The most famous hotel room in the world? Watergate Hotel announces “Scandal Room 214”
In the true spirit of scandal and political intrigue, The Watergate Hotel announced this week that it will offer a newly-designed, signature hotel room called “Scandal Room 214,” to pay homage to one of the most infamous hotel rooms in American history. The room’s debut later this year is timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, which lead to the resignation of former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1974, and the 50th anniversary of the hotel’s opening.
The Watergate Hotel is curating and designing the new room in collaboration with Emmy-award winning costume designer Lyn Paolo, who has worked on such hit shows as “Scandal” and “Shameless.”
“Because of the infamous break-in 45 years ago, The Watergate Hotel has been a household name with a scandalous past that can’t be ignored,” said Rakel Cohen, Senior VP of Design & Development and co-owner of the hotel. “We pay homage to the past with small details throughout the property, but everyone kept asking us about room 214, so we needed to do something bold with it. The decision to team up with Lyn Paolo, known for her award-winning work on the hit TV series “Scandal” was an easy choice – we couldn’t have a better partner.”
Room 214 became a fixture of American political history and scandal in 1972 when two leaders of the Watergate break-in team, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, used the hotel room to observe the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the adjacent Watergate building.
References to the political scandal can already be found at the hotel, such as room keys that read “No Need to Break-In,” a main number that alludes to the break-in date (844-617-1972), recordings of Nixon speeches instead of hold music, and in-room pencils engraved with “I Stole This from The Watergate Hotel.”
“Scandal Room 214” is the latest upgrade for the hotel that follows a $200 million renovation and re-opening in 2016.