Area Hotels Go All Out for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration
The Fairmont Washington, D.C.  |  JW Marriott  |  Kimpton Hotels  |  The Madison  |  Park Hyatt Washington, DC  |  The Ritz- Carlton Washington, DC  |  The Willard Hotel

The Fairmont Washington, D.C.

...No expense will be spared for the Fairmont’s “President and First Lady” during their visit to Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. The couple, along with the “First Dog”, will spend four nights in the Presidential Suite on the hotel’s luxurious Fairmont Gold Floor.

“Of course, no presidential stay would be complete without the secret service,” states Mark S. Andrew Regional Vice President and General Manager of the 415 room luxury hotel. “The Fairmont will provide two “Presidential Detail Agents” to assist and consult with the first family throughout their stay.”

The Fairmont’s First Family will also enjoy all of the following details:

• Four nights in The Presidential Suite
• Two “Fairmont Presidential Detail” agents –to include daily briefings and assistance with all of their requirements.
• Transportation provided with driver in the new 7 series BMW
• A $5,000 Shopping Spree at SAKS Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase with Fairmont Detail - The First Family will be welcomed by a personal shopper with champagne at the store’s 5th Avenue Club and treated to lunch in the new SAKS Café.
• A visit to “First Ladies Exhibit at The Smithsonian” Exhibit with Fairmont Presidential Detail.
• Daily Full American breakfast served at the dining room table in your suite.
• In-room hair provided by Georgetown's Roche Hair Design.
• A private consultation and make-up will be provided by SAKS 5th Avenue’s partner Giorgio Armani Beauty.
• A midnight buffet for President’s family and closest advisors, after returning from any inaugural balls they may be attending, of champagne and caviar for up to20 people.
• The First Lady's favorite floral arrangements throughout the Presidential Suite.
• His and her bathrobes embroidered with the Presidential Seal.
• Matching Presidential Rolex watches in 18k gold for Fairmont’s President and First Lady.
• A Presidential dog bed with matching collar and leash for the first dog.
• Daily walks for the first dog – provided by Fairmont's Presidential Detail.
• Gourmet dog food prepared by the hotel’s executive chef.

The price of this four-night, once-in-a-lifetime experience is $100,000. Available January 18 -22, 2013. The Presidential Detail Package is based on availability and double occupancy. For more information please visit For reservations please call the Sales Department at (202) 429-2400.

Located at 2401 M Street, NW, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is convenient to the finest museums, theaters (including the Kennedy Center), shopping and dining. Close to two metro stations, it is five miles from Reagan National Airport and 33 miles from Dulles International Airport. At 415 rooms and luxury suites, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown offers a wealth of facilities while maintaining an air of tranquility insured through the design of intimate spaces, plenty of natural daylight, and a cascade of plants both inside and out.

JW Marriott
May 14, 2012
Celebrate The 57th Presidential Inauguration “Sky High” -- Atop The JW Marriott Washington, DC

Whether celebrating the return of the 44th president or the welcome of the new 45th, the nation’s capital during  the 57th inauguration of the President of the United States will be brimming with spectacular revelry, pomp and circumstance.  The JW Marriott Washington, DC will be at the center of it all.  Situated at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue on 14th Street, NW, the luxury hotel will join in the festivities by constructing a luxury inaugural parade viewing gallery high above, on its beautiful outdoor sky terrace. 

For $ 2.7 million, one lucky group can experience all the excitement and create their own four-night inaugural celebration with 300 of their best friends, custom tailored for the occasion.  Prominently staged on the hotel’s 7,300 sq. ft. sky terrace, the viewing gallery gives guests premium views of Pennsylvania Avenue, the inaugural parade and the renowned landmarks of our nation’s capital.  January’s cold winter weather won’t affect the sky terrace celebration, as 300+ guests will enjoy the warmth of a  luxurious heated framed gallery, complete with crystal chandeliers and six 52” HDTVs, just by walking from their guest rooms nearby.  The JW Marriott will assist in designing and decorating the tented space to accommodate the group’s décor plans for the celebration.  During the last presidential inauguration a similar package was created, purchased and enjoyed by a charitable organization who offered the rooms to the underprivileged.

