Ron Arad renovates The Watergate Hotel; property to open summer 2015

New York-based real estate developer Euro Capital Properties announced that The Watergate Hotel will once again open its doors this summer, following an extensive $125-million renovation. The Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. is the first property of the Watergate Hotels & Resorts company.

Located on the banks of the Potomac River and near the capital's Georgetown neighborhood, The Watergate was originally designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti in 1961.  Now, the hotel's current owners, Euro Capital Properties, partnered with designer Ron Arad to complement the avant-garde architecture with classic mid-century design. In a nod to the hotel's Italian heritage and inspired by its distinctive undulations, Arad looked to sculptural, modern furnishings by Italian designer Moroso.

According to Rakel Cohen, director of design and development of Euro Capital Properties, in the design of the property, attention was given to every detail in the renovation.

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The hotel will consist of 343 guestrooms, 95 percent of which will feature views of the Potomac River. Enhancing its riverfront positioning, approximately half of all guestrooms will boast balconies. There will be multiple suites, including five Diplomat Suites and two Presidential Suites.

Each guestroom will have natural light and views, along with plush bedding, floor-to-ceiling marble bathrooms, in-room amenities and technology. Guests will have the ability to control virtually every aspect of their stay via a smartphone application. Additional guest amenities will include 24-hour in-room dining, dry cleaning and full laundry services, complimentary shoeshine, and a daily newspaper of guests' choice.

There will be an array of dining options, including casual and fine dining establishments. A casual restaurant will be available, as well as a bar, dining room and an outdoor patio overlooking the river. For more intimate occasions or sophisticated events, a fine dining restaurant will be offered. Meanwhile, a whisky bar will offer a signature undulating art sculpture of metals and whisky bottles will define the space.

The Watergate will also have a rooftop with 360-degree views of the river, the Capitol and the Washington Monument. This will be home to various amenities, including a fire pit and bottle service options.

The Watergate will also offer a spa and fitness facility. The spa will have eight treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms and a relaxation area. The space will have a 15-yard indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, and group studios for yoga and fitness classes. Manicures and pedicures will also be available at the spa.

A key aspect of the hotel's renovation will be the addition of meeting and event spaces, which previously did not exist in the building's footprint. The Watergate will offer 17,000 square feet of meeting and function space. The 11 indoor spaces will include several rooms with natural light and river views, a 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom that features technology and several configurations, as well as an additional 10,000-square-foot outdoor terrace overlooking the Potomac.

The Watergate Hotel is located near many of Washington, D.C.'s most popular destinations including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Georgetown Riverfront.

PHOTO FROM RON ARAD

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