Washington’s Watergate Hotel Debuts the Argentta Spa

The Watergate Hotel main entrance sign
Photo by Paulo Galli

Good news for D.C. spa junkies. The legendary Watergate Hotel—which reopened in June 2016 after a $200 million renovation—has just unveiled the Argentta Spa. The name “Argentta” is inspired by the Italian word for silver (“argento”)—an homage both to the hotel’s original architect Luigi Moretti, and also the precious metal known for its healing properties. Silver is therefore found in the design of the spa: the color palette and the mosaic tiles of the original indoor pool (now restored).

The $3.5 million spa is open to both hotel guests and members. Encompassing 10,500 square feet, the spa has six treatment rooms, one couples suite, a nail salon, a fitness club with Technogym equipment, saunas, steam rooms and a whirlpool. Nice perk: Before or after treatments, guests can indulge in complimentary Prosecco and macarons in the relaxation lounge.

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From anti-ageing facials to massages, the spa menu offers a diverse range of 60-, 90- and 120-minute treatments, with a special express menu of 30-minute options. Signatures include the Argentta Seven Elements Ritual and The Strengthening Facial, a deluxe two-hour experience which incorporates liquid silver. Product lines include Cellcosmet + Cellmen by Cellap Laboratoire, Red Flower, and Caudalie. 

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