Sunday, November 23, 2008

Luxurious D.C. Lodging

As Slate notes, D.C. locals are gearing up to profit from the big crowds expected for Inauguration weekend. Area hotels are booking up fast, and raising prices on rooms.

Some hotels are really raising prices, with luxurious packages for big spenders. Five-day packages including lodging, chauffeur service, parade and ball tickets, shopping sprees, and various extras range from $40,000 to $99,000 at hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, the Mayflower and the Hyatt Regency, among others. (More details on the D.C. tourism site.)

I spoke with public relations at Ritz-Carlton about the hotel's $50,000 and $99,000 packages. There are "very interested buyers but we have not signed the contracts yet."

At least one extravagant package has been booked. And it is on the high-end of high-end, with a $200,900 price tag. Public relations at the Mandarin Oriental Washington say it has booked its "Presidential Privilege" package for two:

The package includes a five-day, four-night stay in the hotel's luxurious 3,000 sq.-ft. Presidential Suite with daily breakfast in the suite; designer outfits for inaugural events from Ralph Lauren; a chauffeur-driven Maserati Quattroporte; an exclusive dinner for eight guests at Mandarin Oriental's signature restaurant CityZen, prepared by James Beard Award-winning Chef Eric Ziebold; and daily spa treatments.

Still waiting to hear back from the Mandarin about the possibility of talking to the big spenders who nabbed this package.

Spread the Wealth Around [Slate]
Hotel prices, bookings soar for inauguration [USAToday]

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