October 26, 2016 marked the grand opening and ribbon ceremony at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. The hotel is housed inside the Old Post Office Pavilion, which dates back to 1899 and required $ 200 million in renovations. According to the Wall Street Journal, the building is owned by the federal government and has a nearly 100-year lease.
In addition to being known for its high price tags – a night in the presidential suite cost $ 15,000 – the hotel became a meeting place for conservative groups and Trump employees.
In 2019, The Washington Post reported that Attorney General William Barr booked the hotel for a private holiday party, which cost upwards of $ 30,000.
Despite its glamor, the hotel has lost millions in revenue since 2016, according to a review by the House Committee, and on Monday, The Journal reported that the family has agreed to sell the hotel for $ 375 million.
Continue reading for a look into the hotel and its controversial five-year life.
Earlier versions of this article were written by Sarah Jacobs and Libertina Brandt.