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Moroso: The Watergate Hotel, Washington - USA

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ave you ever heard of the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C, the iconic hotel (yes, exactly the one at the centre of the famous political scandal during the Nixon administration) designed in the sixties by Italian architect Luigi Moretti? Well, on the 16th June 2016, after been absent for almost 9 years (it shut in 2007), the Watergate Hotel reopened with a fresh new look, overseen by designer Ron Arad.

On the banks of the Potomac river, this revamped luxury hotel is ready to welcome guests once again. Interiors have the disctict style of Italian brand Moroso, which Ron Arad chose for all the communal spaces, like the entrance lobby, restaurant and lounge bar.

In the lobby, curved timber clad walls and columns take guests on an incredible journey, a space especially designed for total relaxation. Here, every single detail has been carefully planned to offer you life’s little luxuries, as well as unique inspirations (next to the lobby there’s even a whisky bar for real connoisseurs).

It’s not a mere coincidence that Moroso designed bespoke chairs for the restaurant: the Watergate chair with an elegant two-tone cover and the One Skin chair and stool, namely an updated version of the Three Skin chair, an extremely sensual beech-wood sculpture with curved backrest, which gently invites us to sit down.

The library is in the centre of the hotel. Here, highlights are several of Moroso’s most popular pieces by top international designers: three-dimensional pieces by Redondo, bohemian pieces in tuft-leather by Patricia Urquiola, Take a Line for a Walk armchairs by Alfredo Haberli and the Terreria terracotta bookcase by Archea Associati. Total relaxation is apparent: the overall mood is almost cocoon-like. Plus, Golran carpets, which Moroso only sells in the U.S.A, add an old-world charm.

The 336 ensuite bedrooms have extremely elegant and refined aesthetics: a natural colour scheme, urban-inspired furniture and marble clad walls (bathrooms). What’s more, each room has a wonderful courtesy set by brand La Bottega, and the balcony with views over the river sets the perfect scene.

What’s more, your experience at the Watergate Hotel couldn’t be complete without: spa, gym, indoor swimming pool, concierge service and an extremely scenic top floor bar with breathtaking views over the Georgetown bay area and the Washington Monument.

Without a doubt, the Watergate Hotel is a glamorous place rich in history, a place where not only politicians but also celebrities and fashionistas from around the world have stayed, a place where anyone can feel like a real star.

The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
tel. 1 (202) 827-1600


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