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Every four years Americans pile into Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of the newest leader of the free world, and every four years hotels in the area sellout almost immediately after election night. But not this year. This year, nobody (except the shocking number of Americans who voted for him) wants to see Donald Trump be sworn in as the next president of the United States.


The Washington Post spoke with several hoteliers in D.C., starting with the St. Regis which, 36 hours after Trump’s win, still hadn’t received a single reservation for the January 20 “celebration.”

“Nope, zero, nothing,” Douglas Camp, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, told the outlet. “Dead silence.”

But as WaPo hilariously pointed out, “that wasn’t exactly true. The hotel did receive two calls on Wednesday morning — both from Democrats looking to cancel their previously made reservations.”

On the flip side, Trump supporters may not have actually expected him to win; hence the delay. “I think a lot of people are trying to digest the outcome and figure out their plans,” said Shane Krige, general manager of the Fairmont in Georgetown, who noted a slow uptake this year. “This has been a complicated election.”

Complicated indeed. Some hotels have reported “a steady stream of inquiries” and while The Hotel George and Hotel Monaco are nearly 90 percent booked for the inauguration, “the bulk of those reservations are from businesses, media outlets, special interest groups and lobbyists who would have attended regardless of the election’s outcome,” WaPo reports.

The same is true for The Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport which owes their near-full inauguration occupancy rate to pre-election bookings from student groups and the Department of Homeland Security. But let Tammy Bowser, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, tell it, “People who didn’t think they’d ever have a reason to come to Washington” are just “trying to figure out how to get here.” Only will tell if that assumption proves true or Trump will be looking out onto a bare National Mall come January 20.

St. Regis

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