The Watergate to Reopen as Luxury Hotel

The Watergate to Reopen as Luxury Hotel
With a modern reinvention from its scandalous past, the restoration infuses intriguing design within one of the most fascinating hotels in history.

A true American icon situated on the banks of the Potomac River and just steps away from the capital's chic Georgetown neighborhood, The Watergate will create an original luxury experience for the world's most discerning leisure and business travelers. Originally designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti in 1961, the hotel made waves with its groundbreaking contemporary style and quickly came to epitomize the fabulous lifestyle and sophistication of its time. Now the hotel's current owners, Euro Capital Properties, have tapped world-renowned designer Ron Arad to complement the flowing, avant-garde architecture with classic elegance and bold mid-century modern design. In a nod to the hotel's Italian heritage and inspired by its distinctive undulations, Arad looked to sculptural, modern furnishings by Italian designer Moroso.

“The Watergate is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and illustrious hotels in the world,” said Rakel Cohen, Director of Design and Development, Euro Capital Properties. “We have paid meticulous attention to every detail in its renovation. With luxurious amenities and exceptional service in tandem with the sophisticated aesthetic, we are excited to bring our vision to life and make this a truly spectacular property. Its intrigue is driven by evocative design, from the retro feel that we have infused to the mystique that lies behind every curve of the hotel's architecture.”

Extraordinary Rooms With a View

The hotel will consist of 343 upscale and stylish guestrooms, 95 percent of which will feature breathtaking views of the Potomac River. Enhancing its idyllic riverfront positioning, approximately half of all guestrooms will boast lavish balconies. Guests will be able to enjoy multiple premier suites including five exquisite Diplomat Suites and two stately Presidential Suites offering the highest standard of luxury.

Each guestroom will feature spectacular natural light and stunning views along with plush bedding, floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms, superior in-room amenities and cutting edge technology. Tech-savvy guests will appreciate the ability to control virtually every aspect of their stay via a supremely innovative smartphone application. Additional guest amenities include 24-hour in-room dining, dry cleaning and full laundry services, complimentary shoeshine and a daily newspaper of guests' choice.

Destination Dining

Guests and local residents will have an array of options for gastronomy and libations on property, including inventive casual and fine dining establishments. A lively casual restaurant will entice guests, residents and visitors alike with an energetic bar, contemporary dining room, elegant and seasonally inspired menu, and an outdoor patio overlooking the river. For more intimate occasions or sophisticated events, the fine dining restaurant will envelop guests with subtle luxury and tranquil hospitality. The innovative menu will showcase ingredient-driven American cuisine with a French twist, paired with an impressive wine list celebrating some of the world's best-known regions.

Places to be Seen or Unseen

An opulent whisky bar, fusing historic Washington, D.C. with the modern vibrancy of the hotel, is poised to become a favorite for Washington's most powerful. A signature undulating art sculpture of exclusive metals and whisky bottles defines the space, which features the best Scotch, American craft whiskeys and an array of liquors, creating an exclusive setting for high-caliber meetings or an intimate tete-a-tete.

The Watergate will also boast a palatial rooftop with 360-degree views of the river, the Capitol and the Washington Monument. Home to a bevy of well-appointed amenities including a fire pit and bottle service options, the rooftop will serve as a luxurious respite from the bustling city. It will be the perfect place for an after work cocktail or to host an exclusive event with the best view in town.

Sensational Spa Services

Catering to guests' health, wellness and beauty needs, The Watergate will offer a capacious spa and fitness facility. The world-class spa will feature eight tranquil treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms and a relaxation area for guests to unwind pre- and post-treatment. The space boasts an over-sized 15-yard indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, and superb group studios for yoga and fitness classes. Manicures and pedicures will also be available at the spa.

Meetings & Events

One of the key aspects of the hotel's renovation was the addition of extensive meeting and event spaces, which previously did not exist in the building's footprint, and is sure to be one of the most sought after locations in Washington, D.C. For those looking to host lavish events, The Watergate will offer 17,000 square feet of meeting and function space catering to a multitude of occasions including corporate training sessions, weddings, galas and more. The 11 flexible indoor spaces include several rooms with natural light and river views, an elegant 7,000 square-foot grand ballroom that features state-of-the-art technology and several configurations, as well as an additional 10,000 square-foot outdoor terrace overlooking the Potomac.

The Watergate Hotel is conveniently located near many of Washington, D.C.'s most popular destinations including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Georgetown Riverfront. Situated in the heart of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, a mere one mile from The White House, leisure travelers can be in walking distance to Georgetown shopping, George Washington University, Embassy Row and the picturesque Dupont Circle. Business travelers will be in close distance to the Central Business Districts of K Street, L Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, and The U.S. Department of State. The Watergate is approximately ten minutes by car from the Ronald Regan Washington National Airport and the Metro is accessible via the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.

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