October 31, 2008

Luxe Life: Got $200 grand lying around? We've got a suggestion for your Inauguration happenings.

In today's crunched economy, we're continually being told that it's unseemly to flaunt your wealth, shop at Barneys, Bergdorfs or Bendels and especially irresponsible to make large purchases like homes, yachts, or luxe travel arrangements.

Propriety be damned with the Mandarin Oriental's jaw-droppingly luxe Inauguration 2009 package. If you've got $200,900 lying around, here's what it can getcha:

Presidential Privilege

A five-day, four night stay (Jan 17-21, 2009) in the ultra-luxe 3,500 square foot Presidential Suite, daily in-suite breakfast, designer outfits for Inaugural events from Ralph Lauren, a chauffer-driven Maserati Quattroporte for five days (with a daily backseat hamper of champers and exotic snacks), a fully-stocked en-suite fridge with your favorite drinks and snacks, an exclusive dinner for eight guests at CityZen (prepared by none other than Eric Ziebold himself, natch), vintage Vueve Cliquot and caviar for two, served daily at dusk in the Presidential Suite's sitting room, which over looks the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin, and daily two-hour spa treatments at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental.

But your journey doesn't end there. In addition to a selection of DC-based collectibles, plus robes, you'll also get ten weekend overnight stays in a waterview room to use throughout the year, and a $10,000 donation made in your name to the new First Lady's favorite charity.

A former hotel publicist for the Mandarin recently dished to us over brunch that the package has never before been purchased, but in 2004, a client "strongly considered" the option before backing out at the last minute. If anyone will spring for it this year. We're betting top dollar that it's something that would stroke the ego of this big spender and his lucky 20-something lady love of the moment.

In case you're actually thinking about throwing down for the package, it's available via direct booking at 202.554.8588.

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