DONALD TRUMP OPENS NEW HOTEL CLOSE TO THE WHITE HOUSE

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Trump International Hotel – a retreat fit for a president? Donald Trump’s new $200 million hotel in Washington, D.C., boasts a 6,300 square foot luxury suite bearing his name (and it will open two months before the U.S. presidential election) . . .

Located a few blocks from the White House, Trump International Hotel will occupy the Old Post Office Pavilion.

Its signature room is the two-bedroom Trump Townhouse, which will be the largest suite in the capital. 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. 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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Photo: Donald Trump, GOP Republican Presidential Nominee

Hotel will also include the 13,200 square foot Presidential Ballroom, restaurants, bars, a spa and fitness centre. There will also be several restaurants, bars, a library named for President Abraham Lincoln, a spa and fitness centre.

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Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, will have an address on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC whether or not he wins the November 8 presidential election, after his new super-luxury hotel opened on Monday, steps from the White House. Not everyone was applauding his name in large gold-colored letters adorning the 263-room, $212 million Trump International Hotel glinting in the bright morning sun.

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The Lincoln Library will have a soaring 25ft ceiling, high arched windows, ornate columns, hardwood floors and glass-front bookcases

A crowd of protesters gathered to direct invectives toward the Republican presidential candidate’s redevelopment of the capital’s century-old landmark Old Post Office building into one of the city’s most expensive hotels.

The formal opening is set to take place next month days before the election. But the brash billionaire was there Monday morning, showing up for an unannounced visit ahead of the “soft” opening later in the afternoon.

Avoiding the demonstrators, he smiled with thumbs up for a group photograph with employees underneath a massive crystal chandelier hanging in the hotel’s nine-story atrium. “Stopped by @TrumpDC to thank all of the tremendous men & women for their hard work!” Trump tweeted.

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Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., has three presidential suites, including the 6,300 square foot Trump Townhouse

The mood was very different on the sidewalk in front of the 1899 building with its clock tower. The hotel, six blocks from the White House on the same street that leads to the Capitol building, measures 315 feet (96 meters), making it one of the tallest buildings in Washington, a city famous for its lowrise skyline. “This luxury hotel is not welcome in this city where we have 40,000 people on the wait list to get affordable housing,” said Martha Neuman of the women’s peace group CODEPINK. “This hotel represents the oppression of the working class.”

– Shocking luxury? –

Protesters said they were outraged by the extravagance and ostentatiousness of Trump’s hotel palace, with rooms containing four-poster beds, a bar that serves wine by the spoonful and champagne from bottles slashed open by sword.

The cheapest room costs $700 a night, the New York Times reported, while the 6,500 square-foot (600 square-meter) “Trump Townhouse” suite — featuring a dining room that can host 24 people — goes for $18,750. That’s virtually nothing compared to the $100,000 a night it will cost to book rooms — which come with a private entrance — during inauguration weekend, when a reservation will require a five-night minimum stay.

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An exquisite luxury bedroom

Washington almost demolished the building in the 1920s and again in the 1970s, after which it endured several failed redevelopment projects. But many residents in his Democratic Party stronghold are unhappy Trump won the contract to re-purpose the Old Post Office building and lease it for 60 years.

That was in 2012, well before the New York real estate tycoon launched his successful campaign to win the Republican Party nomination with insults against Hispanic immigrants and Muslims.

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The 13,200 square foot Presidential Ballroom will be the largest ballroom in the capital, designed for large meetings or city galas for VIPs

His provocative statements prompted celebrity chefs Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian to pull out of a deal to launch a restaurant in the hotel.

The Trump Organization has sued both men, in a sign that — win or lose in November — the candidate will continue to court controversy after his campaign is over.

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Photos . Credit: Daily Mail UK . Travel

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