A LONG WAY FROM THE BREAK-IN

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Who re­mem­bers that the head­quar­ters of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee were once lo­cated on the sixth floor of the Water­gate Ho­tel and of­fice com­plex? Decades ago it was the epi­cen­ter of a po­lit­i­cal earth­quake, as the site of the clan­des­tine events that ul­ti­mately led to Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon’s res­ig­na­tion two years later.

This year? That same ho­tel is about to host its first New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion. Fresh from a $125 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion, the Water­gate Ho­tel re­opened ear­lier this year and has em­braced and even cap­i­tal­ized on its mys­te­ri­ous past.

“The newly opened Water­gate Ho­tel will be cel­e­brat­ing its first New Years in scan­dalous style with a range of ex­pe­ri­ences for res­i­dents and visi­tors alike, in­clud­ing an in­ti­mate and lav­ish din­ner, and one of the hottest New Year’s Eve par­ties around,” a spokes­woman ad­vises.

The ho­tel will be crack­ing open a 15-liter bot­tle of ritzy Cham­pagne Bollinger Spe­cial Cu­vee for guests, served with such ap­pe­tiz­ers as lob­ster rolls and pate de foie gras “S’mores.” The ho­tel’s “deca­dent culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence” also in­cludes a five-course plated din­ner fea­tur­ing tuna crudo with chamomile plus black ravi­oli — that pasta, tinted ebony with squid ink — short­ribs and “cap of rib-eye,” some fancy beef from Snake River Farms in Boise, Idaho.

Gee, will the guests get some New Year’s Eve hats to wear and some noise­mak­ers? Uh, that’s un­known, but the night’s fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude a DJ, and prices start at around $120 per per­son.

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