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Interesting Facts Of The Watergate Hotel

In June of 1972, an extravagant but otherwise forgettable hotel in Washington became infamous and synonymous with political scandal, leading to the only presidential resignation in United States history. What later came to be officially known as the Watergate scandal began at 1:55 AM on June 17th 1972, as security guard Frank Wills found evidence of a break-in and called the police.

The resulting arrest of seven men, all later found to be part of President Nixon’s reelection committee, led to one of the biggest scandals in American history. During the investigations it was revealed that the President and his Chief of Staff were recorded discussing using the CIA to obstruct the FBI’s investigation of the Watergate break-in, a fact which made President Nixon’s situation unsustainable. During the height of the Cold War, the United States of America was to lose a popular and just reelected President.

Photo: United States National Archives
Photo: United States National Archives

But political infamy is not what the Watergate Complex in Washington DC was all aobut. Here are 10 lesser-known facts we thought you’d like to know about the Watergate Hotel Complex!

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In the 1950s, the World Bank considered building its international headquarters on the property where Watergate resides.

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The construction of the Watergate complex was the largest renewal effort to use private funds exclusively in the District of Columbia’s history.

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The name was derived from the terraced steps west of the Lincon Memorial that lead to the Potomac River.

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The Watergate project faced serious opposition from city and zoning officials. But no opposition was more stern than that of a religious group known as Protestants and other Americans United for Separation of Church and State whose national letter-writing campaign to oppose the project flooded Congress’ and the White House’s mailboxes. Unfortunately for them, the project went forward as planned.

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The Vatican owned a portion of SGI, the company which built the Watergate Complex.

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To date, the Watergate has changed hands many times. However some of the hands it has gone through are very surprising: in addition to property management companies, the Watergate has been owned by a Coal worker’s pension fund company and a cruise ship company.

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Monika Lewinsky hid out at her mother’s room in Watergate during the political scandal involving President Bill Clinton.

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In 1970, a second Watergate Complex, named Watergate II, was proposed in Alexandria, Virginia across the Potomac River. It never materialized due to overwhelming opposition by city residents.

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A surprising number of people who had ties– however oblique– to Richard Nixon stayed at the infamous complex. Amoung them, Anna Chennault, one of the first occupants of the building, was a Republican fundraiser who worked on President Nixon’s 1968 campaign. Many of the President’s aides also stayed at the Watergate, including Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans and John Mitchel, Nixon’s attorney general. His speech writer, transportation and secretary also called the Watergate “home”.

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Just as with the most famous robbery in Watergate’s history, the first robbery that ever happened there was every bit as costly to it’s victim. In March 1969, Rose Mary Woods, Nixon’s secretary, had thousands of dollars worth in jewelry stolen from her apartment.

With a complex historically as rich as the Watergate in DC, home to more political figures and parties than any other residential building in Washington DC, the mind reels at the possibility of its stories that will never be told.

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The World’s Top 10 Most Distant Hotels

Hotels are places we think of to relax, enjoy, and have a good time. Most of what we call “conventional” hotels are located in the heart of cities, and normally  the closer to the places we wish to visit, the better. Others are not so close. The latter kind of hotels are distant from the cities, providing comfort, a home away from town and are most popular for their unique beauty and charm.

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Mega Hotels of The World

Not surprising, many of the world’s largest hotels are situated in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States, what might surprise you, however, is where the world’s largest hotel is located.

10) Excalibur Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas – 4,008 Rooms

One of the most famous Las Vegas hotels, the Excalibur is an expansive 3 star resort.

9) Venetian, Las Vegas – 4,049

Boasting a 120,000 square foot casino floor, the Venetian is a five star hotel without peer.

8) Ambassador City Jomtein, Pattaya – 4,219

Forty acres of rolling hills that overlook the beach and nearby mountains, Ambassador City offers guests access to many restaurants, nightclubs and Asia’s largest swimming pool.

7) The Hotel and Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas – 4,332

In a city based on luxury, this 4 star resort sets itself apart with an 11 acre indoor beach property with rentable cabanas, day beds and a 1.6 million gallon wave pool.

