AAVMC is proud to host Catalyze 2022 at the historic Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC.
History of the Watergate
The name is synonymous with the country’s biggest political scandal. The Watergate Hotel, however, was controversial from the start. When it opened in 1965, celebrity Italian architect Luigi Moretti’s curvy, sprawling design sent shock waves through conservative D.C. Despite criticism, the Washington D.C. luxury hotel quickly became a playground for the fabulous. Actors and models hobnobbed with the congressmen and Supreme Court justices who lived in the Watergate apartments. Its glamorous reputation was eclipsed with political scandal on June 17, 1972, when five intruders were caught in the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, leading to Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency.
Since Nixon infamously declared “I am not a crook,” The Watergate Hotel saw many renovations, but none that embraced its original design or posh patrons — until now. We have arrived at the hotel’s newest chapter as a luxury hotel in Washington D.C. Moretti disciple Ron Arad has restored The Watergate Hotel with a dramatic copper lobby and lush, mid-century modern furniture. Our staff is poised to create a memorable experience for every guest. When it comes to hotels near Georgetown, Washington D.C., nothing tops the history of The Watergate Hotel.
Airports & Metro
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
11 min Drive
Dulles International Airport (IAD)
31-minute Drive (without traffic)
The closest metro station to the Watergate hotel is Foggy Bottom-GWU. Please use this map if you wish to use public transit while in DC.