Its website includes this disclaimer: "It's not true that couples are getting married and divorced multiple times just to take advantage of this offer."
The website belongs to the 370-room L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C., and the offer is a free honeymoon in Mexico for couples who hold their wedding reception at the hotel.
The hotel struck a deal with Barcelo Hotels & Resorts to give away a six-night stay at one of the all-inclusive Barcelo Resorts in Mexico plus a $300 credit toward airfare to couples who book a reception costing at least $18,500 by Dec. 1. The event and the honeymoon must be completed by Dec. 31, 2009. The cost does not include taxes and service charges.
Other wedding package benefits include special rates on guest rooms for the wedding party and a concierge to arrange transportation to and from the site of the ceremony. Reception venues include the Grand Ballroom, the Monet Ballroom and the Solarium.
The hotel is within walking distance of the Smithsonian museums and the National Mall and has direct access to the Metro. Guest rooms offer views of the national monuments, city and river or plaza.
To reserve a wedding event, contact the hotel's wedding coordinator, Monica Lee, at [email protected] or call (202) 646-4452. For additional information, visit www.lenfantplazahotel.com/weddings.