Watergate Hotel to Reopen Next Summer
The reinvigorated Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., will once again accept guests beginning next summer 2015, following a $125 million renovation. The famous site of the Watergate burglaries in 1972, originally designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti in 1961, the hotel now is in the hands of designer Ron Arad, who is charged with turning it into a top luxury property. Most of the 343 guest rooms will have views of the Potomac River and many will have balconies. Food options will include a casual restaurant, a whiskey bar, a fine-dining outlet and an outdoor patio. A spa will be on the property, along with an indoor swimming pool and group studios for yoga and fitness classes. The Watergate will feature 17,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom.