The Watergate has an interesting place in my memory. I’m too young to know it for its scandalous history, but it WAS where I bought all my groceries when I first lived in DC.
There was a market in its basement and I lived a few blocks away. I spent so much time there, so I felt sad when it shuttered. Oh yeah, and it was the site of a monumental event in American history.
But the Watergate will be (soft) re-opening this Tuesday! They are embracing the scandal:
Among the Watergate’s amenities are a restaurant, spa, swimming pool, whiskey bar and cigar lounge. Much of the furniture throughout the property has been custom-made to look like it’s from the 1960s, and employee uniforms were created by “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant. Guest key cards say “No need to break in,” in a nod to the Watergate burglary scandal at the nearby office building that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.
According to the hotel website, opening rates are around $300 a night. I probably won’t stay overnight (it’s a little silly to spend that much to stay in the city I live in), but I definitely will stop by the whiskey/cigar lounge.
Later this year, they will be opening a rooftop bar with kickass views.
While the Watergate has been purchased before with the intent of opening, it was purchased by a company that spread its investments a little thin.
I’m happy to see it back in action.