At Long Last, Watergate Hotel Is Back

By Matt Swenson, April 18, 2016

In Washington, D.C., a city where the government operates slowly and the Metro even slower, delays come with the territory. So it comes as little surprise that the anticipated debut of the revamped Watergate Hotel was pushed back from summer 2015 to May 2016—fitting for a property that will forever be entangled with political drama. The setbacks may simply add to the excitement surrounding the unveiling of a $125 million makeover at the 336-room Watergate, shuttered for more than seven years.

“It’s the return of a legend,” says Managing Director Johnny So, who moved east from St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California. Indeed, The Watergate is hardly running from its history, as infamous as it may be. Tongue-in-cheek references include marketing taglines like “You don’t need to break in” and pencils that read “I stole this from The Watergate.”

Watergate: Part 2 has already drawn interest from many of D.C.’s staples, says So: Embassies, associations and law firms are eager to take advantage of its outdoor terraces overlooking the Potomac. The addition of new ballrooms has increased total meeting space to 27,000 square feet, including a whiskey bar in the lobby and a rooftop bar for up to 400 people.

(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)

Martin Enault, chief operating officer of C2, who shared behind-the-scenes details about the event and gave us a glimpse into the future of C2.

What are the best venues to host events and meetings? We begin our year-long quest in the East. Please feel out this short survey and we'll post the results

New trends in technology, F&B and events experiences point to big things for the industry in 2018.

A new $16 million renovation pays homage to The American Hotel’s place in history. The property was the first integrated hotel in Downtown Atlanta.

The Latest