Trump Organization touts new hotel as best in D.C.

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The Cortile, a glass-enclosed atrium, will be the defining public area at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK — The Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., will feature a daily sabering of a champagne bottle, wine by the spoon, and the first Spa by Ivanka Trump. The 263-room hotel opens Sept. 12. 

Speaking to travel agents at the Trump Soho Hotel here earlier this month about the upcoming property, Ivanka and Eric Trump, both executive vice presidents of development and acquisitions for Trump Hotels, said the hotel, located in the city’s historic, 1889-built Old Post Office, would be a game-changer in D.C.

“Washington is a market that doesn’t have great hotel product, and that changes in September when we open the doors,” said Eric. “I think this will be one of the great hotels anywhere in the world.”

One of the more remarkable attributes of the hotel is that it’s slated to be ready a year ahead of schedule, “quite the rarity in our business,” Ivanka said.

Ivanka said she would reveal more details about her namesake 10,000 square-foot day spa in the coming weeks, and told Travel Weekly that it would offer something that “has not yet been done in the spa space.” Speaking about the accommodations, she said “to have the lowest room ceiling 16 feet and up to 24 feet is unparalleled.” The hotel will be home to Washington’s largest hotel suite, the 6,300-square-foot Trump Townhouse.

The hotel’s defining public area will be its glass-enclosed nine-story atrium, the Cortile, which features a 200-foot-high ceiling. Its bar will host a daily champagne bottle sabering and serve 17 different champagnes. 

“The Cortile is the centerpiece of the hotel and will have ongoing food and beverage service there at the OPO Bar & Lounge,” said Daniel Mahdavian, the director of food and beverage.

A cocktail mixologist, Mahdavian said he has been working with unusual ingredients for cocktails such as saffron and fresh ground garam masala. The hotel will also offer “wines by the spoon,” giving guests the opportunity to taste ounce-size samples of rare and expensive wine on a silver spoon.

“Beers are popular in Washington, and we will have local beers as well interesting ones like Belgium Trappist beer served in a goblet you can take home,” he said.

On the food front, head chef Oliver Beckert said that menus would focus on local offerings like Maryland blue crabs, Virginia swordfish, local Virginia and Maryland creameries for cheese, and wines from the Trump Winery in Charlottesville.

Eric said the hotel’s 1,500-person ballroom would be "the best meeting facility in Washington, D.C., and anywhere in the world.”

The Old Post Office is the tallest building in D.C. aside from the Washington Monument. The famed Bells of Congress are located in its tower, and Ivanka said guests would be able to ring them.

In 2012, Trump Hotels secured a long-term lease with the General Services Administration, the federal government agency that owns the Old Post Office, to develop the hotel at the landmark building.

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