Watergate Hotel room getting ‘Scandal’-inspired makeover

Watergate-Exterior-CREDIT-Ron-BluntThe Watergate Hotel is redesigning a room used by the team of burglars who broke into the DNC with some inspiration from the hit TV series “Scandal.” (Courtesy Watergate Hotel/Ron Blunt)

19 June 2017 | Jeff Clabaugh | WTOP

The Watergate Hotel is redesigning its infamous Room 214 to reflect its place in the Watergate scandal 45 years ago this month.

The Watergate says it has hired Lyn Paolo, the costume designer for the ABC series “Scandal” to create what the hotel calls a one-of-a-kind accommodation for hotel guests.

On June 17, 1972, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, who led the break-in of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate office building next door, worked from the hotel’s room 214, keeping in contact via radio with the burglary team.

“Because of the infamous break-in 45 years ago, the Watergate Hotel has been a household name with a scandalous past that can’t be ignored,” said Rakel Cohen, hotel owner Euro Capital’s senior vice president of design and development.

“We pay homage to the past with small details throughout the property, but everyone kept asking us about Room 214, so we needed to do something bold with it.”

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