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For $200,000, an inauguration and a lifestyle

No one bought the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's "Presidential Privilege" package—instead, the hotel rented the suite for a mere $8,000 a night—but details of the spurned offering illustrate the scale of luxury possible at the inauguration:

_Five days and four nights in the 3,500-square-foot, 14-room, three-bedroom Presidential Suite, with views of the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument.

_Private jet service to and from Washington.

_A chauffeur-driven Maybach, a superluxury car costing more than $400,000, on call.

_24-hour personal butler service.

_Breakfast in bed daily.

_Five-course dinner party for eight in-suite, prepared by the hotel's award-winning chef.

_Daily two-hour spa treatments, at the hotel spa or in-suite, including manicures and pedicures.

_Designer formalwear from Neiman Marcus, including an emerald ring, a crystal bag and a mink coat for her; and a watch, cufflinks and a coat for him.

_Daily champagne and caviar for two, served as the sun sets over the monuments.

_Chanel makeover and "updo" hairstyle for her.

_ 20-set DVD collection of Washington movies.

_Monogrammed robes with party affiliation.

_Nightly turndown keepsakes.

_Tickets to an inaugural event.

_An American flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol.

"It really is a big-wow suite. ... At the Mandarin Oriental, we're selling a lifestyle," said Ellen Gale, a spokeswoman for the Mandarin Oriental Washington.


(c) 2005, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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