The presidential election is way too close to call. But we can say with [almost] absolute certainty that SOMEONE will be inaugurated Jan. 20 — and local hospitality havens are angling to make that weekend the most memorable event ever.
Inauguration packages are nothing new to the nation’s capital, but the current crop of mind-blowing deals takes patriotism to wild new levels.
The chutzpah award has to go to Kimpton Hotels, which is prepared to fully block off two of its boutique properties — the Hotel Madera (1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW) and the Morrison House (116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, Va.) — for the right price. Bidders can have full run of the 82-room (up to 164 guests) Madera Jan. 18-22 for $320,000, while the 45-room (up to 90 guests) Morrison House can be snatched up for the same four days for $200,000. Guests would also be privy to special meals and customized receptions at Firefly Restaurant at Madera and the Grille at Morrison House.
A Kimpton spokeswoman confirmed that neither buyout has been exercised yet, but suggested that there have been a “few nibbles.”
“We think that it might be a good option for lobbying or corporate organizations, political organizations such as state delegations, celebrities and their entourage, or even charities,” the Kimpton spokeswoman said.
Interested parties should move fast: Reservations are required by Saturday.
The Park Hyatt Washington (1201 24th St. NW) is rolling out the red carpet for much smaller entourages, baiting the well-heeled with a presidential suite packed full of enviable goodies.
Their “American Style” package entitles guests to a four-day stay (Jan. 18-22); a full slate of inauguration-related activities, such as box seats for a National Symphony Orchestra show at the Kennedy Center as well as a VIP tour; and a five-course dinner featuring the president-elect’s favorite dishes at the chef’s table (for up to 12 guests) of the award-winning Blue Duck Tavern. There will also be lavish treatment (butler service, on-call stylist from Saks Fifth Avenue, in-suite massages) and gourmet accoutrements (fresh-baked apple pie, custom artisanal cheese/charcuterie tasting party, signed magnum of signature Cabernet Franc blend). All this for just $57,000. Additionally, everything in the room, from the hand-picked art adorning the walls to the designer frocks dangling in the closets is available for purchase from the contributing retailer.
The 2009 inauguration bundle ($70,000) went unclaimed. Those wishing to exercise their right to be unbelievably fabulous — musicians Sting and Jennifer Lopez have both stayed in the Hyatt’s penthouse suite in the past — need to book this special by Jan. 1.
If all that is too rich for your (blue) blood, consider the more budget-friendly Mayflower Renaissance (1127 Connecticut Ave. NW).
The landmark D.C. hotel has carved out two inauguration splurges: the “Pick Your Party” package ($5,000 per night) and the “Red, White & You” retreat ($224 per night).
The PYP plan includes a one-bedroom suite outfitted with color-coordinated décor (red swag for Republicans, blue for Democrats), a steady supply of bubbly (champagne breakfast for two, champagne-fueled moonlight tour of the monuments) and a buffet of politically inspired multimedia (complimentary copies of movies and TV shows ranging from the “West Wing” to “The Daily Show”) for in-room viewing.
The more modest RW&Y bundle includes a deluxe room, daily breakfast, overnight parking and the same steady diet of politically themed DVDs.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.