Following a nine-year hiatus and massive renovation, The Watergate Hotel has reopened and is already turning heads. Bloomberg's latest interview with Euro Capital Properties founder and owner of The Watergate Hotel, Jacques Cohen, dives into the challenges and opportunities of the project.
BBGM was the Architect on the project, which entailed a $125M renovation to the property. Mr. Cohen goes into detail about challenges regarding demolition and expansion of public areas and event spaces. With spectacular views of the water, the property boasts an impressive rooftop bar and pre-function spaces, in what Mr. Cohen refers to as a much-needed luxury lifestyle hotel for Washington, DC.
The top-to-bottom 1960's branding and mid-century modern design further The Watergate Hotel's position as a glamour icon in the hospitality industry. Watch the video for additional details on the building's captivating architectural history, and the unique approach taken to restore the hotel to its full potential.
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Press coverage of the historic Watergate Hotel renovation continues with the latest feature from Hotel Management. Following the property’s acquisition by Euro Capital and $125 million renovation, the rejuvenated hotel is ready for prime time.
BBGM was the architect for the project, and teamed with other firms for design of select interior spaces. The revitalized hotel will offer guests unique options for R&R, while still appealing largely to the affluent and business crowds.
An excerpt from the article in Hotel Management:
The property now has 336 guestrooms, half of them elevated with balconies with views of the city as well as the Potomac River. The floor-to-ceiling Zebrano marble bathrooms have solid granite vanities. Six Diplomat Suites, 24 premier suites, and two Presidential Suites are also available.
For dining, the property has onsite dining options including the contemporary Kingbird restaurant, a dual-concept American-French venue with patio seating; the lobby’s Next Whisky Bar, framed by a wall of sculpted whisky bottles highlighted by bronze light; and the Top of the Gate rooftop lounge.
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Following a $125M renovation, Washington's Watergate Hotel has reopened, and is nothing short of spectacular. Boutique Design provides the latest coverage on the project, going into detail on the extensive design efforts that restored the famous hotel to its full potential. BBGM was the Architect on the project, providing mid-century modern details that complement the avante-garde architectural style of the building.
An excerpt from the article in Boutique Design:
“The Watergate is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and illustrious hotels in the world,” says Rakel Cohen, senior vice president of design and development, Euro Capital Properties. “We paid meticulous attention to every detail in its renovation and we're excited to bring our vision to life. Its intrigue is driven by evocative design, from the deep-rooted retro feel to the mystique that lies behind every curve of the hotel's architecture.”
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The latest news coverage from CNN Travel revealed the Best New U.S. Coastal Hotels, with the Meritage Collection's newest addition, Paséa Hotel & Spa, making the list.
With an all-custom design by MONOGRAM at BBGM, the new Huntington Beach hotel offers ocean-view accommodations for all 250 guestrooms and suites. A grand opening is planned for early summer 2016, with continued press coverage leading up to the event.
An excerpt from the article on CNN:
"...the latest from Meritage Collection is about blending modern, beachy features with unfussy service.
Expect to see the concierge playing the ukulele in the lobby as you're taken to a cabana for check-in.
Or be taken on a pedicab tour of Huntington Beach Pier before meeting with the hotel's surf butler."
- Chadner Navarro, CNN
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Click here to learn more about the MONOGRAM design of the Paséa Hotel & Spa.
The Watergate Hotel is deeply ingrained in the nation’s consciousness, an icon that walks the line between premier hospitality and the country’s elite.
Euro Capital Properties is not afraid of such inherent challenges and capitalized on the hotel’s history through a massive $125 million renovation, selecting BBGM as the Architect for the project. Financial Times provides the latest coverage, with a deep look into the history of this iconic property and the massive opportunity it presented for its new ownership.
An excerpt from the article by Kate Salter in Financial Times:
The hotel’s new owners, Jacques and Rakel Cohen of Euro Capital Properties, who bought it in 2010 for $45m, say they “immediately saw the potential to return the hotel to a state worthy of its reputation as Washington’s finest address”. They know that the scandal is their most powerful marketing tool and are enthusiastically milking it: the telephone reservation line ends in 1972, the room keys say “No need to break in” and pens are inscribed with “I stole this from the Watergate Hotel”. There are plans to play extracts from Nixon’s speeches in the toilets. Even the name of the hotel is written in a version of the typewriter font used in the Senate Watergate Committee case documents.
Aside from American history buffs, the new owners want the hotel to appeal to a younger, design-conscious crowd — the kind of “hip” people that Buttaro-Pfeffer says the complex needs to attract. The hotel’s 336 bedrooms, designed by BBGM, have a masculine, mid-century corporate feel (and with rates starting at about $500, it may be businessmen rather than young hipsters who can afford to stay here). Later this summer a spa is due to open, along with a rooftop bar and Michael Santoro’s fine dining restaurant.
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As reported in the 2016 Giants 300 Report by Building Design + Construction, BBGM ranked #29 on the list of Hotel Sector Giants. Rounding out a trifecta of strong rankings, BBGM reinforces its longevity and status as a major player in the hospitality industry with this latest rankings update.
Touting major projects such as the $125M renovation of the Watergate Hotel, new construction of the Paséa Hotel & Spa and ongoing construction of the InterContinental DC Wharf, BBGM and MONOGRAM at BBGM continue to offer clients design solutions that complement the social, cultural and architectural traditions of the communities they serve.
BBGM was also named one of BD+C’s Top 100 Architecture Firms and Top Green Building Architecture Firms. BBGM and MONOGRAM at BBGM consistently rank among top design firms worldwide.
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When it comes to modern-day hotel accommodations, it is an understatement to say that appealing to the business traveler is critical in many markets. BBGM Principal Bruno Grinwis recently authored an op-ed piece for Hotel News Now, discussing the role of technology needs in improving the business traveler's experience.
An excerpt from the article:
Business travelers are no longer impressed with having access to a printer and a conference center, they want the ability to host a virtual meeting in their hotel room. By providing guestrooms that can offer not only the relaxation business travelers crave, but also the functionality of a virtual office their jobs require, hotels will increase their business traveler clientele and turn them into loyal and repeat customers.
Here’s a short list of best practices hoteliers can use to attract more business travelers to their properties.
Use technology to improve the check-in process
Traveling for business is tiring. And the last thing your guest wants to experience after a long day of meetings or a long flight is a slow check-in process.
This is why more hotels are adding features that allow their guests to check themselves in. Some hotels even use an app that allows the guests to check-in while they’re on their way to the hotel.
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