Posted by: Catie | November 24, 2008

Inauguration tickets, hotels going fast in D.C.

Was2024342Tickets to the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama seem to be really hard to come by, but Washington, D.C. tourism officials say lodging isn’t so impossible to find. 

The New York Times last week blogged, “Tickets! Tickets! Who’s Got Tickets?” The Times reported that “senators and members of Congress have been so overwhelmed with requests that they are trying to figure out a way to make more tickets available.”

The New York Daily News is reporting “most of the 95,000 hotel rooms in D.C., have already been gobbled up. Budget-oriented hotels are charging three to five times their normal rates and requiring a four-night minimum stay. Rooms at Comfort Inn Downtown are going for more than $500 a night.”

But tourism officials in the D.C. area are giving hope to anyone who wants to travel to Washington, D.C. on this historic day, but hasn’t booked a place to stay.obama2

They say if you try to book a hotel online from Jan. 19 to 20, you probably won’t be successful.
But if you go to Web sites, such as Craigslist, you probably will have luck finding individuals renting space in private homes or apartments.
As for the tickets to the inauguration, there’s still a chance to scoop up a pair: Some senators, including Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., are having a lottery to decide who gets tickets. Schumer’s office is accepting requests for tickets until midnight on Nov. 30. The lottery will take place Dec. 5. Winners will be notified later that day. There’s a limit of two tickets per household.

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