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Summertime vacation season is in full swing. If you’re hitting the road this year, there’s a chance you might find lodging in a once-bustling Post Office.

The latest conversion is the Old Post Office in Washington, DC. The building, owned by the federal government and managed by the General Services Administration, formerly housed the Trump International Hotel and was recently reopened as the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Hilton Worldwide, based in McLean, VA, manages the hotel, which offers 263 rooms, Michelin-starred dining and a spa.

Also referred to as the Old Post Office Pavilion, the building — completed in 1899 — was a Post Office until 1914. Later, it was converted to federal office space.

Here’s a look at other Post Offices in the United States and abroad that have been converted to hotels:

• 11 Howard, New York City: Originally built in 1961 to serve as a postal storage facility, the SoHo neighborhood building was overhauled and is now a 207-room boutique hotel.

• North Branch Inn, Sullivan County, NY: The Victorian house served as the hamlet’s former Post Office and the postmaster’s family home before it was converted by new owners into five guest rooms.

• Distinction Dunedin Hotel, Dunedin, New Zealand: Originally opened in 1937 to serve as a post office, the facility was also the city’s first earthquake-proof building. The former main parcel delivery area is now the entrance to the hotel’s Parcels restaurant.

• The Fullerton Hotel Singapore: Built in 1928, the building served as the city’s post office but was converted into a 400-room hotel that features the Post Bar and a Royal Mail drop box as its centerpiece.

• 1898 The Post, Ghent, Belgium: The building’s upper floors used to serve as the city’s post office. Now many of the hotel’s 38 rooms are categorized with postal themes, including The Letter, The Envelope, The Postcard and The Stamp.

Rapid Dropoff Station

The Postal Service is testing a new Rapid Dropff Station concept to help customers expedite Label Broker and prepaid mail acceptance transactions.

Through the Label Broker service, customers who need to return a retail purchase but don’t have access to a printer can have a shipping label printed at a participating Post Office.

During the Rapid Dropoff Station pilot, customers will have the option of using a self-service kiosk for Label Broker and prepaid package drop-offs.

Here’s how it works:

• Customers looking to print labels or drop off prepaid packages go to a participating Post Office to locate the Rapid Dropoff Station kiosk.

• Customers can complete as many label prints and label acceptance scans as needed. Customers can also receive acceptance scans for prepaid packages.

• Once the transaction is complete, the customer drops off his or her packages at the designated package drop-off drum.

The Postal Service is testing the Rapid Dropoff Station concept at the Gunston Plaza Post Office in Lorton, VA. Additional sites may be added later.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.11 percent during the week ending July 29, down 0.15 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Aug. 3.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.22 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 96.95 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Washington, part of WestPac Area, ranked first with a 97.98 percent rating, while California 5, also part of WestPac, ranked last with a 95.46 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. From July 1-22, the Postal Service delivered 93 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 93.8 percent of Marketing Mail and 86.4 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

Postal Bulletin. Postal Bulletin’s July 28 edition features an overview of election and political mail guidelines, along with the latest updates to USPS policies, procedures and forms.

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