Beltway Happenings 
Nov. 20, 2008--With two months to go until Inauguration Day, the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC held an "Inaugural Trade Show."  VIPs and media could get a sense of what the Ritz-Carlton will be offering during the week of festivities.  The Ritz-Carlton's "economic-minded" $50,000 Politically Correct package provides a four-night stay in a luxury suite "in the spirit of affordable luxury with a philanthropic endeavor."  A bath butler will draw baths, and guest bathrooms will feature custom handmade soaps from Harmony Creek Farm.  During their stay, guests will be able to satisfy their hunger at the The Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert.  The special Inaugural menu and wine pairing features "Hamachi Tartare with pineapple, cilantro and lime juice, Sauteeed Mahi Mahi, prepared with macadmia brown butter and served with bok choy; and Mango Cheesecake Parfait served with coconut sorbet."  Each night, guests will receive a different turn down amenity.  On the first night, Saks Fifth Avenue is providing his and hers bags (contents yet to be divulged); on the second night, guests will receive two books; on the third night there will be a "Survival Kit;" and on the fourth night they will receive Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies (prepared by the Culinary Job Training Students of DC Central Kitchen and the chefs of The Ritz Carlton).  Upon completion of their visit, guests will be presented with the pillowcases, embroidered with their initials.  (more)

See also: Other hotel packages.

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