/ / / / / /

The Unofficial Shonda Rhimes Guide To Washington D.C.'s "Scandal"-ous Hotels

November 7, 2012 at 2:35 AM | by | ()

If you’re like us, you are completely addicted to Shonda Rhimes’ heart-stopping political drama, “Scandal”, which takes place in Washington, D.C. The gripping series is about a president torn in more ways than we can count (watch and see!).

We figure on this Election Day, if you have to wait in line to vote for the next president, and while we all wait for the results, we'll entertain you with a few famous D.C. hotels that have been the location of a juicy scandal or two.

The hit television show's fictitious president Fitzgerald Grant seems to prefer his dalliances and dirt to occur in the White House and sometimes even in broad daylight! We think Rhimes should take some clues to these real-life political dramas and give us some hotel highlights to look forward to on Thursday nights!

The swanky Mayflower Hotel, built in 1925, has seen its fair share of bold names at its Connecticut Avenue location. The Hollywood crowd and the well-heeled have spent time here. But amid its polished interior is one big smidge of dirt that New York’s then Governor Eliot Spitzer brought to the hotel, and can’t be removed. In 2008, Spitzer aka “Client 9”, was nabbed by the feds for hiring a $3,000 prostitute from New York and arranging to have her brought to him to the Mayflower for a little tête-à-tête. He resigned the day after the news broke out.

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City has been the location for two different incidents. In 1998 during the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton catastrophe, White House employee Linda Tripp and Lewinsky met at the hotel for lunch, in which Tripp recorded their conversation at the request of the FBI. Incidentally, the agency had rented a room at the hotel, and days later, Lewinsky was detained there for 11 hours by nine prosecutors and FBI agents in the hotel’s now famous Room 1012. That same year, sportscaster Marv Albert and his paramour Vanessa Perhach had met up at the hotel, but a supposedly romantic tryst ultimately ended badly when Perhach accused Albert of biting her (all pre Twilight, obviously).

In 1990, what is now the Westin Washington, D.C. City Center was then called the Vista International Hotel, and the site of one of the capital city's most embarrassing episodes. Just five blocks from the White House, then mayor Marion Barry was holed up in Room 727 with a woman named Rasheeda Moore. Think this was just another affair? Nope. FBI agents, who had installed cameras in the room, caught the official smoking crack, and busted in the room to arrest him. Barry’s infamous line as he was lead out of the hotel in cuffs? “B-tch set me up!” Miraculously, after a six-month stint in federal prison and four-year duck out of the limelight, Barry was re-elected mayor!

[Photos:ABC/dbking & Ashley]

Archived Comments:

Hay Adams too

I just started watching this show and in the second episode, a prostitute named Ginger Belle gets arrested in the lobby of the Hay Adams. :)