The $50,000 Inauguration Hotel Suite

The nation spent $2 billion electing its president. But so far no one is willing to spend $50,000 to celebrate the victor.

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Daniel Swartz for W Hotel, Washington D.C.

Still looking for a place to stay for the inauguration? If you’re the type to drop $50,000 on the hotel suite where Jennifer Lopez threw Marc Anthony’s 41st birthday party, the Godfather 2 was filmed, and Marilyn Monroe slept off a long night of policy debates, then we’ve got the place for you—the “Extreme-Wow Suite” at Washington’s W Hotel.

True, the 10th floor, five room “E-Wow” suite is not exactly in tune with the austere post-recession-and-fiscal-cliff atmosphere in DC at the moment. Nor is it a particularly democratic venue in which to mark the somber pageant that memorializes Americans’ selection of one of their fellow citizens to lead them. But it does have panoramic Washington Monument, White House, Treasury Department and inauguration parade route views. And the luxury package includes a private nighttime limousine tour of the national monuments, a reserved table on the roof dining terrace, a post-inauguration en-suite brunch, and massages for two. To top it all off, the deal even comes with a $100,000 jewelry loaner from Washington’s historic Connecticut Avenue jeweler, Tiny Jewel Box, where president Matthew Rosenheim will style you in whatever manner of inaugural fare you like. That includes classy options for men, such as a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch or vintage ruby-diamond-sapphire (read: red, white, and blue) cufflinks. For all you jewelry trivia fans, the Tiny Jewel Box designed the journal and pen that Michelle Obama presented to Laura Bush at the 2009 inauguration.

The hotel’s owners are laying it on thick for a reason: a $91 million renovation shut the doors on Obama’s first inauguration, so they’re looking to make up for lost time. And the hotel does hold a trove of DC history. The building housed the DC stock exchange at the turn-of-the-century. Every Thanksgiving, the Presidentially-pardoned turkeys spend two nights in the hotel before their rendezvous at the Oval Office. Even the elevator ceiling lights are patterned after the constellations above Washington on July 4, 1776.

For now, no one’s biting. Turnout for this year’s inauguration is expected to be only 600,000 to 800,000, less than half last time’s 1.8 million. “This inauguration from the hotel industry perspective is a little slower than a normal second term inauguration,” notes W general manager Edward Baten. And if $50,000 is too much, there’s always the much more restrained and democratic $10,000 “Wow Suite” option. Of course, it’s less Extreme.

7 comments
deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Imagine Honey Boo Boo and her family staying there. Alas, they can afford it. Al Bundy and his family were fictional, but the Boo Boo's are real. Give the concierge bonus pay for taking care of them.

sacredh
sacredh

It sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I prefer the $ 0 stay-at-home and watch it from the comfort of my living room option.

AfGuy
AfGuy

An additonal benefit is that you can also throw stuff at the screen whenever the assortment of Very Serious People appears to tell us all how horrible it is that that Marxist/Commie/Socialist/Fascist/Kenyan won ANOTHER election.

Galen
Galen

@AfGuy 

And we love your victimized poor me whine!!

Hil is next, no one is home on the `right (wrong).

We have not problem with your characterization, proud to be intelligent and progressive. Please don't shoot us!  

AfGuy
AfGuy

Must be  LOTS of fun to watch the face redden and the veins pop out on your friend's forehead.

sacredh
sacredh

I've been telling one friend that if a Supreme Court vacancy comes up near the end of Obama's second term that he's going to appoint himself to the bench. Fun times.



sacredh
sacredh

It is. He's a good guy and fun to be around, but he hates Obama with a passion. He's gullible too which makes it even more fun. On the flip side, the guy can lie and give as good as he gets. He's got me going more times than I can count. He can make up crap that is just believeable enough to make you think it's true. I can't get mad at him because he just does the same stuff I do.