Hotel Watch: Inaugural Splendor

by Erica Moody

Washington hotels are stepping up their game this inauguration season.


The Presidential Suite at The Jefferson (Courtesy Photo)

After an unforgettable (and often cringe-inducing) presidential campaign, a candidate will finally be selected and give us reason to celebrate. From luxury amenities to District themed activities, hotels are seeing to it that January’s inauguration weekend will be the best one yet. Go ahead and treat yourself — you deserve it after the year we’ve had.

Celebrate with 324 of your closest friends at the JW Marriott Washington DC. For $2.5 million, the Presidential Ovation Package includes four to five nights with four presidential suites and 325 guest rooms; a $400,000 food and drink minimum; craft bourbon tasting; a menu planning session and a private viewing party on the terrace overlooking the parade route. 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,

The W Hotel is also offering an opportunity to entertain; its $500,000 inauguration package includes a private inaugural ball on the POV rooftop, with a sit-down dinner and cocktails for 250 guests. Perks include a private shopping session at Saks Fifth Avenue for ball attire with custom tailoring; Bliss Spa credits, White House views; and first-class round-trip airfare from anywhere in the U.S. 515 15th St. NW,


POV Bar at W Washington DC (Courtesy Photo)

The Ritz is synonymous with luxury, and The Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC’s “Discover the District in Luxury” package lives up to its name. For $150,000 you get a four-night stay in a luxury suite with club access, dinner and Dom Perignon at Métier; a private cocktail reception at Guarisco Art Gallery; two first-class airlines tickets; two VIP tickets to the Newseum Inauguration Day event and a three-carat round blue Ceylon Sapphire necklace. 1150 22nd St. NW,

The Mayflower Hotel’s $45,000 package offers two things you won’t find anywhere else: first, all sales will be donated entirely to Children’s National Health System; second, you’ll get two tickets to the presidential inauguration,in addition to a 4-night stay in the newly renovated Presidential Suite. 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW,

The Graham Hotel Georgetown is guaranteed to be a nonstop party. For $200,000, you can rent all 50 rooms and partake in pre-game cocktails and champagne after-parties every night; use of hotel sedans and a private monuments tour. 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW,

The St. Regis (Courtesy Photo)

Inside The St. Regis Presidential Suite (Courtesy Photo)

The newly renovated St. Regis Washington, DC presidential suite will have you feeling like a Commander in Chief. $85,000 gets you four nights in the suite and such perks as a private dinner and afternoon tea for four, airport transfers in a luxury Mercedes S550, a bottle of Dom Perignon and personalized White House-themed stationery. 923 16th St. NW,

The Jefferson Hotel wants you to come back after the inauguration is over. Its $80,000 “2017 Jefferson Experience” includes a four-night stay in the presidential suite and three other two-nights stays throughout the year, which include a spa trip and zip lining session; a cocktail party for 10; a private dinner for 10 and treats from Dog Tag Bakery. 1200 16th St. NW,

History buffs will love the Park Hyatt’s “New American Classic Inaugural Package.” The $45,000 rate includes a four-night stay in the presidential suite, a VIP tour of Mount Vernon, a “Founding Fathers” chef’s table for 12 at Blue Duck Tavern and presidential-inspired keepsakes that include a limited edition bottle of George Washington’s Straight Rye Whiskey. 1201 24th St. NW,

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