The Watergate Hotel adds some new scandal to its storied history

The Watergate Hotel
2650 Virgina Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

The Pitch Located along a scenic stretch of the Potomac near the Kennedy Center, the five-star Watergate Hotel blends luxury with hipness. Originally built in 1967, the hotel recently underwent a US$200-million renovation that took two years to complete. The result is a vibrant urban resort. Guestrooms, outfitted in mid-century modern designs in shades of white, gray and camel, are welcoming. Guests have access to a state-of-the-art saline pool as well as a gym that rivals that of any exclusive club. And the discrete guest service provided by the staff is one of the high marks at this establishment.

Don’t Miss The lobby’s sleek whisky bar comes complete with nearly 250 bottles housed in a spherical art sculpture, but it’s the outdoor, heated and transparent “igloos” that make one’s stay even more enjoyable. Rentable by the hours (with a two-hour minimum), these creative, cozy seating areas are the winter version of the exclusive hotel beach cabana. Guests can order off the Next Whisky Bar menu or take advantage of three signature menus exclusive to the igloos.

What We Love “The Scandal Room” is a must do. The hotel recently debuted The Watergate Scandal Room 214, which debuted this past October, was conceptualized and designed by Lyn Paolo, costume designer of the television series Scandal and Shameless, along with Rakel Cohen, co-owner of the hotel. The result is a one-a-kind accommodation. Stand-out features include a wall of news clippings from the time of the break in, furniture pieces reminiscent of the 1970s, binoculars, a working typewriter, record player and cassette tape player. 

Rooms from US$270 (US$800 for The Scandal Room 214).

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