By Judy Kurtz
After returning home, the guests will receive a handcrafted rocking chair shipped to them that’s engraved with their initials and an inaugural seal. The all-inclusive cost of the package ($500 of which is being donated to the USO) for the 57th presidential inauguration is, naturally, $57,000.
But that price is pennies compared to some of the District’s other ultra high-end hotels. The uber-swank W Hotel, which underwent a $91 million renovation in 2009, overlooks the White House and is situated along the presidential inauguration route.
For $50,000 a night with a four-night minimum during the January festivities, one lucky (and presumably insanely wealthy) guest can reserve the hotel’s “E-WOW Suite.”
The quarters are the W’s take on a traditional presidential suite, and measure more than 1,100 square feet.
The luxury digs come with a virtual fireplace and a dining room with a butler’s pantry. Guests will also be privy to some exclusive amenities that the hotel says are “fit for the president and first lady,” including a $100,000 jewelry loaner from the downtown Washington mainstay the Tiny Jewel Box, a private table with a view of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. at the W’s restaurant P.O.V., an evening limousine tour of the D.C. monuments, room-serviced brunch and a couple’s massage.
If inauguration suites and seals don’t make visitors feel presidential enough, maybe an entire “West Wing” will do the trick.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown says a “family, group of friends or small corporation” can reserve its exclusive block of guest rooms in what it’s calling “D.C.’s second ‘West Wing.’ ”
The boutique hotel’s inauguration package includes a stay in five suites that take up two private floors, 24-hour butler service, a custom-designed designer necklace, use of a private VIP entrance, a guest’s own “inaugural ball” with cocktail reception and a five-course dinner for up to 75 guests and a $20,000 shopping spree at Bloomingdale’s with a personal shopper to assist in picking out outfits. While 5 percent of the sale of the package goes to charity, the total cost comes to $201,300.