The Watergate Hotel
What We Love
- The nostalgia that brings you back in the 70s, when the biggest political scandal in American history unfolded inside these walls
- Sipping an Old Fashioned at Top of the Gate, the hotel’s open-air rooftop bar with 360-degree river and skyline views
- The 15-meter saltwater lap pool next to the full-service spa
- Hobnobbing with the capital’s power players at Kingbird, the striking ground-floor restaurant
What To Know
- Most room categories have the option of city or river views
- Pets of up to 50 lbs. are allowed, but a $150 daily fee is charged
- Trendy neighborhoods like Georgetown or Dupont Circle are about 20 minutes away
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Its maxim may be “unapologetically luxurious,” but don’t expect traditional luxury at the Watergate Hotel, whose high-impact contemporary design is enhanced by a dose of irreverence. Working off the original 1967 structure designed by Luigi Moretti (a concrete-and-metal curvilinear building protected by The National Register of Historic Places), architect Ron Arad reinvented the interiors’ prominent sinuous shapes, covering them in sleek bent steel, polished timber, and glass vitrines. Playful touches alluding to the past are everywhere, including staff uniforms created by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and room key cards that read “no need to break in.” It’s an American icon reborn.
All 336 rooms have a seductive, rather masculine style conveyed by grey fabrics, dark wood accents, and eye-catching mid-century furnishings, plus all the amenities expected of a luxury hotel. Superior Rooms, the standard option, start at 260 square feet, while One Bedroom Suites start at 520 square feet. Marble-clad bathrooms are stocked with high-quality La Bottega products.
The Watergate is a significant addition to D.C.’s dining and nightlife scene, with alluring options like The Next Whisky Bar (named after lyrics by The Doors), where more than 2,000 bottles of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon are displayed in wall-to-wall curvaceous vitrines covering the entire space. Kingbird, the double-height restaurant on the ground floor, is a place to see and be seen while eating French and American classics like steak frites or lobster rolls. Unobstructed views of the Potomac River and the city skyline, plus Asian bites, are on offer at Top of the Gate, the rooftop lounge.
The Watergate Hotel, part of the 1960’s Watergate complex facing the Potomac River, is a lively addition to the centrally located but somewhat staid neighborhood of Foggy Bottom. The National Mall and its monuments are about a 20-minute walk away.
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I stayed here with a coworker for business and it was a great experience! The customer service by the entire staff was above and beyond, they could not do enough to accommodate us. We especially loved Marshall - incredibly helpful! Not to mention, the beautiful decor and retro feel. A fantastic experience, will absolutely stay there again when visiting DC.
We stayed here for 1 night and really loved the hotel. The room was spacious, very clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. Beautiful linens and towels were replaced at the turn down service. It was easy walking distance to the Georgetown waterfront and a little longer to M Street shops. The staff were welcoming and gave us a late checkout with no problem.
One of the best there is in DC . . .
The rooftop bar view is splendid, as is the price. Sunset is a very special time of day. You can only get but a glimpse of it and from then on it is a memory. Make your loved one and yourself happy!