Barriers were set up outside the Hay-Adams Hotel in 2009, when Obama stayed there before his inauguration. This time around, demand for rooms is much lower.
The Ritz has a hotel at the corner of 22nd and M streets Northwest and another in Georgetown. Both were about 70 percent occupied for the inauguration as of late Tuesday. The Ritz was sold out during Presidents Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s second inaugurations.
For inauguration night at the Ritz in Georgetown, rooms start at $999.
If one is looking for a last-minute hotel room at a brand name establishment that’s not the Ritz or a piece of history, rooms are available, but still won’t be anywhere within the universe of cheap.
A search of Kayak.com, a hotel price aggregator, found four-night rates of $599 per night (before taxes and fees) at the Hyatt Regency Washington near Capitol Hill. Rates are below 2009 levels, but they still make a friend’s couch the more financially palatable option.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.