DC Hotels Prep for 2013 Presidential Inauguration

Hoteliers are gearing up and beginning to plan for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.  One of our favorite luxury DC hotels, The Madison, has landed one of the most-coveted, A-list galas. With a landmark location, personalized service and elegant accommodations, this is one of the most distinguished hotels in Washington, D.C.  The hotel is only a short stroll from the White House, Embassy Row, National Mall Monuments and Smithsonian Museums.

Article Featured from USA Today: This is the first of a series of stories leading up to the January 2013 presidential inauguration, Washington D.C.’s equivalent of the Super Bowl.

WASHINGTON – Regardless of the outcome of Super Tuesday or even Nov. 4, one thing is crystal clear: Washington D.C.’s top hotels are getting serious about preparing for the 2013 presidential inauguration.

With 10 months to go, the city’s luxury hotels are in various stages of figuring out how they’re going to price their rooms and determine minimum lengths of stay.

One hotel is so confident in demand that it’s asking a breathtaking $20,000 a night for its most sumptuous suite.

Hoteliers also are busy making arrangements for special inauguration-themed amenities that will be delivered nightly to each room, and even custom-made linens for their VIP guests, who pay big bucks for the privilege of being there during Washington’s prime time.

And it goes without saying that they’re quietly lining up the best florists and champagne sources, as well as luxury retailers that create in-house pop-up stores to address guests’ fashion emergencies, hotel executives tell Hotel Check-In.

“On March 1, we had our first logistical meeting. We will have everything locked into place by October this year – or we won’t have it,” Madison Hotel catering director Scott Button told me on Monday during an interview at the hotel.

“Everything” also includes extra, top-notch staff – including security detail – to provide guests with over-the-top service and protection. It’s common, after all, for wealthy political donors to bring along their most valuable jewelry and, if cold, furs.

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Article Featured From: USA Today
Picture By Dixie Vereen, USA TODAY

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