The Watergate Hotel
Iconic, inimitable, and legendary, The Watergate Hotel stands alone in its design, quality of service, and unique place in American history. Recently reimagined for the 21st century, its dramatic chic, sleek interior — courtesy of Ron Arad — complements period features. The hotel has set a new high standard, from the rippling, copper lobby and the retro uniforms designed by Mad Men’s Janie Bryant, to the luxurious décor of the guestrooms and suites — try the gorgeous new Rose Suite, ideal for bridal showers and afternoon tea parties.
- Choose from 337 stylish guestrooms and suites, including the infamous Scandal Room
- Order a gourmet picnic-to-go from Chef Michael Santoro
- Experience traditional afternoon tea and then pedal to the river on a classic bike
- Dine on Kingbird’s outstanding dishes, including black truffle cavatelli
- Enjoy Potomac River and Washington, D.C., skyline views from the rooftop lounge
- Choose your whisky from an extensive menu and top it off with a cigar at The Next Whisky Bar, stunningly decorated with illuminated bottles
- Swim in the indoor pool, and get a jade-stone massage at the 12,500-sq-ft Argentta Spa
Completely renovated to the sum of $125 million, The Watergate Hotel reopened its doors in 2016, transformed into a 21st century destination that redefines luxury. Many of the original features of the 1960s Luigi Moretti-designed building have been restored, while architect Ron Arad and Italian design company Moroso have updated the interiors to signal the next chapter in the fascinating history of this iconic hotel. It is the perfect place to have your wedding, big event, business meeting, or personal vacation in the federal capital of the United States.
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Each of the highly sophisticated 337 guestrooms and suites have been meticulously designed to offer exceptional comfort, contemporary luxury, and refined glamour, with La Bottega bath amenities, deluxe bathrobes, goose down comforters, and carefully selected furniture adding to an ambiance that feels exclusive and glamorous. Book a deluxe or premier room for private balconies and spectacular rooms, and the presidential suite for a fireplace. For something truly special, consider the hotel’s Scandal Room: formerly Room 214, it was the “HQ of the Watergate break-in,” and is today decorated with memorabilia from the 1960s.
The well-informed, extremely attentive concierge team at the hotel can assist with all your queries, from booking transportation to making tailored recommendations. The Watergate Hotel’s variety of event spaces are perfect for weddings, parties, and professional gatherings.
The hotel’s drinking and dining options elevate understated elegance into a fine art. Flagship restaurant Kingbird merges thoughtful seasonal fare with panoramic views of the Potomac, amber-hued The Next Whisky Bar is a sizzling place for cocktails, and the rooftop Top of the Gate lets the scenery speak for itself.
Kingbird – Kingbird specializes in upscale American dining with a French flair; enjoy views of the hotel garden and Potomac River from floor-to-ceiling windows while feasting on dishes such as lobster risotto with pickled ramps.
The Bar at Kingbird – Head to the restaurant bar for quiet drinks, as well as appetizing nibbles. The Oyster Happy Hour is a particular treat, and features a “rotating” selection of oysters.
Beer Garden at Kingbird Terrace – Views of the Potomac, a laid-back atmosphere, and quality craft beers on tap — this beer garden is a charming space to relax in late afternoon, and early evening.
Top of the Gate – Some of the best views in the nation’s capital await at Top of the Gate. Contemplate a panoramic 360-degree perspective of Georgetown and the Potomac, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Monument. Try a Frozen Negroni or a Scottish Lemonade.
The Next Whisky Bar – The amber-gold glow of the Watergate’s in-house whisky bar is truly something to behold. A copper wall guides you into the comfy armchairs ringed by a curving display of 2,500 whisky bottles. Sample one of the incomparable selections of Scotch, whisky cocktails, and spirits from around the world.
Relax at the hotel’s wellness center with a swim in the pool, a manicure or massage in the spa, or a detoxifying session in the sauna and steam room. Alternatively, do some cardio or weight training in the fully-equipped gym, or push your limits with the help of a personal trainer. For a special occasion, ask about the Pedal and Picnic offering, which features food and drink put together by the chef, and stylish retro bicycles on loan for your adventure. The concierge team will advise on a suitable picnic spot.
Beyond the amazing hotel, wander around Georgetown, stopping by boutiques, galleries, and cafes. Stroll along the Potomac River and explore the waterfront parks. Catch a show at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts or at the National Symphony Orchestra. Visit the iconic Lincoln Memorial, the reflecting pond, the White House and the many museums of the Smithsonian, such as the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of Natural History.
The Watergate Hotel
The Watergate Hotel’s Georgetown location puts you within easy reach of Washington, D.C.’s historical monuments, museums, shopping, and restaurants. Theodore Roosevelt Island is just across the bridge, and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and several waterfront parks are nearby.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is 6 mi / 9 km away.
Dulles International Airport is 27 mi / 43 km away.
The Foggy Bottom Metro station is a short walk from the hotel.
Washington Union Station is around a 20-minute drive away.