Inaugural Festivities are in Full Swing

30th Dec 2004

While 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is home to the president and first lady, 1330 Maryland Avenue, S.W. will be home to political movers and shakers, Republican devotees, and presidential inaugural revelers on January 17 - 21, 2005 during President George W. Bush’s second term inauguration festivities.  Whether seeking accommodations at D.C.‘s most luxurious hotel, a photo opportunity in the hotel’s “Oval Office,” or indulging in “The Body Politic” special spa treatments, Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. offers entertaining options for all traveler preferences.Inauguration 2005 Packages
Visitors coming to the nation’s capital for Inauguration 2005 can enjoy the festivities with the “Presidential Inauguration Package” offered at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.  This five-day, four-night package, January 17 - 21, 2005, offers the most luxurious accommodations in Washington with lavish keepsakes presented nightly.  Packages range in price from $1,920 to $3,080 for deluxe and premiere guest room accommodations or from $4,100 to $11,500 for suite accommodations.

Guestrooms and suites at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. will delight visitors with décor marrying Asian elegance with stylish traditional touches, set against a backdrop of breathtaking water and city views.  Rooms feature luxurious Fili D’Oro linens, customized furnishings, high-speed Internet access, flat screen televisions, Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities and lavish marble bathrooms, many with views from generous soaking tubs.  Guest rooms range from nearly 400 square feet to more than 700 square feet.  At 3,500 square feet, the three-bedroom Presidential Suite offers panoramic views from floor-to-ceiling windows. 

The additional 52 spacious luxury suites feature a variety of configurations and amenities.

There is a four-night minimum stay requirement for all Inauguration packages and the rate does not include tax.  Advance payment is required and is non-refundable.  For reservations and additional information on Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C., please call 1-888-888-1778 or visit

The Oval Office
While the Oval Office in The White House may be off limits to visitors, a replica of a portion of the Oval Office will be on display in The Gallery at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C., through January 30, 2005.  Guests will want to bring a camera as they will have the opportunity to sit behind a desk, with the U.S. flag and the President’s flag along with a life-size cut-out of President George W. Bush. 


As the most important room in The White House and the center of all decision making, the Oval Office is the symbol of the U.S. Presidency, democracy, strength and reassurance. While the decor of the Oval Office has changed to suit each President’s tastes, the United States flag and the President’s flag remain constant, as does the mantel from the original 1909 Oval Office and the presidential seal in the ceiling.  The presidential coat-of-arms appears in the carpet in front of the desk.  Many of these features have been replicated at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.‘s Gallery for the inaugural festivities.

Visitors are encouraged to call 202-554-8588 prior to visiting the Oval Office to ensure a
function is not being held in The Gallery. Regular daily viewing hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

“The Body Politic” at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
“The Body Politic,” with its lighthearted political theme, offers genuine, therapeutic spa treatments, packaged for the politically minded during the inauguration.  The non-partisan
“Body Politic” package offers both “Liberal” and “Conservative” experiences, and both include foot rituals, aromatherapy and extensive massage.  The body treatments offer a twist: each is uniquely designed with characteristics attributed to either political philosophy. 

The “Body Politic, Liberal Experience” will offer the opportunity to change and reform the body’s constitution with a free-flowing, exotic Balinese massage.  Organic aromatherapy products, in harmony with environment, are used throughout.  The “Body Politic, Conservative Experience” promotes well-being through more traditional, deep-tissue massage techniques,
stimulating muscles to help promote a sense of inner strength.  A gentle facial for sensitive skin is also part of the Conservative program.

Each of “The Body Politic” treatments, whether Liberal or Conservative, is 3 hours and costs $425, inclusive of 18% gratuity and local tax.  These special political treatments are available through Inauguration Day 2005, (January 20, 2005).  For additional information about “The Body Politic” treatments, or to schedule an appointment at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. please call directly at (202) 787-6100. 



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