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Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC (slated for a September opening) is taking over the historic Old Post Office. Check out a few renderings of what we can expect come September. (Image: Carol M. Highsmith)

3 soon-to-open hotels worthy of your next staycation

We love a vacation as much as the next person, but sometimes a night away is just what the doctor ordered. These soon-to-open D.C. hotels are the perfect excuse to get away from it all, play tourist in your own city and plan an indulgent night on the town, followed by an equally indulgent breakfast in bed.

Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Trump is heading to Pennsylvania Ave (though not his desired 1600 location) and it's going to be huuuuge. Slated for September opening (more than two years ahead of schedule!), Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC, located in the historic Old Post Office, promises features so grand that it's no wonder it bears the Trump name. Workers have been feverishly restoring the building to its former glory, updating intricate stonework, original wood milling and paneling to complement new, contemporary interiors designed by Ivanka Trump. Standing at 263 rooms, the hotel promises to have the city's largest ballroom, as well as the Trump Townhouse, their version of a Presidential Suite, which will also be the city's largest at more than 6,300 square feet and boasting a private entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue. Newly appointed executive chef Oliver Beckert recently promised guests "the best crab cake in the city ... the best chicken you're going to taste" and that his pizza will be "one of the best in the city." Also expect a BLT Prime restaurant, an exclusive steakhouse even more upscale than its sister property, BLT Steak, which already boasts a location downtown.

The Watergate

After a $125 million overhaul and a much delayed re-opening, The Watergate is finally set to re-open in May. The property, made famous by the 1972 burglary that kicked off the scandal of the same name, will feature 336 guest rooms, terraces overlooking the Potomac, Kennedy Center and Washington Monument, an indoor saltwater pool and a luxury spa. But The Watergate isn't just for overnight guests - the hotel plans to feature a whisky bar with bottles customized for the property, as well as a full-service restaurant, Kingbird, and a rooftop bar and lounge, Top of the Gate.

Mason & Rook

Newly opened at the end of March, Kimpton brings its unique brand of sass to the 14th Street corridor with the opening of its new flagship property Mason & Rook in the former Hotel Helix location. The 178-room hotel, fresh from a top-to-bottom renovation, boasts a sophisticated residential feel and small-plates and craft cocktail focused restaurant and bar, Radiator (opening April 19), named in homage to the city's many auto repair shops that once dominated the area. The brand is also renovating a second property, formerly the Savoy Suites, in Glover Park, bringing the brand's number of D.C. area hotels up to 13, plus one in Baltimore.

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