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Trump opens controversial D.C. hotel to public – for once, without much fanfare

  • Workers move around inside the Trump International Hotel during it's 'soft-opening' in downtown Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 in Washington. The luxury hotel Donald Trump has built in an iconic downtown Washington building is set to open. The Trump International Hotel will begin serving guests Monday. There won't be any fanfare around the opening, which is known as a "soft opening." Grand-opening ceremonies are being planned for October. The Trump Organization won a 60-year lease from the federal government to transform the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a hotel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Workers move around inside the Trump International Hotel during it's 'soft-opening' in downtown Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 in Washington. The luxury hotel Donald Trump has built in an iconic downtown Washington building is set to open. The Trump International Hotel will begin serving guests Monday. There won't be any fanfare around the opening, which is known as a "soft opening." Grand-opening ceremonies are being planned for October. The Trump Organization won a 60-year lease from the federal government to transform the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a hotel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (Associated Press Wash DC)

  • Workers vacuum furniture in the lobby at the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 in Washington. The luxury hotel Donald Trump has built in an iconic downtown Washington building is set to open. The Trump International Hotel will begin serving guests Monday. There won't be any fanfare around the opening, which is known as a "soft opening." Grand-opening ceremonies are being planned for October. The Trump Organization won a 60-year lease from the federal government to transform the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a hotel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Workers vacuum furniture in the lobby at the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 in Washington. The luxury hotel Donald Trump has built in an iconic downtown Washington building is set to open. The Trump International Hotel will begin serving guests Monday. There won't be any fanfare around the opening, which is known as a "soft opening." Grand-opening ceremonies are being planned for October. The Trump Organization won a 60-year lease from the federal government to transform the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a hotel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

  • 11th street lobby entrance to the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 in Washington. The luxury hotel Donald Trump has built in an iconic downtown Washington building is set to open. The Trump International Hotel will begin serving guests Monday. There won't be any fanfare around the opening, which is known as a "soft opening." Grand-opening ceremonies are being planned for October. The Trump Organization won a 60-year lease from the federal government to transform the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a hotel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    11th street lobby entrance to the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 in Washington. The luxury hotel Donald Trump has built in an iconic downtown Washington building is set to open. The Trump International Hotel will begin serving guests Monday. There won't be any fanfare around the opening, which is known as a "soft opening." Grand-opening ceremonies are being planned for October. The Trump Organization won a 60-year lease from the federal government to transform the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a hotel. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (Associated Press WashDC)

The luxury hotel that Donald Trump built in an iconic downtown Washington building has opened its doors to customers able to pay $900 a night or more for a room.

The Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., opened without fanfare Monday afternoon. Grand-opening ceremonies are being planned for October. Trump tweeted a photo of himself with the hotel staff but did not make a public appearance.

In the tweet, he thanked "all of the tremendous men and women for their hard work."

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Rooms at the hotel are starting at $895 a night.

The Trump Organization won a 60-year lease from the federal government to transform the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a hotel.

Monday's opening attracted some protesters who disagree with Trump's politics. Two well-known chefs backed out of plans to build restaurants at the hotel because of Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants, one of them the prominent Spanish-American restaurateur José Andrés, who is locked in a lawsuit and counter-suit with Trump over his decision to pull out of the International Hotel project.

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