Watergate Hotel Is Back and Banking on History, Glamorous or Scandalous
Room keys instruct guests, “No need to break in.” The voice of former President Richard M. Nixon
will soon be heard in the public bathrooms and provides the soundtrack
for the hotel’s phone system — which happens to get its number,
617-1972, from June 17, 1972, the day five men broke into the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex and changed history.
After their development firm, Euro Capital Properties, bought the property for $45 million in 2010, they brought on Ron Arad, an Israeli designer, to rework the space and bring the hotel back in line with Mr. Moretti’s original curvilinear design
The hotel expanded the number of guest rooms to 336, about 80 more than
its earlier incarnation had. Presidential suites, which start at $12,000
a night, have sweeping views of the Potomac and nearby Georgetown. A
new rooftop bar opening this summer will have 360-degree views of the
city and the surrounding area.