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.
How to Get There
I was psyched to stay at the Watergate Hotel after years of curiosity. I traditionally rely on hotel staff to help with planning my visit whether it's a concierge for restaurants or arranging spa treatments at the hotel and there were some very strong staff to assist. Theo, the concierge, was particularly helpful picking the perfect restaurants for our stay. And the doormen/bell captain were so friendly and helpful. The rooms are good, not great, for a 5 star hotel and the service was not at the same level as the Four Seasons. But it is a worthy property with an awesome roof deck bar and great spa. I would stay there again for sure.
The staff was outstanding and made every effort to go above and beyond to please their guests. We were given a very nice upgrade with the Platinum AMEX reservation. It is obvious that they are trying very hard to make this a great property.
Zacharia is an incredible natural story teller who should have his own TV show.
We loved hearing about the Watergate scandal & who knew we were staying next door to the unmarked ‘scandal room’!
You must look him up and pay him a visit when you are next in Washington! The Watergate Hotel is fabulous btw and the Top of the gate roof top bar is amazing... for
Great location: 5 minute walk to Foggy Bottom station. Beautiful walk along the Potomac to the national mall, but a lot of construction going on there as well. On good-weather days, the sidewalk is packed and there is not much room. Because of this we preferred to walk up Virginia Ave.
We had a wonderful visit in DC and thoroughly enjoyed the Watergate Hotel. Staff was outstanding; restaurant great; location ideal for amazing Hamilton at Kennedy Center. Especially kind and fun with my grandaughter's two miniature toy poodles.