International New York-based real estate developer, Euro Capital Properties, announced yesterday the opening of The Watergate Hotel after undergoing an extensive $125 million renovation to restore the property to its historic exuberance. The hotel has been closed for renovations since 2007.
An American icon situated on the banks of the Potomac River, The Watergate Hotel offers a luxurious urban resort experience for the world's most discerning leisure and business travelers. Originally designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti in 1961 to look like a sail on the Potomac, the hotel made waves with its groundbreaking contemporary style and came to epitomize the fabulous lifestyle and sophistication of its time when it opened in March 1967. The hotel's current owners, Euro Capital Properties, tapped world-renowned designer Ron Arad and Italian designer Moroso to complement the avant-garde architecture with bold curves and mid-century modern design while restoring some of hotel's original structures such as the staircase and indoor pool. Acclaimed architectural and interior design firm BBGM was the architect for the project.
"The Watergate is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and illustrious hotels in the world," said Rakel Cohen, Senior Vice President of Design and Development, Euro Capital Properties. "We paid meticulous attention to every detail in its renovation and we're excited to bring our vision to life. Its intrigue is driven by evocative design, from the deep-rooted retro feel to the mystique that lies behind every curve of the hotel's architecture."
Rooms with a View
The hotel consists of 336 stylish guestrooms designed for comfort and sophistication, half of which include lavish balconies. Six exquisite Diplomat Suites, 24 premier suites and two stately Presidential Suites offer the highest standard of luxury accommodations. Each guestroom features natural light that brings out the soothing color palettes along with plush bedding, floor-to-ceiling Zebrano marble bathrooms with solid granite vanities, superior in-room amenities, 24-hour in-room dining, cutting edge technology, diffusers featuring the hotel's signature Red Flower Oakwood scent, and more.
Both local residents and visitors have an array of options for unapologetically luxurious gastronomy and libations on property, all overseen by Executive Chef Michael Santoro.
- Kingbird, accepting reservations as of today, is a dual-concept restaurant offering a contemporary dining room with an energetic bar, riverfront outdoor seating and an elegant dining room for a prix fixe dinner. The menu features ingredient-driven American cuisine with a French twist, paired with an impressive, global wine list.
- The Next Whisky Bar, seamlessly carved into the lobby, stands vertical with an undulating wall of custom whisky bottles featuring labels sculpted and stamped out of metal, bathing the space in a bronze glow. An expansive spirit list highlights whisky, bourbon and rye from small batch producers and large distillers, and a variety of cigars will be available for purchase to enjoy on the terrace or rooftop.
- Top of the Gate, a palatial rooftop with 360-degree views of the Potomac River, Capitol and Washington Monument will open this summer. The hotel's first-ever rooftop lounge will be the best view in town, clad with heat lamps and a fire pit, where you can enjoy bottle service, signature cocktails and Asian street food.
Opulent Spa Services
The Watergate Hotel will debut Argentta Spa in early summer. The 12,000 sq. ft. facility features eight treatment suites, a unisex steam room and nail salon, male and female changing rooms, sauna and steam rooms and a relaxation area for guests to unwind pre-and post-treatment. The space also boasts an over-sized 15-yard indoor, saltwater pool as well as a whirlpool, an aqua aerobic space, barre studio and a state-of-the-art gym.
Meetings & Events
Ideal for all types of events, the hotel features 27,000 sq. ft. of meeting and function space with 11 flexible indoor / outdoor spaces. A new addition to the historic property, the elegant 7,000 sq. ft. Moretti Grand Ballroom, features state-of-the-art technology, LED light panels and a statement wall built from Gucci marble along with an additional 10,000 square feet of outdoor space overlooking the Potomac.
The Watergate Hotel is located at 2650 Virginia Ave NW in Washington, D.C.