WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The $10,000-a-night suite at the W Hotel in Northwest D.C. is still available for Inauguration weekend. There's a four-night minimum.
And, apparently, many other hotel rooms across the District and beyond haven't been booked yet either for the big event.
Edward Baten, General Manager of the W Hotel tells us why he thinks rooms are slow to book. "The reservations cycle is moving a little bit slower than we anticipated, even for a second inauguration, and there's a lot of speculation as to why. There seems to be some conversation that the pending fiscal cliff may have something to do with it," he said.
The hotel has other rooms available, at less fancy pricetags. But Baten says the hotel is worth it. "We have the best views in Washington. See the parade procession on Pennsylvania Avenue or 15th Street as it passes by the hotel, and we happen to be one of the closest hotels to the White House."
We hit Craigslist to find less expensive alternatives, and that led us to Joshua Muzuma. He rents a charming three-story home near Rock Creek Park, and placed an ad to fill his home's empty rooms at just $99 a person. He says the response has been amazing. " I am sold out, 50% of it, and I have left the other 50% to those latecomers, because then they'll have no choice, so I can put my price a little higher," he said.
You have to like living with other people, though. Muzuma lives here with seven others, mostly interns.
The bottom line is that both the W and Muzuma say they expect to be sold out by the time Inauguration weekend rolls around. It's just taking a little longer than anticipated.