6) Luxor Las Vegas, Las Vegas – 4,408

The distinctive glass pyramid of the Luxor dominates the Las Vegas skyline and offers guests a unique four star experience with internal balconies, and 120,000 square feet of gambling floor space. Located in the heart of the strip.

5) Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, Las Vegas – 4,734

The ‘twin towers’ of Las Vegas combine art and ultra modern design in a five star package with 74,000 feet of gaming space and all the trappings of room service and a beach club that turns into a nightclub when the sun goes down.

4) Disney’s All-Star Resort, Orlando – 5,524

Occupying 39 miles of space, fans of fantasy can escape from the mundane and slip into a fantasy world the likes of which that no other resort can offer. There are multiple theme parks, water parks and golf courses for kids and parents alike.

3) First World Hotel, Malaysia – 6,118

An amazing hotel in Malaysia with its own theme park that stretches more than 500,000 square feet and offers something for the entire family, even a place for mom and dad to lay back in the huge spa.

2) MGM Grand Las Vegas, Las Vegas – 6,852

The second largest hotel in the world and the first in the United States, the MGM Grand has a plethora of shows and features catering to every taste on earth. The MGM also holds the record for the largest sized gaming floor in all of Las Vegas, at 171,500 square feet with machines ranging from oene penny to one thousand dollars at a pull of the lever.

1) Izmailovo Hotel, Moscow – 7,500

Everything is bigger in Russia, and the Izamallovo is no different; started the same year it was completed, in 1979, it stands as the largest hotel in the world. To accommodate and entertain all it’s 7,500 possible guests, the Izmailovo has plenty of recreation such as a bowling alley, yoga classes, sports center and fishing nearby, afterwards guests can partake of the full-service spa.

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List of Directories for your Hotel Site

Here’s a list of directories where you can list your hotel site. Some are free, while others are paid directories. We’ll attempt to keep this list updated, but if you happen to know a resource that is not listed, please leave a suggestion on the comments section of this page. If your site is new or doesn’t have many recommendations elsewhere, directories will help you get started. Some are relatively expensive, but reputable directories can help you market your brand and, in some cases, attract very targeted traffic.

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London’s Luxury Hotels

London has a long heritage of luxury hotels that offer opulence, grandeur, and style to visitors from around the world, particularly to Royal visitors and other dignitaries. The hotels are proud of their history, their reputation for service, their restaurants and bars, and the style and elegance of their rooms.

The names of the hotels alone are often enough to conjure up images of stylish rooms, haute cuisine, and exemplary service. Names like “The Ritz” and “The Savoy” are recognised all over the world.

The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel, situated on The Strand, London, with views over the River Thames, is ideally situated for business visitors to The City of London and leisure visitors to London’s Theatres and many other attractions.

The Savoy’s refurbishment has re-established its place on the world stage. The hotel blends elements of its original grandeur with the best of modern energy efficient design. The refurbishment was led by the designer Pierre Yves Rochin.

The Savoy Hotel is best known for Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, its Afternoon Tea experience, and its decor and service.

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel, situated at 150 Piccadilly, London, overlooks Green Park. Its central location is ideal for exploring many of London’s attractions.

The current owners, Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay, bought The Ritz for £80 million in October 1995, at a time when it was in need of significant refurbishment. They spent 10 years and £50 million on a complete and total restoration, which was directed by architect Stelios Constantine.

The Ritz Hotel is best known for “Tea at the Ritz”, The Ritz Restaurant, and the Rivoli Bar.

The May Fair Hotel

The May Fair Hotel, on Stratton Street, in the heart of Mayfair, is ideally placed for visiting London’s many theatres, luxury fashion stores, and art galleries. Many celebrities frequent the May Fair Hotel, due to its warm and friendly welcome.

The May Fair Hotel was reopened in 2006 after a £75 million restoration, which added an expressive contemporary design to the historic building. The lobby is furnished by world famous designers such as the chairs and sofas by Fendi, chandeliers by Baccarat, and paintings from St. Petersburg.

