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 WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 ~PRNewswire~ -- So you've booked the $23,000 presidential suite at the Ritz Carlton? Better keep your sunglasses on and register under an assumed name if you're hoping to court favor with President-elect Bill Clinton. Gov. Clinton already has set the tone that overspending and pretentiousness are out; all-American value and support of small business is in. Prominent Democratic groups have followed his lead by reserving rooms at several budget and economy Choice hotels in and around Washington for inauguration week.
 The New Hampshire Inaugural Committee, which played a key role in Bill Clinton's campaign success, has booked 50 rooms at Choice's Comfort Inn Landmark in Alexandria, Va., for $65 a night -- including breakfast. The hotel offers no limos -- the Metro will do -- no room service -- a nearby coffee shop is fine -- and no health spas -- jogging shoes can go anywhere.
 One hundred rooms are being held by the Democratic National Committee at Choice's Econo Lodge North on New York Avenue in the District of Columbia.
 Other Choice hotels in D.C., Arlington, Va., the Mount Vernon area and Old Town Alexandria are booked by Democrats ranging from DNC members to high school marching bands from around the country.
 "If the Clinton administration can manage the national economy with the same fiscally responsible zeal they have for finding value- oriented, affordable hotels, this country will be in great shape in no time," said Robert C. Hazard, chairman and CEO of Choice, the largest hotel franchisor in the world. "We market our hotels to people looking for exceptional value without a lot of bells and whistles, and the Democrats have responded well to our appeal." Choice is credited with introducing the limited-service hotels concept to the lodging industry.
 For example, Comfort and Econo Lodge rates in and around Washington typically fall well below the set government per diem rate of $110. Even the rate at the all-new Quality Hotel Central on Connecticut Avenue -- which just completed a $6 million renovation -- is nearly 33 percent lower than the Hilton across the street.
 Clinton is no stranger to Choice hotels, having stayed at the Comfort Inn in Erie, Pa., this past Aug. 23, while campaigning with Al Gore.
 There are 45 Choice hotels in the metropolitan Washington area. A complete listing of the 12 closest in-town Choice hotels and their inaugural rates follows.
 Choice Hotels International is the largest hotel franchisor in the world with nearly 2,900 hotels in 29 countries under the Comfort, Quality, Econo Lodge, Clarion, Rodeway, Friendship and Sleep brands. Reservations can be made by calling 800-4-CHOICE.
 Affordable Inauguration Rates at Choice Hotels
 Quality Hotel Capitol Hill
 415 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington
 -- Rates are $159 single and $179 double
 -- Four-night minimum stay with 30-day pre-payment policy~no
 cancellation without penalty
 -- 1~2 block from Capitol grounds, subway and train station &
 Smithsonian four blocks
 Quality Hotel Central
 1900 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington
 -- Rates are $155 single and $170 double ($15 each additional
 -- Four-night minimum stay with deposit sent 30 days prior~four-
 week cancellation policy
 -- Embassy area, Smithsonian museums, Capitol 2 miles, White
 House 1 mile, metro within walking distance, sightseeing tours
 Recently reopened after a $6 million renovation of guest rooms, restaurant and lobby. Directly across the street from the Washington Hilton with rates 33 percent lower.
 Econo Lodge
 1600 New York Ave. N.E., Washington
 -- Rates $49.95 single and $52.95 double
 -- White House 2 miles, Union Station Metro 1 mile, sightseeing
 tours available, heated indoor pool
 Quality Hotel
 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.
 -- $75 single; $85 double; $10 extra person
 -- Two-night minimum
 -- 2-1~2 blocks from Metro; 6 miles to monuments & downtown D.C.;
 rate includes American breakfast buffet; limited free parking
 plus ample parking nearby; restaurants on premises; adjacent
 to shopping mall and cinemas
 Comfort Inn Ballston
 1211 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Va.
 -- Rates are $82 single or double
 -- Three-night minimum stay with a 50 percent deposit within five
 days of arrival
 -- 4 blocks to the subway, U.S. Capitol and Smithsonian 6 miles,
 White House 5 miles, Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials 3 miles
 Quality Inn
 6461 Edsall Road, Alexandria, Va.
 -- $85 single; $95 double; $10 extra person
 -- Four-night minimum for Jan. 18 arrivals; three-night minimum
 for Jan. 19 arrivals; no arrivals accepted Jan. 20
 -- 12 miles south of D.C.; courtesy shuttle to Metro; rate
 includes American breakfast buffet
 Econo Lodge Old Town
 700 N. Washington St., Alexandria, Va.
 -- $49.95 single; $54.95 double; $59.95 two people two beds;
 $5 extra person
 -- Three-day minimum; no cancellations after Dec. 30
 -- Airport shuttle avail. mornings & evenings except Sunday;
 6 blocks from Metro
 Comfort Inn Landmark
 6254 Duke St., Alexandria, Va.
 Host hotel for the New Hampshire Inaugural Committee
 -- $65 single; $6 per extra person
 -- No minimum stay requirement
 -- One mile from Metro (served by Metro Bus); 7 miles from
 downtown; continental breakfast included; whirlpool rooms and
 executive floor available
 Comfort Inn Mount Vernon
 7212 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Va.
 -- $58 single; $62 double
 -- Two-night minimum stay
 -- Rate includes continental breakfast; 2 miles from Metro with
 parking at Metro; D.C. tours pick up and drop off at the
 hotel; historic Mount Vernon nearby
 Econo Lodge North
 3335 Lee Highway, Arlington, Va.
 -- $32.95 single; $34.95 double
 -- No minimum stay required
 -- 4 miles to downtown D.C.; free morning coffee; D.C. tours pick
 up and drop off at hotel
 Econo Lodge National Airport
 2485 S. Glebe Road, Arlington, Va.
 -- $65 single; $75 double
 -- Two-night minimum for arrivals Jan. 17-19
 -- 1 mile to Metro; 2-1~2 miles to National Airport; courtesy
 shuttle to Metro and Airport weekdays 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
 Econo Lodge West
 6800 Lee Highway, Arlington, Va.
 -- $59 single or double
 -- Three-night minimum for arrivals Jan. 18, 19 or 20
 -- 2-1~2 blocks from Metro; 7 miles to downtown D.C.; free
 coffee; D.C. tours pick up and drop off at hotel
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 ~CONTACT: Betsy Bromberg O'Rourke of Choice Hotels International, 301-236-5032~

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