The JW President’s Inauguration package* includes:
• Four nights in two luxury Presidential suites
• Four nights in two luxury “Running Mate” (VP) suites
• 300 guest rooms for four nights
• $800,000 in food and beverage
• Nightly keepsake inaugural amenities
• Private access to a heated luxury viewing gallery with crystal chandeliers and 52” HDTVs on 12th floor terrace.
• Access to parade route entrance right outside hotel

The JW President’s Inauguration package is available for four consecutive nights with arrivals on January 18, 2013 and departure on January 22, 2013.  This special one-of-a-kind package is based upon availability at the time of reservation and is on a first come, first served basis.    A non-refundable advance purchase is required.   *Inclusive of all tax and gratuities. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions. Other restrictions may apply. For reservations, please contact Erick Speight at (202) 626-2662.

About JW Marriott Washington, DC
The JW Marriott Washington, DC, the first JW Marriott branded property, opened in 1984 as a tribute to J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott Corporation, predecessor to Marriot International, Inc.  One of the country’s premiere meeting destinations, the property features over 37,000 square feet of superior  banquet and meeting space, including the 14,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, 29 meetings rooms and a 7,000 square foot terrace on the 12th floor, overlooking   the nation capital and its historic monuments and landmarks.  For more information or to make reservations, contact your travel professional, call the hotel directly at (202) 393-2000, or visit

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 53 JW Marriott hotels in 22 countries; by 2015 the portfolio will encompass 80 properties in 29 countries.

Kimpton Hotels

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Jaclyn Randolph 

Get the Ba‘Rock’ Star Treatment at Kimpton’s Washington DC Area Hotels During the 2013 Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON, January 4, 2013 - America has voted to keep Barack Obama in the White House for four more years. Now it’s time for his supporters to celebrate when Washington DC becomes the ultimate "see and be seen" destination during the 57th Presidential Inauguration, scheduled to take place on January 21, 2013.

Travelers can take the stress out of getting ready for the flurry of balls, dinners and parties with Kimpton's Ba'Rock' Star Treatment Package. From makeup applications by a pro to relaxing massages, guests will be pampered from head-to-toe in the comfort of their room as they get gussied up for a celebratory night on the town.

Available at Kimpton's 11 Washington DC and Virginia hotels, this exclusive add-on package (room reservations booked separately) includes the following:

In-room hair styling services (up-do, twist or braiding)
In-room professional makeup application
In-room manicure and pedicure using organic, paraben-free Kerstin Florian products
Choice of one in-room Kerstin Florian massage:

o 50-minute Calm Mind Massage to de-stress before the night begins
50-minute Aroma Journey Massage to liven your senses the morning after

Gift of Kerstin Florian therapeutic Detox Mineral Bath
Salts to enjoy a relaxing bath soak during your inaugural stay
A gourmet platter of snacks to fuel up on before heading out for the night

Starting at $705, Kimpton’s Ba'Rock’ Star Treatment Package can be purchased as an add-on package to any guestroom reservation. The package is available January 18-22, 2013, is based on availability and subject to change. The Ba'Rock’ Star Treatment Package must be booked by calling the individual hotels directly.

Room reservations are still available at Kimpton Hotels in Washington DC and Virginia, and rates vary per hotel. Rates are based on three-to-four night minimum stays, must be pre-paid and are non-refundable. Reservations can be booked at or by calling 1-800-KIMPTON.

Participating Kimpton Hotels include:

Washington, DC:
Topaz Hotel: Located at 1733 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Call (202) 393-

3000 locally or (800) 424-2950 toll free, or visit
Hotel Rouge: Located at 1315 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Call (202)

832-8000 locally or (800) 738-1202 toll free, or visit
Hotel Madera: Located at 1310 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Call

(202) 296-7600 locally or (800) 368-5691 toll free, or visit Donovan House: Located at 1155 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Call (202)

737-1200 locally or (800) 383-6900 toll free, or visit Hotel George: Located at 15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Call (202) 347-

4200 locally or (800) 576-8331 toll free, or visit

Hotel Palomar Washington DC: Located at 2121 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037. Call (202) 448-1800 locally or (877) 866-3070 toll free, or visit

Hotel Monaco Washington DC: Located at 700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004. Call (202) 628-7177 locally or (877) 202-5411 toll free, or visit

Morrison House: Located at 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Call (703)

838-8000 locally or (866) 834-6626 toll free, or visit
Hotel Monaco Alexandria: Located at 480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Call

(703) 549-6080 locally or (800) 368-5047 toll free, or visit

Lorien Hotel & Spa: Located at 1600 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Call (703) 894-3434 locally or (877) 956-7436, or visit

