by Matt Alderton | July 25, 2014
Donald Trump has broken ground on his newest hotel, Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., The Trump Organization announced this week.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) selected Trump Hotel Collection last year to re-develop the historic Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C., which dates back to 1899. Trump, who signed a 60-year lease with the federal government, plans to turn the building into a luxury hotel with 270 guest rooms, a nine-story atrium, a 4,000-square-foot spa and 36,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom that will be the largest among D.C. luxury hotels.

"We are absolutely thrilled to break ground today on what will be, in the very near future, one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world," Trump said in a statement. "Throughout the next two years, we will work to restore this magnificent building to even well beyond its original grandeur. The 270 guest rooms and suites, many with 16-foot ceilings, will be the largest of any luxury hotel in D.C. Likewise, our ballroom, meeting and event space will be the most luxurious of its kind on the East coast and our presidential suites will be the best worldwide. It is my intention to do something really special for our capital."

When it's complete in 2016 -- in time for the November presidential election -- Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., will include not only the hotel, but also a national attraction: the building's historic clock tower, which will remain open to the public and will continue to be managed by the National Park Service.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to redevelop one of this country's most historic buildings and we will spare no effort to ensure that the hotel, once completed, lives up to the legacy and integrity of this iconic landmark," said Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development for The Trump Organization. "Our commitment to historic preservation and long history of redeveloping landmark properties is reflected in our design approach, which is inspired by the legacy of this great structure and executed in a manner that captures the sophistication and luxury of our brand."