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.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Scandalous Suite was....Scandalous

Jan 2, 2021 ShaunKilby Washington DC, District of Columbia

Arrival: Quick, Courteous, no concerns. Room: Clean, Interesting, Well Put Together for Historical Significance. The bath water refused to get hot, and I'm not picky, but it was barely warm. Service: This is where it gets interesting. I booked the "Scandelous Experience", which comes with a bottle of wine, popcorn, and a few episodes from the… Read more
Arrival: Quick, Courteous, no concerns. Room: Clean, Interesting, Well Put Together for Historical Significance. The bath water refused to get hot, and I'm not picky, but it was barely warm. Service: This is where it gets interesting. I booked the "Scandelous Experience", which comes with a bottle of wine, popcorn, and a few episodes from the show Scandal. When I called to inquire about the wine, I was abruptly told there was no wine with my package. When I referenced the website directly, I was told that the deal was pre-covid. Now, this rate was $70 more than the base rate, so while I didn't argue the point, I considered making sure I got the rate reduced on my departure. Then, 10 minutes later, a manager arrived with a bottle of wine for which I was grateful. When we ordered room service dessert, we were quickly told no room service during covid. I called back to speak with a manager, and I was not allowed to speak with the floor manager, was told to deal with it as its a covid rule that I need to go down to the restaurant to physically order dessert. I'm uncertain as to how it's possible that physcially going downstairs to order something is more dangerous than dessert being left at my door, but, those are the rules. My issue is definitely with the way it was presented, the righteous tone that was used, and the ridiculousness of the rule to begin with. Not to mention they brought ice to the room twice with no mask on. Amenities: Pool was the only thing open, EVERYTHING else was closed, and only 3 people could go in at a time (there were 10 when we went, so didn't go in). Departure: Smooth, other than being charged 32.47 for a "movie" that was never ordered. Best Part....Price: $1600, for a basic queen sized room (called a suite because it's the one they staked out in to nail Nixon), with no amenities, no dine in, no room service, no hot water, and rude staff....kind of unreal. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful stay to ring in the New Year

Jan 1, 2021 helizma Washington DC, District of Columbia

My boyfriend and I stayed New Year's Eve in favor of a quiet but special evening to end 2020. The room was beautiful and the service was excellent. We were well taken care of by the front desk, and despite my fear staying in a hotel during covid, I felt they did a perfect job of maintaining CDC guidelines while still keeping to a high standard of… Read more
My boyfriend and I stayed New Year's Eve in favor of a quiet but special evening to end 2020. The room was beautiful and the service was excellent. We were well taken care of by the front desk, and despite my fear staying in a hotel during covid, I felt they did a perfect job of maintaining CDC guidelines while still keeping to a high standard of service. They also have a heated pool that they max out to 3 people at a time so we were able to get some pool time in the evening. They also have private igloos which we didn't take part in, but they're definitely the nicest igloos I've seen in DC during the pandemic. Overall we had a wonderful time and I'm happy to see a hotel still in full swing during this time. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Elegant Staycation

Jan 1, 2021 HBK2014 Washington DC, District of Columbia

We enjoyed our first visit to the iconic Watergate Hotel! While it does show some signs of needing some updating here and there, the hotel is sparkling clean and the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. We had a very pleasant, quiet night with a lovely river view. Everything we might have wanted was in the room--even large umbrellas for… Read more
We enjoyed our first visit to the iconic Watergate Hotel! While it does show some signs of needing some updating here and there, the hotel is sparkling clean and the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. We had a very pleasant, quiet night with a lovely river view. Everything we might have wanted was in the room--even large umbrellas for strolling through Georgetown had there been inclement weather. We also took advantage of the igloo in the Next Whiskey Bar which was such a treat, so warm and cozy and festive. The food was good but it all came to us cold which was disappointing. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating still waiting on promised Covid refund from The Watergate Hotel - six months!

Dec 9, 2020 lavionavecvitesse Baltimore, Maryland

I have enjoyed staying here in previous years (usually 4 to 5 stars) so please note the two stars of "poor" reflects the lack of follow-through and contact from The Watergate Hotel In mid-March The Watergate Hotel promised a covid-19 refund for an early March reservation. I have called many times and left messages to no avail. Yesterday I spoke… Read more
I have enjoyed staying here in previous years (usually 4 to 5 stars) so please note the two stars of "poor" reflects the lack of follow-through and contact from The Watergate Hotel In mid-March The Watergate Hotel promised a covid-19 refund for an early March reservation. I have called many times and left messages to no avail. Yesterday I spoke with a sympathetic ear at the front desk who _promised_ I would receive a call by the end of the day - nothing! Any help or suggestions would be appreciated as I see here on TripAdvisor that other have received refunds from The Watergate. Merci and thank you! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice Staycation

Nov 22, 2020 dyf2013 Washington DC, District of Columbia

Just needed a change of scenery and decided to give The Watergate a try. I've driven by numerous times and never thought of staying until I saw other reviews calling it a quiet spot in the city. And that's exactly what it was. The location is close to everything but still off the beat and path. Check-in was quick and staff were polite and helpful.… Read more
Just needed a change of scenery and decided to give The Watergate a try. I've driven by numerous times and never thought of staying until I saw other reviews calling it a quiet spot in the city. And that's exactly what it was. The location is close to everything but still off the beat and path. Check-in was quick and staff were polite and helpful. The hotel was clean and safety precautions were in place. I selected a river review with a balcony and thankfully the weather was unseasonably warm so I could enjoy it. Was extremely thankful for the mini in-room refrigerator. I also was able to take advantage of the indoor pool which I had to myself. The only drawback is the walls are thin so you can hear the murmur of music and conversations in the next door rooms. But this definitely wasn't a deal breaker and I will stay again. Read less