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Jagger wins suite war against Dubya

was the battle of the hotel room for George W Bush and Rolling Stone frontman

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 21:19 IST

It was the battle of the hotel room for George W Bush and Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger, when the singer refused to give up his suite to the US President.

Jagger hired the luxury Royal Suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, which is rated to be among the top 100 hotel rooms in the world, where the Stones are due to perform in June.

In doing so, he beat Bush’s aides to the punch, when they tried to book it to tie in with a summit meeting.

A source said that Jagger, an out-spoken Bush critic, had refused to budge from the 3,600 a night suite when the US President’s aides came calling.

“White House officials had wanted to reserve the suite and all the other rooms on the first floor. But Mick and the Stones had already booked every one of them. Bush’s people seemed to be under the impression that they would just hand over the suites but there was no way Mick was going to do that,” The Sun quoted the source, as saying.

And, it was Bush throwing in the towel first, for the hotel confirmed that he would no longer be staying there.