Monday, November 7, 2011

Waldorf Astoria Wants to Move In at the Old Post Office

We've been reporting for almost a year now that there have been plans in the works for a luxury hotel to move into the Old Post Office space.  Today, Jonathan O'Connell at the Washington Post reports that Hilton has proposed to convert the 112-year-old Old Post Office into a 245-room Waldorf Astoria with 4 restaurants and luxury shops.  Hilton joined with Metropolitan Partnership on the proposal - the same group that brought luxe stores such as Tiffany & Co. to Tyson's and Chevy Chase.  Metropolitan Partnership isn't new to Penn Quarter though - they had a hand in the old Evening Star building at 1101 Pennsylvania.

The Old Post Office building was deemed "underutilized" by the federal government, and the GSA began collecting proposals for the space back in March -- and has gotten quite a few from hotel heavyweights like Trump Hotel and the JBG Companies.  Regardless, Christopher J. Nassetta, Hilton's CEO, said he was "absolutely committed" to bringing the Waldorf brand to DC.

The GSA will make their final determination in just ten days, on November 17th.  We'll let you know who our new neighbors will be then!

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