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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 01/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 01/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#50 of 153 hotels in Washington DC
Travelers' 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 Center 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 locker 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 Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
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 / closet
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
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
36Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
10Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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beardedtravelerfun wrote a review Apr 12
Indianapolis, Indiana37 contributions39 helpful votes
I’ll sum it up with this: if you’re really wanting the historical aspect, stay here once; otherwise come for a cocktail and stay elsewhere. The luxury feel lingers, but it’s a little hazy as attention to detail and minor upkeep lacks. The screen door on the patio was damaged and inoperable; the room had a slight stale odor; not all the lights worked, and a digital screen built into the headboard to control the lights created an unpleasant glow that woke me in the middle of the night. I was also surprised by the lack of in-room disinfecting wipes or hand sanitizer, which has been common at every hotel I’ve stayed at during the pandemic. The “included breakfast” was a glorified continental breakfast; bacon was an extra $10 or a scrambled egg with sausage came in at a $25 surcharge. The check-in process was absent of any kind of personality or explanation of the property, room types, pool operation, location of the elevators, etc. Check out was exactly the same — not even a question about how my stay was! This is where I would normally share this comments. Definitely come for the cocktail bar, but at the prices they’ve decided to charge, just come for one. It’s a very interesting experience and the waitress was incredibly friendly and attentive. Overall I’d recommend the bar, but if you’re looking for a true luxury hotel stay I’d head elsewhere.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
John K wrote a review Feb 2021
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Hotel's Favorite
The Watergate is elegant, classy, clean, beautiful, warm and fun. I've been there three times, most recently this past weekend and it gets better each time! Thank you to the staff and management for providing an oasis of relaxation and joy during these incredibly challenging times!
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded Feb 23, 2021
Hi John, Thank you so much for the kind words. Guests have been enjoying The Watergate Hotel for decades, exactly for those reasons and we are pleased to bring this level of style and service into the 21st Century. Please join us again soon so we can bring more "relaxation and joy" to your next getaway. Best Regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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Ada wrote a review Apr 8
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Did a family road trip to DC and stayed at the watergate hotel. Great location. Walking distance to the memorials, Arlington, Georgetown. Great Potomac river views. The general manager, pascal, was also super helpful offering high touch and attentive service, recommendations and support. One of the best services we received! We also got a tour of the watergate room.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Rachel W wrote a review Mar 2021
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From the booking staff to the hotel staff everything, was seamless and exceptional. Everyone was so receptive to my requests for my birthday weekend staycation. The room was immaculate and the view was to die for. Amazing stay. Well done Watergate, I will be back soon.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: The rooms with the river view, give you a nice view of the Potomac river and overlooks Georgetown
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Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Rachel, We are so happy that your Birthday Weekend was an exceptional experience. Our teams from reservations to front desk, housekeeping to dining, strive to make our guests feel special. Thank you for celebrating with us and please visit again soon! Spring and Summer are perfect times to stay, when our Top of the Gate rooftop opens for truly amazing views on the Potomac. Best Regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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AllenCart wrote a review Mar 2021
Annapolis, Maryland, Usa18 contributions8 helpful votes
We have enjoy yet another weekend stay at the Watergate. Staying at the Watergate with a supreme view of the Potomac River with Georgetown in the background is something we enjoy and despite the pandemic and the cold weather, it was delightful as usual. From our welcome from Babou at the front desk to the friendly smile and helpful hand of Aziz, our weekend was made special. If you are in DC, there is no better place to stay than the historic Watergate. With it's beautiful view, comfortable clean rooms and supreme service, the Watergate is a five star experience. And it is a very short walk to Georgetown to boot!
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: In nice weather get a room with a balcony overlooking the river. That option is pretty rare in DC.
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Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Allen, We appreciate your glowing review and are so glad that you enjoyed your river view getaway at our hotel. Babou and his team at the front desk are especially pleased that they could make your weekend stay a special one. The access to Georgetown and nearby harbor are a great benefit of our location. Please do join us again soon at "The Pearl on the Potomac". Best Regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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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 (0.3 miles), Potomac Park (0.3 miles), and The Next Whisky Bar (0.04 miles).
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 center, 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 center, 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.