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Hail to the Suite

By Kim O'Donnel
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Friday, January 7, 2005; 1:49 PM

The week of the inauguration could easily be coined the week of the fabulously rich and famous. Several of Washington's luxury hotels have set their sights on the biggest of big spenders. Cue Robin Leach: "Hey travelers, how would you like your own private jet service, butler-drawn baths and a 3,500-square-foot hotel suite? You'll be wearing the finest custom couture as you emerge at the inaugural ball in your chauffeur-driven limousine!"

The price range: $5,000-$200,500 for a four-night stay.

At the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the mother of all bathrooms. (Pierre Kattar - washingtonpost.com)

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Grand Parlor, Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental
Master Bathroom, Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental
Master Bedroom, Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental
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Now, who's ready for caviar?

"Presidential Privilege" at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

The Price: Four nights, $200,500

The Digs: 3,500-square-foot Presidential suite, with 14 rooms, including three bedrooms, a "Grand Parlor" with 25-foot ceilings, expansive views of the Potomac, a grand piano and a workout room. Also, the mother of all bathrooms, with glass shower for two, wall jets and monster shower heads, plus a sunken tub. Flat-screen televisions throughout the suite.

Perks: Private jet service to and from Washington, a chauffeur-driven Maybach, 24-hour personal butler service, including a bath butler; "his and her" inaugural ball outfits from Neiman Marcus, event tickets, daily spa treatments, Champagne and caviar served daily at dusk.

Contact Info: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, D.C.


"Presidential Package" at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The Price: Four nights, $150,000

The Digs: One of the hotel's luxury suites, starting at 900 square feet.

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