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

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."

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

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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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