The new owners planned to remove the Trump name from the facade and rebrand the hotel a Waldorf Astoria. Workers were seen removing signage from the hotel Wednesday night. The Associated Press reported earlier this year that the group of investors includes former Yankee slugger Alexander Rodriguez. Many hotel brokers, owners and consultants did not expect the 263-room hotel down the street from the White House to fetch such a high price.
The lease to Donald Trump’s family company’s Washington, D.C. hotel, which served as a symbol of his power to GOP politicians who gathered there and of corruption to his critics, has been sold to a Miami-based investor fund. The Trump Organization said on Wednesday that it has completed the sale of a long-term lease of the Trump International Hotel to CGI Merchant Group of Miami for a record per-room fee in the city. According to sources close to the deal who requested anonymity to discuss the private transaction, the price was $375 million, giving the Trump family business a profit of up to $100 million.
The hotel lost more than $70 milllion during the four years of Trump’s presidency, including in each year before pandemic shut downs. The high price, equivalent to more than $1.4 million a room, has drawn scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers. The U.S. House Oversight Committee earlier this month requested documents from CGI listing all of its investors.
The hotel was a magnet for lobbyists, diplomats and others seeking to curry favor with the president. Democrats said it it sullied the reputation the presidency, pitted his financial interest against public interest and possibly broke the law. Several lawsuits challenging his ownership of the lease were unsuccessful.
The hotel is the former Old Post Office building, and its still formally owned by the federal government. The Trump Organization won rights to fix up the building and run it as a hotel in exchange for paying the government annual rent and a cut of profit upon a sale.
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