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Hotel Rooms Still Available

If you thought Washington's hotels were booked up for the Obama-thon, think again.

The District's official tourism office, Destination DC, reports that there are 15,000 rooms available in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District.

A total of 800 rooms remain available within the District limits, said Victoria Isley, Destination's senior vice president for marketing.

For weeks, Isley said, word has spread across the country that the region was booked up in anticipation of Obama's historic swearing in. But she said that impression was incorrectly conveyed because hotels, faced with the anticipated demand, withdrew their rooms from on-line travel services such as Travelocity in order to exert tighter control over their bookings.

Destination came up with its own numbers by surveying the hotel owners.

"Those people who have their hearts set on being here for the historic day can still do it," Isley said.

For more information about hotel availability call Destination's visitors service line at 800-422-8644.

By Paul Schwartzman

By David A Nakamura  |  January 14, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  | Category:  Housing
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Vacancies? So much for the second coming.

Posted by: forgetthis | January 14, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

With the all out blitz to discourage people from coming to the inauguration, I am amazed there are any rooms reserved. I wanted to come but I am going to stay home. The horror stories about needing to bring food, blankets, and toilet paper plus waiting for hours to get on the Metro have sealed the deal for me.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | January 14, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling we're not going to see the mess that has been predicted. DC officials have done all that they can to discourage people from coming downtown on Tuesday. They shouldn't be surprised that people heeded their advice.

Posted by: _virginian_ | January 14, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Who cares anyway? Watch it on TV. Why waste your money with the economy being how it is? Oh, I forgot as soon as Obama takes office everything is going to be fixed immediately.

Posted by: vlad21311 | January 14, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. What about the two million or three million, or was it four million that are going to flock in to see the messiah? Or was that just a wishful, drooling media fantasy? I think the latter.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 14, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

November's hype: Hotels sold out, four million people, houses out in Faquier county renting for $20,000 per week.

January's reality: Please somebody rent these hotel rooms! Did we say 4 million? We meant 2 million. Or maybe 1 million. Maybe 500,000.

Posted by: wapo9 | January 14, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope that there will be at least as many people as the Half a Million Man March.

Posted by: thelaw1 | January 14, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse


Tigga please! Don't be surveying the entire states of Maryland and Virginia either, yo. There are hotel rooms available in Cumberland? Bristol?

Philadelphia is closer.

Posted by: jcovey | January 14, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Do you reject Jesus Christ and accept Barack Obama as your personal Lord and Savior?

Posted by: Leftie | January 14, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the all-white Secret Service and Metro Police who are scared of all of the black church ladies with purses coming down to see Mr. Obama. They skeered of black people wit dey guns, guards, and gates!

Ain't no mountain high enough!


Posted by: bs2004 | January 14, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The Hotels sold blocks of room to resellers. The resellers should have been required to pay advance deposits all everyone. Now, the prices are much lower!!! I am going NOW!!!

Posted by: FutureJumps | January 14, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Greed and media hysteria have certainly thrown a wet blanket over this inauguration.

The local tv newscasters continue in their frenzied blather - breathlessly reporting the certain doom that a crush of millions of people will bring upon us all.

Posted by: 8-man | January 14, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

In fairness, the only people who have referred to Mr. Obama as "the messiah" are those who are upset at his election, not his supporters. Further, while I agree that the hype about the impending doom of the inaugural logistics was completely ridiculous, that hype came from the media and the DC government, not from the President-elect's transition team. Give the guy a chance people.

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | January 14, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

With the high overpriced hotel prices that might be why people aren't booking rooms. With the great train transportation it makes since to get a hotel room way out of the area at lease you wont get overchanged. Even Fred Thompson put his DC place up for rental at 100,000 dollars a night. Republicans will bleed Americans as much as possible until they can't anymore.
The Bush supporting Republicans have forgotten Americans have wised up to their tricks and lies.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 14, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Why should anyone go to the inaugural! The opportunity for some kind of terrorist attack is extremely high! I would rather stay at home and watch it on T.V. in the beautiful warm Florida sun!

Posted by: charko825 | January 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

You can thank the little suck-up loser, Adrian Fenty, for starting this silliness. His "4 Million" number will go down in history as one of the most stupid, irresponsible, and absurd things ever mouthed by an elected officials in local history. All it did was scare people away.

Posted by: Jaxxon | January 14, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

HELLO WORLD ---- Congratulations to our new President Barack Obama and
First Lady Michelle Obama. THANK GOD

Greetings to all Michael Baisden listeners...

One of our groups canceled a few rooms at the world class Gaylord
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Monument - home of the FallenSoldiersInc Africa Ball. The Gaylord has

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Gaylord National is $625 + taxes and hotel fees. The Gaylord is
presently sold out on the 20th. The arrival pattern is flexible with
guests allowed to check in on the 17th or 18th. Both hotels require 4

Additionally, there are very affordable rooms available at the
Sheraton 4 Points in Harrisburg, PA and the Homewood Suites in Glen
Allen, VA (in the Greater Richmond area). These perimeter rooms come
with a complimentary Hot American Breakfast. The Sheraton 4 Points is
$129 and the Homewood Suites is $139 + taxes and hotel fees. Both
hotels require 2 nights (1/19-1/21).

Many Blessings!!! Peace.

For reservations, please call or email:

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Posted by: bhtceo3838 | January 15, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The hotels that were requiring 5 day minimums at $500+ a night are the ones that still have a few rooms. They've reduced their rates and most are only requiring 2-3 days now, a few aren't requiring any minimum. There aren't very many of them in D.C. There are plenty in Baltimore and Wilmington though, if anybody wants to catch Obama and Biden on the train.

Posted by: sandnsea | January 16, 2009 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Gaylord National Resort $599 a night, NO Minimum Stay required.

Inauguration Hotel Room Tribute SALE
in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
and our new President Barack Obama

For The 56th Presidential Inauguration - January 20, 2009

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