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San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981 Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is well-known for making travelers feel welcomed and comfortable while away from home through authentic and unscripted customer care, stylish ambiance and embodying a certain playfulness in its approach to programs and amenities. Adjacent to the hotels are locally-loved, top-rated, Kimpton restaurants. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare program that spans all hotels and restaurants. Market Metrix, a recognized authority and leader in feedback solutions, consistently ranks Kimpton above other hotel companies in luxury and upper upscale segments for customer satisfaction. Privately held Kimpton was recognized by Fortune Magazine as a Best Company to Work for in 2012. The company operates 57 hotels and 67 restaurants and lounges in 24 cities. For more information visit or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

The Madison

The Madison Hotel Prepares for Inauguration

Partnership with Brooks Brothers, Media War Room and Town and Country Package to Mark Historic Event

Washington, D.C., January 7, 2013 — In the tradition of celebrating the Inauguration in our nation’s capital, the newly restored Madison hotel, located in the heart of downtown D.C. is gearing up for all of the excitement with our Inaugural Town and Country package.

This elite experience not only allows our guests to soak in all of the excitement of the 2013 Inauguration, but also includes an overnight stay at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA, the perfect place to relax after four days of serious D.C. celebrations complete with a shopping excursion for the perfect wardrobe by exclusive Madison retail partner, Brooks Brothers.

Assisting guests during their four day inaugural stay at The Madison with everything that they’ll need in order to have a one-of-a kind experience during their stay in D.C., from bowties to the perfect handbag; Brooks Brothers has every guest covered. The brand will be setting up shop in The Madison’s Potomac Room, located just off the lobby, providing last minute items to guests as well as a personal shopper at their Georgetown location, just blocks away from The Madison.

“This is such a special time in D.C. and we don’t want our guests to miss a thing, so we’re ensuring that they will have everything they need and are dressed to the nines,” says Jim Horsman, Managing Director, The Madison. “We could not be more excited to partner with such a legendary brand that will speak to our guests. Brooks Brothers’ level of service and attention to detail matches what we strive to achieve every day at The Madison.”

 “We are looking forward to this partnership over Inauguration and beyond,” says Don Miller, general manager, Brooks Brothers, Georgetown. “We feel that The Madison is an ideal match for Brooks Brothers; both brands have a strong history and are integral in the Washington, D.C. landscape. We couldn’t think of a better property to showcase our classic clothing and apparel.”

Priced at $47,000 and designed for two, the Inaugural Town and Country package includes:

Once at Lansdowne, our guest will experience their signature Presidential Treatment which includes:

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Madison and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, we look forward to welcoming our guests from all over the world for this historic occasion,” says Jim Horsman, Managing Director, The Madison. “This will certainly be an experience no one will soon forget.”

In addition to The Madison’s partnership with Brooks Brothers, the hotel has created a haven for the droves of media that will be visiting from the U.S. and internationally with our Media War Room.

Located in the Hamilton Room on the second floor, the Media War Room will provide visiting media all that they’ll need in order to report, tweet and post all that is happening during this historic time in D.C. Media will be provided with complementary high speed internet of up to 1.5 MBPS, charging stations for phones and laptops, desks, chairs and all of the energy that they’ll need to keep the rest of the world informed of what’s going on in D.C.

The Hamilton Room is a corner space offering 1,150 square feet of space that includes:

The Madison, whose opening in 1963 was attended by President John F. Kennedy, has long been the address of choice for diplomats, entertainers, world leaders and international delegations and recently completed a 22 million dollar redesign that included all guest rooms, public spaces and meeting rooms. The Madison will be the site of the most exclusive Washington, D.C.  private party hosted every four years  by prominent Washingtonians, Mr. and Mrs. William (Bill) and Buffy Cafritz, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon and Ann Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. Roger and Vicki Sant.

To learn more about The Madison, please visit us at Hi-resolution images of The Madison are available here.

