Washington’s Legendary Watergate Hotel Set for Fall Debut

The Watergate Hotel main entrance sign
The Watergate Hotel // Photo by Paulo Galli

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Currently undergoing a $125 million renovation, the infamous Watergate Hotel is set to reopen in late summer or early fall. As reported by The Washington Post, the hotel’s new owners, Euro Capital Properties, recently hosted a ceremony to celebrate the hotel’s new grand ballroom, during which they announced the upcoming opening date. To quote The Post, the makeover “promises to restore glamour and celebrity to the once high-end hotel inside the 10-acre Watergate complex made famous by the 1972 burglary that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.”

The hotel has been closed since 2007, and the hope is that its reopening will rejuvenate the DC neighborhood abutting the Kennedy Center. The renovated Watergate Hotel will have a spa, a fitness center, an indoor pool, and—la crème de la crème—a rooftop lounge overlooking the Potomac.

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Rakel Cohen, Euro Capital’s director of design and development, is quoted as saying: “It is really going to be like it used to be; powerful people, intimate conversations, a place where people will feel so special.”

The five-star hotel will also have a whisky bar, restaurants and 27,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Staff will sport “retro-inspired uniforms” by Janie Bryant, an Emmy Award winning TV costume designer.

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