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“1,483rd on your list of DC sites to see”
Review of Watergate Complex

Watergate Complex
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Washington DC Private City Tour
Ranked #178 of 442 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: The office building where the Watergate scandal led to the downfall of President Nixon.
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“1,483rd on your list of DC sites to see”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

OK, it's a big, ugly building where a famous burglary happened. That doesn't mean you should waste time looking at it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Best Visited at Night”
Reviewed 25 December 2011

I visited the Watergte complex one evening when it was dark, which perhaps made it all the more interesting. Aside from its notoriety in Richard Nixon's downfall, it is an architecturally intersting complex in its own right. The office block where the break-in ocurred is a middle building down Virginia Ave slightly. The hotel in which Gordon Liddy observed the burglers is directly across the road and is now part of George Washington University. At night it is easy to imagine the famous events unfolding.

Visited December 2011
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“Fun Retro Must See”
Reviewed 8 September 2011

This summer, I participated in a program at the Kennedy Center, and I could not believe my ears, when one of my cohorts suggested we buy our groceries at either the Safeway or the CVS in The Watergate next door. THE Watergate? Yes, the notorious icon.

Aside from the historic and pop culture cache of the location, the architecture itself deserves a sight-seeing stop. I kept wishing my friend, who is a devoted fan of mid-twentieth century design, were with me to appreciate the cylindrical towers with seemingly randomly (yet harmoniously) arranged balcony attachments. There is something graceful yet off-putting about the site that is attention-worthy and awe-inspiring.

In addition to its claim to fame, physical beauty, and stores, The Watergate also offers dining options. I'm unsure of the total number or the quality, but I can tell you that some of my peers liked the cafe and the Chinese restaurant. And the trip is something of an adventure in itself: passing the glass doors and official appearance of the supervised front desk of the inhabited part of the building, to walk down colossal, staggered steps that curve around a tremendous fountain (the namesake of the complex?) to access the central lower level area of public commerce. On my first visit, a security guard harrassed our group for gathering near the entrance of the Safeway, while waiting for the last of our party to emerge with their bags. Good times!

For a cheap date, I recommend catching the free Kennedy Center shuttle from the Metro stop at GWU, attending one of the free concerts occasionally offered at the Kennedy Center, and going upstairs to enjoy the panoramic view from the Kennedy Center Terrace. You can follow a lovely curve of the Potomac River, gaze at some of the monuments in the distance, and examine The Watergate from another perspective. Then, visit The Watergate for food. (Not necessarily in that order)

Visited July 2011
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