Short Stay: Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C. – Review

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View from the author's room

View from the author’s room


A writing desk with an ergonomic chair was situated next to the TV, and was comfortable for extended periods of sitting. Internet was fast and complimentary.

The hotel’s Moretti Grand Ballroom provides 7,000 square feet (650 square meters) of space, and ten additional meeting rooms of various sizes are located throughout the property.


The spa, pool, and fitness center were undergoing renovations and not open to the public, although they are set to reopen this fall. A review of those facilities will have to wait for a future visit.

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For breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, Kingbird, I ordered the smoked brisket hash, which was extraordinary. The meat was tender and tasty, and cooked to perfection.

The property’s Top of the Gate rooftop bar was not yet open, as it had also recently undergone renovations, although I was told that it offered sweeping 360° views of the city and the Potomac.

Located in the lobby the Next Whiskey Bar is a colorful establishment. Decorated with a wall of whiskey bottles that separates a sitting area from the rest of the lobby it offers an extensive collection of Scotch and whiskeys.


The Watergate Hotel is a lavish property, and renowned for much more than its notorious past. Its prime location on the Potomac waterfront makes it an ideal destination for travelers looking to outdoor activities such as kayaking or simply exploring the area. Guests will enjoy the food, history, and atmosphere, and to quote the hotel, there is no need to break in – or out.


The Watergate Hotel
2650 Virginia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Tel. +1 202 827 1600

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