with plans to open new locations in Vancouver and Rio de Janeiro.

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