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Demonstrators protests in front of the main entrance to the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. 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)

Trump International Hotel opens in DC's historic Old Post Office amid protests


A small crowd of protestors gathered outside of Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Monday as it opened for guests for the first time. 

One banner read: "We'll build a wall against racism and bigotry." 

Code Pink's Medea Benjamin said she opposed the project, not only because of the steep price for a one-night stay, but because the public will now have limited access to the Old Post Office Tower.

"It's appalling that this beautiful post office used to be a place of public domain and is now in the hands of Donald Trump and the one percent," Benjamin told Fox News. "In a city full of immigrants, $700 a night for a room?"

Rooms actually start at $895 per night. 

The project transformed the Old Post Office building on Pensylvania Avenue into a luxury hotel.

"The hotel is magnificent. There has never been a hotel like this or even close in Washington," Trump told Fox News.

Trump won a 60-year lease from the government to put the hotel in the 117-year-old building, Fox News reported. 

Monday was referred to as the "soft opening." The official grand opening is in October. 

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