The Madison
Located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., The Madison offers guests the respite of a classic country house hotel located within our capital’s vibrant cityscape. Just steps away from the White House and other historic landmarks, The Madison is the gateway to all things Washington. The hotel’s 356 well-appointed guestrooms include nine suites that balance efficiency and elegance and are equipped with contemporary amenities for elevated comfort, including complimentary high speed wi-fi. The hotel’s Jefferson Suite was recently listed on the top 101 Suites in the World in Elite Traveler. For reservations, or more information, please call, 202-862-1600, 1-800-424-8577 or visit us at Twitter:; Facebook:

In partnership with Jamestown, a leading asset and management firm based in Atlanta, GA., The Madison is operated by Destination Hotels & Resorts, a leading hospitality management firm recognized for its collection of high-quality independent hotels.    

Founded in 1983 with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. and Cologne, Germany and offices in New York City, San Francisco, Ca., Boston, Mass., and Washington, D.C., Jamestown is a leader in acquisitions and value added management. Over 29 years, Jamestown has generated approximately $8 billion in strategic investments. The company is focused across the risk spectrum with core, core-plus and opportunistic funds in two primary markets: 24-hour cities and Sunbelt territories with strong demographic growth. For more information, visit

estination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With nearly 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,300 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.

For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

Park Hyatt Washington, DC

Celebrate the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in American Style

In honor of the 57th Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013, Park Hyatt Washington invites its guests to celebrate American talents, culture and ingredients with four nights of sophisticated and patriotic living in its spacious Presidential Suite at an all-inclusive rate of $57,000. From January 18 to January 22, 2013, guests of the hotel’s exclusive American Style package will toast the joyful occasion with the following:

Park Hyatt Washington will reserve its signature Presidential Suite beginning Friday, January 18, with late check-out on Tuesday, January 22, and personal butler service throughout the stay. Guests of the package will receive daily turndown amenities, including Blue Duck Tavern’s award-winning apple pie, a set of hardcover books highlighting American crafts & heritage, and a collection of photography from Park Hyatt hotels worldwide.  

Guests will also enjoy chauffeur-driven roundtrip airport transfers and daily sedan transportation, based upon guests’ preferred travel times. 

Upon reserving the American Style package, Park Hyatt Washington’s Guest Relations Manager will contact the guests to give them the opportunity to work directly with the Fifth Avenue Club Stylist from Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria on their personal fashion preferences and needs for inaugural events. Using this information, the stylist will visit the Presidential Suite and fill the closets with several options to meet the guests’ potential needs.

The Presidential Suite will also be dressed to the nines with a collection of captivating Saks Fifth Avenue home décor, such as vases, porcelain bowls, picture frames, and fragrant candles. Everything selected to outfit the guest and the room will be available to use or bring home and will be for sale from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Signed, magnum bottle of hotel’s signature wine Cabernet Franc, crafted by winemaker Jed Steele

Exclusive tasting of cheese & charcuterie, specially prepared by Park Hyatt Washington’s Cheese Specialist Lisa Hviding, for up to 12 guests in the suite

Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault, along with Chef de Cuisine John Melfi, will prepare a decadent five-course dinner, for up to 12 guests, to create the President-elect’s favorite dishes at Blue Duck Tavern’s private Chef Table

Daily, American breakfast for two, to be enjoyed in the privacy of the suite

Chauffeured transportation to the Kennedy Center for a VIP backstage tour of the facility, followed by a live performance of the National Symphony Orchestra sitting in box seats

Personal pampering with an in-suite spa treatments

Timber rocking chair from the Presidential Suite, handcrafted and engraved with the guests’ initials and Inaugural seal, sent to the guests’ home

In celebration of the Inauguration, Park Hyatt Washington will contribute a minimum of $500 to the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO)

American Style can be reserved at special rate of $57,000, inclusive of tax & gratuities, through January 1, 2013. For more information or to reserve, please contact Renee Sharrow, Director of Public Relations, at 202 419 6625 or
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Offers “Access Washington” Package for Inauguration 2013

Exclusive access to Inaugural perks and amenities usually reserved for
celebrities, rock stars, and platinum rewards status

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 16, 2012 - As the world watches, the President of the United States of America will take the country's highest office this January following this oath:

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of
President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability,
preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Following the oath of office, the President will give his inaugural address, setting out his vision for America and goals for the nation.

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C., long recognized as the Capital’s most sought after address, is the perfect place to celebrate history in the making with the “Access Washington” package priced at $100,000.

