Watergate Hotel

The Watergate Hotel is set to reopen in the summer of 2015 after a seven-year period during which the legendary Washington DC hotel was closed and had its ownership up for question on more than one occasion. Now owned by Euro Capital, the hotel is benefiting from a multimillion-dollar renovation that aims to bring it up to speed with modern luxury standards. Since the Watergate Hotel and the rest of the Watergate Complex are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the modern-era exterior of the Watergate Hotel will remain much as it was. The focus of the renovation project was primarily aimed at the interior spaces instead, and among the most highly anticipated additions is the rooftop bar.

Watergate Hotel DC
Watergate Hotel DC  Image: Ken Lund (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0

The Watergate Hotel offers the opportunity for luxury lodging seekers to stay at a location with a rather famous, or should we say infamous, attachment. The Watergate Complex was the target of the 1972 burglary that led to President Nixon’s resignation. Another thing that is sure to appeal to some Watergate Hotel guests, if not all, is the property’s location at 2650 Virginia Avenue NW. Not only is it convenient to the National Mall, but to the Downtown district as well.


If you have stayed at the Watergate Hotel in the past, prepare yourself for massive changes upon return. All 13 floors of the 277,000-square-foot hotel were gutted and had virtually everything replaced. High-end, imported finishes couple with new electrical and mechanical systems to bring a fresh new appeal to the floors and rooms. The décor in the guest units could be described as minimalist chic with a retro edge that celebrates the hotel’s original mid-century design. Common amenities in the 343 Watergate Hotel rooms include premium bedding, MP3-compatible docking stations, sleek flat screen TVs that are mounted on the walls, and convenient work desks with ergonomic chairs. It should be noted that most of the rooms at the Watergate Hotel offer views of the Potomac River.

Rooftop Bar

The Watergate Hotel in Washington DC features splendid facilities for guests to take advantage of when they aren’t relaxing in their rooms or out exploring the city. These facilities include a pair of restaurants, a whiskey bar, a spa, and 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space. No discussion about the hotel would be complete without also highlighting the rooftop terraces and rooftop bar. The rooftop bar at the Watergate Hotel can accommodate up to 350 people and is a great place to socialize when the weather is nice. While taking it all in, guests of the Watergate Hotel’s rooftop bar can enjoy views of other famous Washington DC landmarks, such as the lofty Washington Monument.

Top image: Kyle Rush (flickr)

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