Manassas-area hotels apparently aren't completely booked this coming weekend, despite the historic 2013 inauguration in Washington, D.C.
For the most part, Manassas appears to be outside the radius around Washington, D.C. where visitors will lay their heads to rest en masse in the days leading up to Monday.
President Barack Obama's second inauguration is not expected to bring the record crowds seen during his first inauguration in 2009, and fewer people coming to town means there are deals to be had at area hotels.
There are single-bed rooms available at the Days Inn Hotel on Centreville Road in Yorkshire, just over the Fairfax County line, but staff said the hotel has no double bed rooms for Saturday or Sunday night.
There were 12 rooms available for the entire weekend as of Wednesday night, according to staff.
The Best Western Hotel on Mathis Avenue between Manassas Park and Manassas still has rooms, especially after a large group canceled this week, staff said.
The Fourt Points Sheraton just off Sudley Road near the Manassas Battlefield is seeing an influx of reservations, but staff said exact numbers weren't available.
And in historic Old Town Manassas at the Old Towne Inn, bussiness appears to be as usual for this coming weekend. Staff said they aren't expecting to see an influx of guests at all in connection with the inauguration.
"Hotel rooms still exist," said Kate Gibbs, a spokesperson for Destination DC, a a private, non-profit corporation that markets Washington's tourism industries.
Gibbs said many hotels close to D.C. were requiring three-and-four night reservations initially, but as demand has proven to be less now than four years ago, prices are dropping and minimum stay requirements are disappearing.
"2009 was a record-breaking year, and as a result the inauguration drew 1. 8 million to the Mall," said Gibbs.
Meanwhile, at the "epicenter" 30 or so miles east of Manassas in the District, rooms are a harder to come by, but they do exist.
"The 2009 inauguration was such a historic event, hotels were booked just days after Election Day in 2008," said Mark Indre, a market director for Marriott in the DC area. "It’s still going to be a festive fun weekend, just not as frenetic as it was four years ago."
The Marriott Wardman Park is offering one-night stays for $519 per night. The Marriott at Metro Center is offering one-night stays for $599 per night. Indre said the Marriott Metro Center is just finishing up rooms renovations and the hotel is literally steps away from the inaugural parade route.
Nearby the Georgetown Holiday Inn still has rooms available for several nights over inauguration weekend. A room with a queen bed is running $294 plus taxes per night.
According to Hotels.com the average room rate in DC for bookings Jan. 18 – 22, 2013 is $303.
Hotels.com also provided the average price points by star ratings for bookings Jan. 18 – 22, 2013
- 1.5 star $115
- 2 star $170
- 3 star $251
- 4 star $423
- 5 star $956
For much more inauguration information, see Patch's 2013 Presidential Inauguration Guide here.