The Watergate Hotel

Washington DC, USA

The hotel

The Watergate Hotel has been making headlines since its 1965 launch. Back then it was because of its trailblazing curving architecture, which mimicked the bordering Potomac River and riled the DC conservatives. Then it was for the legendary 1972 Watergate scandal – you can even tour the notorious Room 214 today (if it’s not occupied). But today it’s for its luxury, with musts like free WiFi and bike hire eclipsed by the Argentta Spa’s sleek pool; Kingbird’s fine American dining; The Next Whisky Bar’s amber nectar and matching décor; the summer rooftop bar’s 360 degree skyline views, and its Foggy Bottom location, 10 minutes’ stroll from Georgetown and 1.4 miles from The White House.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in a prime location overlooking the Potomac River on one side, and the Kennedy Centre on the other. Short walk from Georgetown shops, bars and restaurants, and 1-mile from the Lincoln Memorial. Transfer time from Washington International Airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

336 rooms and suites, all with flat screen TV, plush bathrobes, La Bottega bath amenities, mini-bar*, iron and board, hairdryer, Nespresso™ coffee machine and safe. Superior Double Rooms are 275 sq ft, and have 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Double with Balcony Rooms are 300–375 sq ft and feature a private furnished balcony, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe King with Balcony Rooms are as above, but have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe King with River View Rooms are located on higher floors with views of the Potomac River, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premier Double with River View and Balcony Rooms are 375–450 sq ft, and feature views of the Potomac River from the furnished private balcony, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Premier King with River View and Balcony Rooms are as above, but have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Kingbird (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). The Next Whiskey Bar. Top of the Gate (rooftop bar and lounge). Afternoon tea* (Saturdays and Sundays, between 2:00–4:00pm only). Room service*. Indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Spa*. Fitness centre. Valet parking $52 plus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change). Complimentary WiFi.

This hotel has a resort fee of $25 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee includes use of the following amenities - Access to the indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room - Access to the 24-hour fitness centre with bottled water and towel service - Complimentary bike rental (subject to availability) - Car service within 2 miles of the hotel (subject to availability) - Overnight shoe shine service - Local and long distance domestic phone calls - Morning coffee in the lobby - Daily newspapers - Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: children under the age of 16 years are not permitted to stay in a room with balcony.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Phenomenal service

Jul 17, 2021 866cyndyc

We very much enjoyed our 5 day stay at the Watergate! We initially booked here because it was dog-friendly and was close to many of the sites to see in DC at a reasonable price. We were greeted at the door upon arrival by Teddy- who truly delivered double platinum service for our entire stay. He was a wonderful ambassador for the Watergate and he… Read more
We very much enjoyed our 5 day stay at the Watergate! We initially booked here because it was dog-friendly and was close to many of the sites to see in DC at a reasonable price. We were greeted at the door upon arrival by Teddy- who truly delivered double platinum service for our entire stay. He was a wonderful ambassador for the Watergate and he made us feel so cared for. Our dog was also very welcomed and we felt safe to leave him in the room while we went sightseeing to places that did not allow dogs. We also very much enjoyed our massages at the Spa. Lisa, my massage therapist was wonderful - in fact one of the best I have had! Perfect pressure to get my muscles to relax without leaving me with bruises and feeling sore the next day. Soooo relaxing Many sites were short Uber rides away and for some may be walkable in 30 minutes. With all the walking and standing we did all day at the sites- we decided to take an Uber to and from the hotel. Highly recommend the Watergate! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic Hotel, awesome service and rooms

Jul 14, 2021 TTTKKK12

We had such a great time at the Watergate Hotel! EVERY time we left or entered the front doors, we were greeted by hosts that opened the doors and said Hello! Many times we were offered cold water for those really warm days! It was very nice! The Whiskey Bar was so cool with a great 70's vibe and good drinks and food. The Top of the Gate… Read more
We had such a great time at the Watergate Hotel! EVERY time we left or entered the front doors, we were greeted by hosts that opened the doors and said Hello! Many times we were offered cold water for those really warm days! It was very nice! The Whiskey Bar was so cool with a great 70's vibe and good drinks and food. The Top of the Gate restaurant at the top of the hotel, had amazing awesome views and was delightful. The housekeeping was terrific and did a wonderful job. I think this hotel is 10 stars and we will be back! Thank you Pascal (Manager) as you were very cordial and kind to us as well. Thank you for seeking us out and making sure our stay was everything we had hoped and then some! Great job at the Watergate Hotel with customer service, staffing and hospitality. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very disappointed with the watergate

