Washington’s Presidential Suites Await Big Inaugural Spenders
The presidential suite, private jet, and personal concierge are still available to anyone who can afford $440,000 for the “44th Commander in Chief” presidential-inauguration package at Washington’s luxury Omni Shoreham Hotel. A $2,000-per-person “Yes We Can 2009 Inauguration Cruise” was canceled for lack of passengers, and the Hilton Washington got no takers for its $44,000, four-night “Behind the Inaugural Bash” package. Barack Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration, during a four-day whirl of black-tie balls and exclusive soirees, will bring thousands of wealthy visitors and millions of dollars to Washington’s hotels, restaurants and nightspots. In a sign of tough times, the recession and Wall Street’s collapse have eroded demand for the most ostentatious offerings.