“This package is appealing to those looking to be at the epicenter of the festivities, it offers guests exclusive access to some of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic monuments and museums, gives the guest an opportunity to give back and make a contribution to the hotel’s community partner DC Central Kitchen, while also celebrating the incoming administration in style,” said Elizabeth Mullins, vice president and area general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity tailored to thrill and create lasting memories. The Access Washington Package includes:

  • Two first class round trip domestic airline tickets. 
  • Chauffeured airport transfers in a luxury vehicle 
  • Four night stay in a luxury suite 
  • An afternoon of exclusive, behind the scenes private tours of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic sites with private guide Ismail Naskai, winner of “Best Tour Guide” by Washington Area Concierge Association 
       -“Walk the walk” of the incoming president 
       -Special access to the Capitol, National Archives, Library of Congress, National Treasury, Arlington Cemetery, and more
  • Inaugural Parade Watching Party at the Newseum – skip the lines with early admittance and enjoy complimentary food and beverage from Wolfgang Puck’s “The Source” 
  • Private viewing of VIP autograph book signed by heads of state and celebrities. Learn the background and history behind these signatures from the hotel’s in-house celebrity and dignitary expert and take home a copy of the hotel’s VIP autograph book to share with friends and family 
  • Back of the house hotel tour with hotel security to see how the president and heads of state arrive and exit. Get a sneak peak at behind the scenes Inauguration happenings within the hotel. 
  • Special inaugural amenities each night 
  • Club Lounge Access: the private and luxurious Club Lounge is a peaceful, exclusive “retreat” featuring dedicated concierge services and complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and evening. 
  • Private cupcake decorating party in Georgetown Cupcake’s “Lab” for up to 10 people. Create an “Inaugural” flavor which will be featured as Georgetown Cupcake’s “Secret” Flavor of the Day during Inauguration. 
  • Three course dinner on January 18th prepared by Executive Chef Yves Samake and the students of DC Central Kitchen. Value of the dinner will be donated to DC Central Kitchen 
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase will expertly outfit you head-to-toe for your Inaugural Event.
       -An afternoon of unforgettable styling in the famed Fifth Avenue Club with a Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Director and walk away outfitted in a designer dress and luxury tuxedo 
       -Private hair and make-up session in guest’s suite 
       -Saks Fifth Avenue “Fashion Concierge” available throughout your stay to service any and all fashion needs
  • One-of-a-kind diamond and ruby pin by renowned jeweler Ann Hand

The package is priced at $100,000 USD and is available at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. from January 18, 2013 through January 22, 2013. Package is based on double occupancy. Advance reservation is required and requires a non-refundable 14-day advance payment. Additional room nights are available at prevailing rates. For reservations, please contact Aaron Leong at (202) 974-8557, or visit

For additional information about this press release contact:

Colleen Evans

Michele Klarman

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.
1150 22nd Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
United States
Willard InterContinental Inauguratio The Willard Hotel
Willard Hotel Prepares Rooms and Amenities for Inauguration 2013
Willard InterContinental Inauguration 2013

Washington, DC, November 8, 2012 –

In anticipation of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration the Willard InterContinental hotel is in full swing preparing for the festivities. The Willard Hotel has been a prime hotel for over 150 years, due especially to key location on Pennsylvania Avenue along the parade route and between America’s two houses of power, the White House and U.S. Capitol. Rooms are selling at a four night minimum, starting at $1,149 for a Deluxe room. Suites like the Willard’s well-appointed Oval Suites with their large marble-floored entryways and based on White House Oval Office are in particular demand. These suites, priced at $5,700 per night with a four night minimum plus a $27,000 catering minimum, are perfect for a parade viewing party. For information and reservations contact Erin Mooney at 202-637-7314, or .

Inauguration at the Willard InterContinental is a very big deal. The hotel’s is busy designing its interior inaugural décor, while outside, the hotel will feature patriotic bunting and hundreds of flags fluttering on its façade. Inside, our concierge team is preparing an array of amenities to assist inauguration ball-goers in every way. These range form Lear Jet procurement to concierge’s wardrobe accoutrements and malfunction emporium, stocked with accessories from local purveyors, providing for any and all last minute wardrobe emergencies.

