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DC’s Trump Hotel Is Officially Four Years Old Today

A look back at the stories from the property's early days

Trump hotel photograph by Evy Mages

Four years ago today—just over a week before winning the 2016 election—Donald Trump cut the ribbon of his Pennsylvania Avenue hotel with a pair of giant golden scissors. In the years since, the property has become the hotspot for the his political supporters and a hotbed for political profiteering controversy. Here’s a look back through our archives at moments from the hotel’s early days you’ve probably forgotten all about:

  • That time José Andrés was supposed to open a fine-dining restaurant in the Trump hotel.
  • That time Andrés pulled out of the hotel for Trump’s remarks about immigrants, and the Trumps sued him for $10 million.
  • That time a dead bird got stuck in one of the antique mail chutes off the hotel’s atrium.
  • That time the hotel charged $33,000 for its presidential suite on election night 2016.
  • That time “America” was spelled incorrectly on the hotel menu.
  • That time the lobby bar jacked up its cocktail prices several weeks after opening.
  • That time the lobby bar raised its prices AGAIN so that the cheapest cocktail was $24. (It also added a $100 martini with oysters and caviar.)
  • That time the the Trump hotel introduced wine served by the spoonful… for up to $140 a sip.
  • The time we learned about “clothesline bacon.”
  • That time Politico reporter Daniel Lippman was turned away from a breakfast meeting at the hotel because “media is not allowed in this week in respect of the privacy of our guests.”
  • That time the Trump hotel was ranked the 37th best hotel in the DC-area.
  • That time the Trump hotel’s steakhouse was forced to limit operations because of “A Day Without Immigrants” protests in February 2017.
  • That time a row of “Don’s Johns” portable toilets were placed in front the hotel for the 2017 People’s Climate March and people had way too much fun making signs.
  • That time Cork Wine Bar sued the hotel for unfair competition.
  • That time artist Robin Bell projected “SHITHOLE” with poop emojis on the hotel.

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Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.