A ceremonial topping off at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. on March 19, to be reopened as a luxury hotel in summer 2015, marked a construction milestone at the iconic hotel. As part of its $125 million renovation, the hotel will add a completely new 7,000 square-foot Moretti ballroom, which previously had not offered extensive meetings and event space.
Euro Capital Properties Principal Jacques Cohen and Director of Design & Development Rakel Cohen were joined by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, Ward 2; ANC Commissioner William Kennedy Smith, M.D.; and “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant for the event.
“Euro Capital Properties has been passionately committed to restoring the iconic structure to create an urban resort that exceeds the expectations of today’s modern, luxury guest, in a setting that is central to everything,” said Jacques Cohen, principal, Euro Capital Properties.
During the rooftop ceremony, the Moretti ballroom was ‘topped off’ with flora inspired by the building’s original landscape, and Euro Capital Properties executives, local dignitaries and design partners placed historically significant ‘May Night Salvia’ seedlings into symbolic soil. Once the seedlings mature, they will be incorporated into the landscape design on top of the ballroom, completing the crown jewel of the new Watergate Hotel.
To add the Moretti ballroom, the hotel was raised by 7 feet, creating an unparalleled 27,000 square feet of waterfront meetings and event space. The brand new 7,000 square-foot ballroom will feature state-of-the-art technology and several configurations as well as an additional 10,000 square feet of outdoor terraces overlooking the Potomac.
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