Each of the four nights, the Willard’s inaugural guests will receive a different amenity. They are elegant, tasty, clever, extravagant and historic, all reflecting the newly-elected president, the office of the presidency and Washington’s “other” Residence of Presidents” – the Willard. Some amenities from President Obama’s 2009 inaugural included:

  •   Silver American Flag Pins from Tiffany & Company
  •   Handcrafted and numbered Retro DC picture frames from Keith Lipert Gallery
  •   Washington Post commemorative election night edition
  •   Pick-up Sticks – Picking up the pieces for a strong economy
  •   White Chocolate White Houses
  •   Chicago-manufactured candies and Obama Candy Bars
  •   Chicago Popcorn in a Willard Tin
  •   Red Door Spa Robe
  •   Classic Coke Inaugural edition bottles

While the 2013 inaugural amenities are still being decided, they will have a Sustainably-Made in America theme, to include chocolates by Tumbador, a Brooklyn, New York chocolate factory that employs many people who are given a second chance through community based programs.

A visit to the Willard history gallery gives an inspiring overview of inaugural history featuring pictures of inaugural events which passed by the Willard’s door from 1850 to the present. Most famously, President Lincoln, his family and aides stayed here prior to his inauguration in 1860, and his inaugural luncheon was held (menu: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Mock Turtle Soup, Parsley Potatoes and Blackberry Pie.) Lincoln's first presidential pay check went to paying his bill at the Willard - a copy from the Library of Congress of the $773.75 bill is on display in the gallery.

        The Willard InterContinental is located in the heart of the nation's capital on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, the Smithsonian museums and the downtown business and theatre districts. The Willard epitomizes world-class hospitality as the hotel of choice for heads of state and leaders of the world's business, cultural, social and political elite. The hotel's 335 well appointed guestrooms include 41 elegant suites. Dining options include Café du Parc, the popular French bistro with seasonal outdoor seating, the Occidental Grill & Seafood, traditional Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley and the classic Round Robin Bar. The luxurious Red Door Spa offers a wide array of pampering treatments. An American institution, the Willard has hosted nearly every U.S. president since 1853. It was at the Willard that Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic, where President Ulysses S. Grant popularized the term “Lobbyist,” and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King finished his renowned "I Have a Dream" speech. The Willard is also noted for its 100% wind power, recycling and charitable initiatives including Anacostia River clean-up, the hotel’s “Adoption” of a Pershing Park, and support of a school prom for disabled youth. The classic Willard InterContinental combines heritage and luxury with contemporary comfort and the latest technology. Tel. 202-628-9100, 1-800-827- 1747, or Web site: Twitter:; Facebook:

Forbes 4 Star
Washingtonian 100 Best Restaurants 2011 - Café du Parc,
Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards: Top 45 Hotels in the Northeast Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Gold List
3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® Café du Parc 2012
The World’s Best Hotels 2011, Institutional Investor Washingtonian Bride & Groom Top Wedding Venue 2011
Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel 2010
AOL City's Best Hotel in Washington, D.C. 2010
Condé Nast Traveler 2009 World Saver Award
AAA 4 Diamond, Hotel and Restaurant
Best Meeting & Conference Hotel in the US igroupnews 2009

Inaugural Hotel Factoids –

Our chefs will utilize: 10,000 eggs, 600 pounds of cheese and will prepare 15,000 mini pastries.
A Sustainable Inauguration –
We estimate 19.5 tons of single stream recycling which includes bottles, cans, cardboard, newspapers and plastic.
Amenties are made in the USA, some amenities created in areas affected by hurricane Sandy and by workers successfully rehabilitated from incarceration.
Our Made-in-America Amenities Include - 
  • Custom-designed Willard inaugural pins and cufflinks by  C. Forbes.
  • Handcrafted picture frame/clock from Keith Lipert Gallery made on Long Island, NY, with surprise presidential photo by Madame Tussauds of Washington DC.
  • Lemon Verbena Agraria soap, by San Francisco purveyors
  • Chicago popcorn, Macademias from Hawaii, Inaugural bottles of American Summit spring water.
  • Tumbador Chocolates made in sustainable chocolate factory in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Keepsake Room Keys


