Rather than stray away from its controversial past, the Watergate Hotel totally owns its scandalous history as it makes its way back onto the hotel market. In a recently released trailer video, the hotel shows pictures of women wearing pearl necklaces or fur coats, men drinking whiskey, and an ominous lion with cameras flashing every few seconds. Meanwhile the words "We've never been a stranger to slander," flash on the screen. After its $125 million renovation, the Watergate Hotel is doing its best to be as flashy as it can be since it closed in 2007. The hotel is expected to open in the late summer of 2015 with a completely transformed interior that is described as having an "urban resort" feel.
While the exterior of the hotel remains unchanged, the interior has been almost completely redone. The renovation added two meeting spaces, a 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom, and a 1,800-square-foot junior ballroom. It doesn't end there as the hotel now also includes a 350-person rooftop lounge, two dining rooms, whiskey bar, cigar lounge, four terraces, and a lobby bar, as reported by the Washington Business Journal. Originally, the hotel contained 251 rooms, but the number grew to 340 with each room ranging from 400- to 650-square-feet. Standard rooms will be priced at $400 a night.
· Watergate's $125 million renovation will restore its midcentury grandeur (Video) [Washington Business Journal]
· Watergate Hotel renovation could begin in March [Washington Business Journal]