THE lights finally went out on the Beijing 2000 bid last night when the once illuminated displays outside hotels failed to light up the sky and staff ventured out into the miserable weather to take down the familiar banners. Hotels which had lent their support to Beijing's bid were united in their disappointment as messages of support were hurriedly removed. But all was not doom and gloom, with many looking forward to the city's next bid to stage the Games. General manager of the Excelsior Hotel, Liam Lambert, said: ''The lights will be staying out on our display, although we are thinking about replacing the final nought on the Beijing 2000 logo with a four or an eight in preparation for the next bid. ''We hope Beijing will get to host the Olympics in 2004, although with eight being such an auspicious number for the Chinese, perhaps 2008 will be the city's year.'' The Excelsior's lighting display in support of Beijing's bid cost it nearly $40,000, but Mr Lambert said there were no regrets. ''There was a great feeling here that Beijing should have got the 2000 Games but it was only the city's first attempt and we feel certain it will be lucky second time round,'' he said. The giant Beijing logo which spans two storeys of the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel and stretches across ten rooms also had its lights switched off yesterday morning. A spokesman for the hotel said: ''We have been very enthusiastic in our support for the bid and of course we are all very disappointed. We plan to take the lights down soon and just hope Beijing will be lucky next time.'' Suitably bedraggled Beijing 2000 banners were taken down from outside the Metropole and Sheraton hotels and from outside Central Plaza. A spokesman for the Sheraton said: ''We will have the banner cleaned and keep it for the memory. We are all very disappointed that Beijing didn't get the Games but in the true spirit of the Olympics we accept the decision.'' At the Park Hotel, a two-tier Beijing 2000 cake was taken out of the window and put into storage. ''We are disappointed because we had some ideas in mind for our cake shop if Beijing won the bid but maybe we can use the big cake for the city's next attempt,'' publicity manager Stella Lam said. A mammoth fruit cake in the shape of a tennis shoe was also taken off display at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, while the special Beijing 2000 bread display at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile ended up in the bin. But although hotel lobbies were full of long faces following the vote, there was little doubt that Beijing will get the same show of support from the hotel industry next time it makes an Olympic bid. ''Of course there is disappointment, but there is also a lot of hope and enthusiasm for future Beijing bids,'' a spokesman for the Ramada Renaissance, in Kowloon, said.