Iconic Watergate Hotel to Reopen Following $125 Million Renovation
PxHOTO: Watergate Hotel lobby rendering. (photo courtesy of the Watergate Hotel)
Washington, D.C.'s Watergate Hotel is synonymous with scandal. But when the iconic hotel reopens next month following an extensive $125 million renovation, it's likely to connote modern luxury.
The hotel has been closed for the past several years during the renovation process but is set to reopen with a plethora of new and exciting features, including a rooftop lounge, a lobby-based whiskey bar and a full spa.
There will also be a health center and a restaurant called Kingbird set to open shortly after the hotel's relaunch.
The 336-room accommodation will boast a combined 17,000 square feet of indoor event space and another 10,000 square feet of outdoor space.
Designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti in the early 1960s, the Watergate Complex, which is comprised of office and residential buildings as well as commercial space, is easy to recognize thanks to its unique exterior.
"People will still recognize the familiar exterior," Euro Capital Properties senior vice president of design and development Rakel Cohen told Mashable. "We wanted to be the first to really embrace the building’s history, avant-garde architecture and bold curves."
While the property will have a new look when it reopens this June, it isn't running from its history but rather embracing it. For example, guests will receive key cards that read "no need to break in," referring to the June 1972 break-in that prompted the infamous scandal.
Opened in 1967, the Watergate Hotel has been unavailable to travelers for nearly a decade as a result of an ownership battle that took place prior to the four-year renovation.
The Watergate Hotel, notwithstanding, 14 new hotels are scheduled to open in the nation's capital this year. "D.C. is looking to be a better-positioned market than it’s been in a long time," lodging analyst David Loeb told the Washington Post.
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