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The Trump hotel in Washington, DC, to be sold and rebranded as a Waldorf Astoria

March 27, 2022
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The Trump hotel in Washington, DC, to be sold and rebranded as a Waldorf Astoria
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This story has been updated with new information.

The U.S. government has approved a lease transfer for the city's most famous buildings, which currently house the Trump International Hotel.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Friday announced it is signing off on a proposed transfer of the lease of the Old Post Office building to CGI Hospitality Opportunity Fund. According to the GSA, the Florida-based company plans to work with Hilton on redeveloping the property into a Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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The Old Post Office, a Romanesque Revival building just a short walk from the White House in Washington, D.C., currently houses the Trump International Hotel. With 263 rooms, the hotel opened in 2016, coinciding with former President Donald Trump accepting the Republican Party's nomination to run for president. It was popular with Republicans visiting the city during his presidency. Visiting diplomats also visited the hotel, with thousands of room nights paid for by foreign governments, creating a controversial conflict of interest during former President Trump’s tenure.

The Trump Organization had been looking to sell the property since 2019. Back in November, TPG reported the company had planned to transfer the lease to the Miami-based investment company, CGI Hospitality Opportunity Fund, for $375 million.

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While Trump insisted the hotel has been profitable during his association with it, recently the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s investigation determined the property had instead lost some $70 million since 2016.

With the GSA's confirmation Friday that the lease transfer will be allowed to move forward, and that the property is set to become a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, this means the historic building will now be accessible to visitors wanting to stay at one of the most luxurious brands in the Hilton portfolio. It also means Hilton Honors members will have the opportunity to to stay at a renowned building, close to the White House using points. The hotel will also rival the nearby Conrad which opened in 2019.

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Regardless of ownership or branding, the property remains a D.C. landmark, being that it’s the tallest hotel and the second-tallest building in the city, second only to the Washington Monument.

Additional reporting by Sean Cudahy

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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