Hilton throws in hat on historic DC building

Hilton Worldwide, McLean, Virginia, has submitted a proposal to turn the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C., into a 245-room Waldorf Astoria hotel.

The Old Post Office Pavilion dates from the 1890s and is located in downtown Washington, near the U.S. Capitol building and the White House. The building is being put up for sale by the General Services Administration, a federal agency, which has been soliciting proposals since March. Trump Hotel Collection, a luxury hotel brand ran by New York real estate mogul Donald Trump’s Trump Organization, has submitted a proposal to turn the building into a luxury hotel.

In addition to the guestrooms, Hilton proposes adding retail outlets, a spa, a 28,000 sq ft (2,601 sq m) fitness center, four restaurants and 17,000 sq ft (1,579 sq m) of function and ballroom space to the building.

“Our project for a revitalized Old Post Office building will encourage the flow of tourism, further economic vitality and bring new jobs to Washington, D.C., while preserving this historic building for future generations,” said John Vanderslice, global head luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton. “Our brand has a passion and a reputation for operating in iconic locations around the world and the Old Post Office building is well-aligned with our portfolio of unique properties in the most desired destinations.”