Just a five blocks away from President Donald Trump’s residence sits one of his homes away from home, the Trump International Hotel. Located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue North West, the Trump Organization leased land that used to house the Old Post Office and turned it into one of Washington’s top luxury hotels.
GV Wire had an exclusive tour of Trump International Hotel Washington D.C. Managing Director Mickael C. Damelincourt served as our tour guide. He showed us what a $200 million dollar renovation project pays for. The Trump Organization leased the Old Post Office from the federal government and turned it into its signature brand of luxury hotels. It opened September 2016.
The lobby benefits from natural sunlight as it is set in the middle of the hotel’s atrium. The teal-colored couches and chairs serve as a waiting area and a place to enjoy drinks from the Benjamin Bar and Lounge along the wall.
Another striking feature is the humungous American flag, spanning six stories tall. Damelincourt says that it was initially installed for the inauguration of Trump. But, it received such positive feedback, it has remained.
Daniel Mahdavian is the hotel’s Director of Food & Beverage. He also has a special talent: opening champagne bottles with a sabre. It is part show and part marketing to sell high end champagne. Daniel showed GV Wire the technique before pouring us a glass of Jacquart.
$12,000 Bottle of Scotch
If fancy champagne isn’t your style, the Trump Hotel also has an exclusive tasting room for scotch whiskey. Called The Macallan Room, connoisseurs of high end scotch can enjoy one of the most exclusive bottles of The Macallan M for $12,000 or $650 per ounce. There are more affordable options available as well. Mahdavian says the best food to pair with the spirit is bacon.
What’s the most exclusive room at the hotel? It’s not the penthouse, but on the ground floor. Michael gave us a tour of the 6,300 square-foot town home, located on the first floor on the Pennsylvania Avenue side. It rents for $25,000 a night. It is two stories, complete with its own dining room, gym and separate entrance from the street.
Finally, we went up the elevator for a look from above on the fifth floor. The 16-foot wide hallways and ceiling heights are larger than a typical hotel. But of course, this is no typical hotel.
Damelincourt does make one revelation: Although dining at the hotel since he took office, the president has not stayed at the Presidential Suite.
Photographer: Antonella Ciancio
Editor: Roe Borunda