In 1852, Henry Willard wrote to his brother Joseph convinced that if he could get soon-to-be president Franklin Pierce as a guest at his hotel, a precedent would be set forever labeling the Willard as a hotel of presidents. Pierce did stay at the Willard and almost every president since has been a guest; many using the hotel as a residence, others as a launching pad for inaugural parades and the rest as honored attendees at grand receptions.
Presidents Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Lincoln, Buchanan, Roosevelt, Harding and Coolidge, among others, were guests at the Willard prior to their inauguration, proceeding from the hotel to take their oath of office. 
President Lincoln’s Inaugural The Willard history gallery features many pictures of inaugural events which passed by our door. Most famously, President Lincoln, his family and aides stayed here prior to his inauguration and his inaugural luncheon was held at the Willard.  The menu was comprised of Corned Beef and Cabbage, Mock Turtle Soup, Parsley Potatoes and Blackberry Pie.
 Lincoln's first presidential pay check went to paying his bill at the Willard - a facsimile from the Library of Congress of the $773.75 bill is on display in the gallery. 
The Willard was bursting at the seams on the eve of Lincoln’s first inauguration. Visitors were packed ten and more to a room. Harper’s Weekly described one scene:
“Four bearded and otherwise long-haired individuals of the masculine gender are deposited on a bed which is hardly big enough to hold Tom Thumb and his wife. These individuals are fast asleep, and evidently snoring; four lads are placed in the middle of the bed and they lie in pairs…and on the left lie two more fat gentlemen, dead asleep on their backs, with their knees up, and their noses pointed thankfully to the ceiling…No one would have believed that such a scene could have existed in the aristocratic hotel of the generous Mr. Willard…”
Franklin Pierce finished his oath of office and was beginning his speech when it began to snow.  Canceling plans for a parade back to the White House, Pierce dropped ex-President Millard Fillmore and his wife off at The Willard, and then continued on to the executive mansion.
The presidential flag flew in front of the Willard in 1923 when Calvin Coolidge used the hotel as the official presidential residence for nearly a month while waiting for Warren Harding’s family to vacate the White House after his sudden death. Coolidge’s initial oath of office was taken while visiting in Vermont; it was then repeated in Washington, in his apartment at the Willard Hotel. The presidential flag flew for a month in front of the Willard, where he conducted affairs of state pending Mrs. Harding's departure from the White House.  Coolidge’s Inauguration Parade drew thousands of onlookers outside the Willard’s Pennsylvania Avenue entrance.
The Willard InterContinental is located in the heart of the nation's capital on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, the Smithsonian museums and the downtown business and theatre districts.   The Willard epitomizes world-class hospitality as the hotel of choice for heads of state and leaders of the world's business, cultural, social and political elite.  The hotel's 335 well appointed guestrooms include 41 elegant suites.  Dining options include Café du Parc, the popular French bistro with seasonal outdoor seating, the Occidental Grill & Seafood, traditional Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley and the classic Round Robin Bar.  The luxurious Red Door Spa offers a wide array of pampering treatments. An American institution, the Willard has hosted nearly every U.S. president since 1853.  It was at the Willard that Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic, where President Ulysses S. Grant popularized the term “Lobbyist,” and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King finished his renowned "I Have a Dream" speech.  The Willard is also noted for its 100% wind power, recycling and charitable initiatives including Anacostia River clean-up, the hotel’s “Adoption” of a Pershing Park, and support of a school prom for disabled youth.  The classic Willard InterContinental combines heritage and luxury with contemporary comfort and the latest technology. Tel. 202-628-9100, 1-800-827-1747, or Web site: Twitter: ; Facebook:


WASHINGTON, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Presidential Candidate Gary Bauer congratulated Governor Scott Walker for his win in Wisconsin's recall election, calling it "another sign that taxpayers will award office holders ready to do the hard work of reigning in out-of-control government spending."

Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families,  made the following statement:

"I congratulate Governor Scott Walker for his hard-fought victory tonight, and most especially for having the courage of his convictions to fight the good fight. But the victory in Wisconsin is not Scott Walker's alone.  It is a victory for the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin, who foot the bill year after year.  It is a victory for common sense over powerful special interests.  It is a victory that taxpayers in every state can celebrate.  It is a victory, yes, even for some union members.

"Since Gov. Walker's reforms were enacted, tens of thousands of state employees have opted to keep more of the money they earn rather than let the public employees union siphon off their hard-earned dollars.  In other words, once given the choice, more than half of the public employees union's members decided that they didn't need the union.  These reforms will pay real dividends for the taxpayers of Wisconsin.  They are the real winners tonight.

"The recall election is a sign of good things to come.  The power of the Big Labor bosses has finally been checked, not just in Wisconsin, but also in scores of other states across the country.  More governors, legislators and taxpayers will be inspired to stand up against the liberal labor unions and do what is truly in the best interests of their communities.  Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes are now in play, and the anti-tax, small government movement that swept the country in 2010 is about to sweep Barack Obama out of office in 154 days!"

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