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
We thought we made a good choice booking a room at a “historical” hotel. A big mistake. We were greeted by an unfriendly foreign front desk person. The room was mediocre at best, super outdated and untidy. I can’t believe they call this a 4-5 star hotel?!? Seriously?!
So much noise at night , people talking in hallways at 1am. So sad that we chose this hotel and will never repeat the mistake again. The only plus was the friendly doorman.
Booked here because of the interconnecting rooms reviewed and advertised. Worked out great -had super rooms separate but private hall way between on high floor with balcony and views of Potomac. Service and advice was top notch , take a bow Theo on concierge desk. Great locale to stay in some much more evening life than downtown.Breakfast super, rooms space and decor great, relaxed place. Saw pool, gym on last day looked great too - will aspire to use next time.
Amazing stay! A must do is a suite upgrade. The view from the balcony is epic! Marine one flying back and forth, rowers on the Potomac, and an amazing sunset! The staff is warm and friendly. Wish I could’ve visited the spa, reason to return!