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2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1906
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 12/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 12/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#49 of 152 hotels in Washington DC
Travellers' Choice
2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award Winner. Built in 1967 and reopened in June 2016, following an extensive $150 million renovation, The Watergate Hotel is a legendary Washington DC luxury hotel. Just steps away from Georgetown and centrally located for all of DC's attractions. The 336 guest rooms and suites define luxury with modern marble bathrooms, plush bedding, private balconies with river views and more. The Next Whisky Bar is a stylish lounge filled with a selection of the world's finest spirits. The Whisky Garden features private, heated Winter Igloos from October to March serving dinner and drinks. The Top of the Gate rooftop bar has unrivaled 360-degree panoramic views and is open Spring to Fall each year. Heated Indoor Pool and 24-Fitness Center. Argentta Spa has a menu of massages and body treatments for both men & women.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Children's television networks
Paid private parking on-site
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Saltwater pool
Yoga room
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Rooftop bar
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Neck massage
Steam room
Waxing services
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
ATM on site
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Chinese
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Grade: 91 out of 100
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ShaunKilby wrote a review 2 Jan
Washington DC, District of Columbia3 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Mr. Kilby, We are pleased that you found our Scandal Suite interesting and appreciated the historical significance. Unfortunately, it seems that there were some inconveniences during your stay and we will be reaching out to understand more. Adhering to the current CDC guidelines is core to our staff training and you should never be encountering a team member or hotel guest without a mask. Our sauna and steam room are currently closed as a safety measure. We appreciate you sharing your feedback and we will be in contact shortly. Kind regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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H. Elizabeth wrote a review 1 Jan
Washington DC, District of Columbia35 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favourite
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.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear H. Elizabeth, It sounds like you and your boyfriend had a wonderful start to 2021! Thank you for choosing The Watergate Hotel for your New Year's Eve getaway. We are so pleased that you found our service excellent while maintaining the CDC guidelines. Our staff takes great pride in making sure that standards are high and all safety requirements are followed during this time. Please do join us again for Valentine's Day, when you can enjoy cocktails for two in a cozy igloo or maybe a massage at Argentta Spa. All the best, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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HBK2014 wrote a review 1 Jan
Washington DC, District of Columbia54 contributions29 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear HBK2014, We love hosting guests from the DC area looking for a much-needed staycation. Our staff is thrilled that you enjoyed the service and found our hotel "sparkling clean". Georgetown is such a lovely, historic town and an easy stroll from our location on the Potomac - even in the rain. Our cozy Winter Igloos have been serving guests since 2017 and we refresh the theme for the seasons, so please do join us again for Spring Cherry Blossoms! Kind regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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Christophe D wrote a review Dec 2020
Baltimore, Maryland3 contributions
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!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear Christophe, Thank you for staying with us over the years. We are sorry to hear that you are having issues reaching the appropriate team member regarding your cancelled reservation. Please do email reservations@thewatergatehotel.com with your contact information and we will respond to your request. We apologize that this has not been resolved in a timely manner and hope that you will give us chance to correct it. Kind regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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Dy F wrote a review Nov 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia107 contributions56 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 30 Nov 2020
Dear dyf2013, We're so pleased that you chose us for your staycation. As you mentioned, while our hotel is close to everything, we have the benefit of a quieter location near the Potomac River. Perfect for a "change of scenery" while still being within walking distance to Georgetown and the National Mall. Our balcony riverview rooms are the perfect place to sit and relax. Please do stay with us again when you are looking for a home away from home. Kind regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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US$228 - US$587 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesDistrict of ColumbiaWashington DCFoggy Bottom - GWU - West End / Upper Northwest
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Watergate Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Watergate Hotel?
Nearby attractions include John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (0.4 km), Potomac Park (0.4 km), and The Next Whisky Bar (0.06 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Watergate Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, a rooftop bar, and free wifi.
Which room amenities are available at The Watergate Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Watergate Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Watergate Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking on-site, paid private parking nearby, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Watergate Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kingbird, CIRCA at Foggy Bottom, and Farmers Fishers Bakers.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Watergate Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Watergate Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Watergate Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Watergate Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Watergate Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Chinese.