The May Fair Hotel is best known for its signature suites, its Asian-inspired May Fair Spa, the Amba Bar and Grill, the May Fair Bar, and the Palm Beach Casino.

The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel

The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel, a traditional grand hotel on Brook Street, in the heart of Mayfair, is ideally placed for visiting the city, London’s shopping districts including Bond Street, and Hyde Park.

The Claridge’s Mayfair Hotel, or Claridge’s as it is commonly called, is often called the best hotel in London, thanks in part to its close connections with the British Royal Family. Claridge’s is a Grade II listed building.

Claridge’s is best known for designer rooms and luxury suites, the Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s restaurant, and its Art Deco grandeur

The Grosvenor House Hotel

The Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, which enjoys views over London’s iconic Hyde Park, is the largest five star hotel in London.

The Grosvenor House Hotel completed a four year £142 million restoration project in 2008, which added classic contemporary elegance to the traditional style of the hotel. Many original features were retained, with marble bathrooms that reflect an Art Deco influence.

The hotel’s imposing forecourt is graced by the original Lutyens wrought iron gates.

The hotel is most famous for its Great Room, its restaurant Corrigan’s Mayfair, and its society connections.

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Hotel Levante, Cala Bona: A Thomson Holiday in Mallorca

Hotel Levante is located in the fairly quiet area of Cala Bona – an hour’s drive from Palma airport. Cala Bona, on the east coast of Mallorca, is a popular destination for holiday makers particularly for those who enjoy a relaxing, mellow get-away. The harbour area is a short walk from the hotel and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to keep you entertained.

Hotel Levante is a Thomson Gold 4-star accommodation on the island of Mallorca, exclusively for adults – particularly aimed at couples and small groups.

Delicious Dining

The half-board package includes breakfast and dinner in the large air-conditioned dining room which overlooks the sea at one end. There is a good choice at breakfast, which is self-service, with both continental and hot cooked items. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water and juice is all available. Friendly chefs are on hand to cook fried or poached eggs and even omelettes to order.

The buffet -style evening meal has a wide choice of excellent food to suit all tastes. Each night features local specialities and international cuisines along with English favourites.

The Rooms at Hotel Levante

All ‘standard rooms’ at Hotel Levante are air-conditioned with a balcony and have all the basic essentials you would expect – TV, telephone, small fridge and hairdryer. The ‘superior rooms’, which overlook the sea and pool, have tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, flowers, and fruit and wine on arrival.

Our standard twin-bedded room on the third floor was positioned at the end corner of the hotel, meaning the balcony was overlooking the terrace and the sea, giving us the best of both worlds.

Sunbathing and Relaxing at the Hotel

Hotel Levante has a number of areas available for relaxing and sunbathing: the swimming pool, the beach and the roof sun-deck.

As with many hotels abroad, it can be hard to get a sun-bed around the pool after 9am as the majority of guests reserve a place with their towels before sunrise – despite the hotel’s signs asking residents not to do so.

The sun-deck on the third floor roof is a great spot for die-hard sun worshippers. Three canopies open out to provide much-needed shade when the sun’s rays get a little too hot.

Although there is no pool to dip in and out of on the sun-deck, the indoor Jacuzzi allows sunbathers to cool down every now and then. The glass balcony around the deck gives you a fantastic view of the Med.

Hotel Levante by the Beach

The beach can be accessed via the steps next to the pool area. There is a 10 euro charge for two sun-beds and a parasol for the day, which you may seem surprised to hear. This is because it is a private beach and not owned by the hotel but nonetheless it is worth paying for if you don’t want the hassle of getting up early to reserve a pool-side space. After all, you are on holiday.

Hotel Levante’s Gala Evenings

The staff put on a delightful themed gala dinner twice a week – during our two week stay we enjoyed a Chinese theme, Mallorcan theme and a British theme. The staff members make an extra special effort on these particular nights not just with the food, but with the spectacular display, which features carved out vegetables in the form of animals.

First Class Entertainment at Hotel Levante

Each night, