The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., is best known as the site of one of the biggest political scandals in American history, thanks to a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters housed in the hotel’s adjoining office complex, which eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. After countless renovations and an ownership battle the hotel recently reopened. The $200-million renovation, which capitalised on the hotel’s vintage aesthetic, restored many of the hotel’s original features, including its grand staircase and mosaic-tiled 15m saltwater indoor pool.
The spa would double as a leisure area and the space would need to "wow" visitors while withstanding heavy everyday use. Instead of demolishing The Watergate Hotel pool and starting from scratch, the developer, Euro Capital Properties, in collaboration with architects BBGM and Ron Arad Architects, decided to keep the original look and feel, which included using the existing concrete shell of the pool. This required Profast Commercial Flooring, the NTCA Five-Star Contractor chosen for the project, to be careful when removing the original tile without damaging the pool shell and using care while installing the new tile.
A range of LATICRETE materials were used for the installation, including HYDRO BAN®, 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed, and SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout*.
The newly renovated spa area plays up the retro luxury that embodied the swank hotel pre-scandal, while providing a year-round oasis to hotel guests and members of The Watergate Hotel. "Our many years of experience and craftsmanship, paired with the excellent field support and technical knowledge of the LATICRETE team, ensured a newsworthy transformation," said said Kevin Killian, President of Profast Commercial Flooring, the NTCA Five-Star Contractor chosen for the project. "With the help of high quality LATICRETE products and their industry leading warranties, The Watergate Hotel pool will remain a standout feature of the hotel for many years to come." Read the full Project Spotlight here.
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*United States Invention Patent No.: 6881768 (and other Patents)