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“A diversion during a busy day of touring” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Old Post Office Pavilion

Old Post Office Pavilion
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington DC, DC 20004 (Federal Triangle)
(202) 289 4224
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Ranked #114 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Historic 1899 building where visitors can go up to the clock tower for dramatic views of D.C.
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New Jersey
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“A diversion during a busy day of touring”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

One of the best sites for a view of DC is The Old Post Office which gives you a 360 degree view of the District. Besides the view, you get a tour of the Clock Tower. The Old Post Office Clock Tower houses the official United States Bells of Congress which were a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War. The Bells of Congress ring every Thursday evening and on special occasions. The over 100 year old building is being converted into a luxury hotel by Donald Trump, and not a moment too soon.

Other than the trip to the top for the view, there is nothing else of interest. There is a very average food court on the base floor which I would suggest you avoid. Depending on the lines for the small elevators to the top, it is about a one hour diversion during your day to go to the top, take some pictures, and exit the building.

Visited June 2012
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“Went for the View”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The view was great but that was about it. Food court was unappealing and the restrooms were very old. Skip the stairs and give your legs a rest for the rest of your visit. When we visited they had a National passport stamp so bring your book if you have one.

Visited March 2012
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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“Not a destination”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The Old Post Office Pavilion may have a beautiful facade, but this building has not been utilized well. There is a CRAPPY food court in the basement, and sometimes free entertainment in the main area - but it's not managed, advertised, or kept up well at all. Sort of an embarrasment. However, Trump bought the property and is going to redevelop it, so stay tuned!

Visited March 2012
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“A great place to take a break while checking out the sights!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We had fun taking the kids watching the tourists and eating ice cream out front. It is mostly a tourist site but the old post office is a wonderful historic building with nice places to grab a bite, take a break and cool off or warm up while getting around the sights downtown.

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“Great views of DC from Old Post Office Pavilion tower”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Built in the 1890s, the Old Post Office Pavilion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the tallest buildings in the city, with a distinctive clock tower offering breathtaking 360 degree views of the city. The tower is under the control of the National Park Service and is open to the public free of charge. From here, you can see most of DC's monuments and famous buildings. The Old Post Office Clock Tower also houses the official United States Bells of Congress, a bicentennial gift from England celebrating the end of the Revolutionary War. The tower is open to the elements; dress appropriately. While the Washington Monument is closed for repairs (due to the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in 2011), this is the best venue to view the city. I bring my out-of-town guests here and recommend it to anyone visiting the city. Renovations to the interior of the Old Post Office Pavilion could soon begin, possibly in 2014, by none other than Donald J. Trump. The New York real estate magnate’s hotel company has been selected to turn Washington’s Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel. He and the General Services Administration still must come to terms on a final financial agreement, one that governs the use of the building and preservation of its historic aspects. Trump would lease the land from the government and the clock tower would remain under the control of the National Park Service and open to the public. The hotel could open as early as 2016.

Visited February 2012
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