The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. is so famous it birthed a shorthand suffix for controversy and corruption. We wouldn’t know what to call Nipplegate, Gamergate, Bridgegate, Pizzagate, Deflategate and practically every malfeasance committed by a member of Donald Trump’s administration within the last calendar year if a couple burglars connected to Richard Nixon hadn’t booked room 214 at the Watergate in June of 1972 and coordinated a botched burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters next door, kickstarting the biggest American political scandal in history (so far).
But alas, they did, and the Watergate has been riding its dubious legacy for 45 years running. In fact, the hotel turns 50 this year, and to celebrate, the staff has given the notorious room 214 the full-on scandal treatment—literally. According to Travel + Leisure, Lyn Paolo, the costume designer for ABC’s hit show Scandal, was tasked with filling the room with nods to Nixon and his cronies.
Book room 214 and you’ll find Watergate newspaper clippings on the walls, vintage typewriters and other relics from the 1970s, era-appropriate furniture, and who knows, maybe a framed bedside photo of Kerry Washington, because synergy. The suite is now available for $800 per night, but even if you can’t swing a stay in the actual room where it happened, there are plenty of other references to the burglary throughout the hotel.
Look for room keys that say, “No Need to Break-In,” a phone number that doubles as the burglary date (844-617-1972), monogrammed robes that say, “Cover Up,” and souvenir pencils that read, “I Stole This from the Watergate Hotel.”
In other news, we’re pumped to see how they’ll decorate Trump Tower in 2062.