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2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20037-1906
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  • 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
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#64 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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Great View
City View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Chinese
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A H wrote a review Oct 18
Annapolis, Maryland73 contributions27 helpful votes
Long line and wait for check-in, then the check-in was awkward with not knowing if the employees were talking to us or each other, and they were not very friendly. The room left a lot to be desired - stains on carpet and "coffee station" top, cracked mirror, and depressing view. If you're offered room 403, decline and ask for another. We had a reservation at the roof top bar, that you are charged a fee if you don't show. However, they closed due to rain and there was no notification. I didn't think the location was that convenient. Only real positive was the morning breakfast was decent (nothing fancy, but filling), and the staff was very attentive and friendly. Also, since these are posted to the American Express site. We booked with our platinum as part of the fine hotels and resorts program. There was a glitch AMEX's system and our reservation was not booked under that program. So, we did not get any of the benefits, and upon calling American Express after checking in and becoming aware of the issue, they were incapable of offering an acceptable solution. They suggested they cancel our reservation and then re-book, but at the rate for that day. So, we pay more than our original booking price because they made a mistake? Really disappointing service.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
C W wrote a review Aug 2021
Los Angeles, California5 contributions3 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
The Watergate Hotel is in the perfect location between Foggy Bottom and Georgetown. Guests are within walking distance to shopping, the National Mall, monuments, historic Georgetown and more. If you aren't walking, leaving the hotel by car is very easy - access to Memorial Bridge, I-66, and Whitehurst Freeway. On top of the great location is amazing customer service! Everyone greets you with a smile and goes out of their way to make sure your stay is amazing!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi CW, You truly understand the benefits of our Potomac River location - right next to Georgetown and The Kennedy Center, yet close enough to easily enjoy the National Mall and major attractions. Our staff is overjoyed that you had a great service experience and appreciate the feedback! Best Regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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Brad N wrote a review Oct 18
Allen, Texas4 contributions3 helpful votes
This is not a five star resort; two to three star at best. I paid for three rooms for a 3 day stay, all overlooking the Potomac. Several issues. Lack of cleanliness, lack of telephonic support, lack of intelligence, and noxious noise. First, cleanliness or lack thereof. Due to a late arrival, I did not see a large amount of blood on the side of the bed until the morning following arrival, roughly the size of a cantaloupe. I noticed it when the porter brought in new towels. Noise. 1417 was uninhabitable and should be used as a storage closet only, as it is next to the elevator shaft. I would suggest never accepting any room that ends in a …17 as they will all be next to it. Reports from room 1415 is they had the same problem, but not as bad as mine. The compromise was offering a dirty room with an interior view. By Saturday, I could not sleep due to the literal non-stop movement of the elevator. That despite using ear plugs, having my phone on the loudest volume on white noise, and a pillow and comforter over my head. I literally became nauseous on night 3, which I’ve never experienced before. I could feel the vibrations. Whooshing up, whooshing down. Non-stop. This hotel is in serious need of repair. The outside is dated (looks interesting from pictures but not in person). The edges of the neighboring buildings are gapping, unfinished, splitting. The area above valet is covered in glass, most of which is either shattered or bowing due to the glass panels being damaged The hotel is very dated (check in area is admittedly nice, but the sofas have been heavily used and it shows). Other than the seriously compromised comfort due to the above, the bed was not particularly comfortable. The pillows felt like they had small bricks inside. Had to request new ones, which by the time I received them were worthless given I was unable to sleep other than perhaps an hour or so due to the elevator shaft problem. Despite the representation on their contact number, the Watergate bar was closed as was the rooftop bar – which formulated in part the reason for our stay. They claim it’s one of the 15 best, but hard to imagine given the closure and the structure being dated. No great amenities here despite their representation. What’s good. Proximity is great to the Potomac and to the Fiola Mare. The views are good, but that’s about all I can say positive about the hotel. Following the stay, I received at least 5 separate emails with additional tack on charges they assess (the hidden charges). Basically, they assess a “Urban Resort Fee” of $29.00 per night, per room charge, along with a 14.95% tax thereon. I called the hotel. Waited a while for a live voice and was transferred to air space. I would not recommend staying in this hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Do NOT accept any room ending .. 17 or ..15, next to the elevator shaft. Constant up and down...
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simonalamona wrote a review Oct 17
Guadalajara, Mexico97 contributions102 helpful votes
The hotel is very nicely decorated with a very modern ambience. The location is very good, far enough from noisy places but close enough to walk to the potomac river promenade, georgetown or the national mall (at the lincoln memorial section). Everything was very clean and very well maintained, the room was spacious with a huge bathroom. I was expecting a bit more luxurious ammenities or installations, but it is ok. The roof bar offers amazing views - atmosphere facing the river at dusk. The portiers and bell boys were super kind.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: The hotel is within the watergate compound which houses several real estate developments but it...
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Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear simonalamona, Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to have you as a guest at The Watergate Hotel. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our ideal location next to many attractions in DC. Top of The Gate is truly a gem and we are elated to hear that you enjoyed its unique views and atmosphere. We appreciate your comments regarding the amenities and installations. Please come back soon, we'd love to have you as a guest again! Best Regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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Dar wrote a review Oct 17
Atlanta, Georgia4 contributions1 helpful vote
Visit to Watergate Hotel with my Atlanta fit workout club. Highly recommend the Watergate hotel. Room was very nicely furnished, super comfortable bed and nice view. Within walking distance of many stores.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Watergate Hotel, General Manager at The Watergate Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Dar3371, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased to hear that you had an amazing trip with your workout club. Our central location is certainly ideal and can give you access to the best of what D.C. has to offer. Please come back soon, we'd love to have you as a guest again! Best Regards, Pascal Forotti Managing Director The Watergate Hotel
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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), Washington Harbour (0.3 miles), and Georgetown Waterfront Park (0.3 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, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Dish.
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.