Jul 6, 2021 meg-mag17 Denver, Colorado

We planned a trip to DC for the 4th of July and wanted the nicest hotel possible within walking distance of the national mall. We were very disappointed with the Watergate. When we checked in on a Saturday evening, we were not allowed to go to rooftop restaurant as planned because it was raining. Instead, the front desk told us to walk in the dark… Read more
We planned a trip to DC for the 4th of July and wanted the nicest hotel possible within walking distance of the national mall. We were very disappointed with the Watergate. When we checked in on a Saturday evening, we were not allowed to go to rooftop restaurant as planned because it was raining. Instead, the front desk told us to walk in the dark and rain to a restaurant (with a nine year old). Also, the rooftop is closed Mon-Wed, which we did not know. We had friends with us who live in DC and the hotel literally had nothing open to get food or drinks. We called room service several times and got an answering machine. One of our friends finally walked to a convenience store to get drinks. I finally reached room service and ordered two bottles of wine, just in case. Not bad, I thought, at $35 a bottle. They were individual sized bottles…. Then room service closed for dinner at like 9 pm. Our balcony is littered with cigarette butts and if you open the door, smoke from adjacent balconies wafts in. But to top it all off, the suite next to us threw a college party all Monday night with screaming and slamming doors and pounding music coming through the walls all night. We finally called the front desk at 4 am-though the room phones don’t work, so my husband had to go down to the front desk. They offered to move us rooms about 5 am. We all feel like we have been hit by a truck. We travel pretty regularly and stay at nice places-and this was not good. At $500 a night. Opt for the Willard or the Hay-Adams. This was seriously underwhelming and uncomfortable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disappointing

Jun 7, 2021 BW2495 SF Bay Area

I was really looking forward to my stay at the Watergate, given the historical nature of the property. While it is billed as a luxury property, in reality, it really needs some attention. The guest room, on 99 degree days, had a barely-functioning air conditioning unit that couldn’t put out cool air. The towels were mostly worn and in some cases… Read more
I was really looking forward to my stay at the Watergate, given the historical nature of the property. While it is billed as a luxury property, in reality, it really needs some attention. The guest room, on 99 degree days, had a barely-functioning air conditioning unit that couldn’t put out cool air. The towels were mostly worn and in some cases threadbare. The furnishings and fixtures are showing wear. The shower had the excellent water pressure, and was large and well-appointed. (Who doesn’t love a good hotel bathroom?!) The rooftop bar, Top of the Gate, presents itself as exclusive, with cocktail prices to match; their drinks are $25+ and are the weakest pours I’ve ever had. The view is nice on clear evenings, but we were seated at 9:30 and told it was last call. Okkkkk, thanks for making us feel welcome when your hours are listed as open until midnight! The location is very close to Embassy Row and Georgetown is a quick 15 minute walk away. Other than those redeeming factors, there isn’t much to justify the price per night, plus a resort fee, for amenities that aren’t even open. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating HORRIBLE SERVICE FOR SUCH EXPENSIVE PRICES

Jun 5, 2021 95aleksandard Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Staying at the hotel for 10 days. Second day I called front desk to ask for extra towels and coffee. Got no answer. Called housekeeping, same thing. Every department I called had no answer. Then I went to the front desk and filed an official complaint for the lack of service for $350 a night and asked for them to bring up towels and coffee while… Read more
Staying at the hotel for 10 days. Second day I called front desk to ask for extra towels and coffee. Got no answer. Called housekeeping, same thing. Every department I called had no answer. Then I went to the front desk and filed an official complaint for the lack of service for $350 a night and asked for them to bring up towels and coffee while we were at a friend's place. When we got back...no towels and. O coffee. Then I called front desk and complained again, asking for towels and coffee. The representative really did not seem to care about the issue. His tone was similar to one of an employee who really does not care about the organization. So after a whole day of perpetually asking for towels and coffee, I was not given any towels or coffee. 10 days, $350 a night. $3500.....and I can't get a FREAKING TOWEL. As an ex General manager of hotels, I am extremely disappointed and appalled at the level of service. I WILL NEVER STAY HERE AGAIN AND AM SEARCHING FOR A NEW HOTEL TO SWITCH TO. Read less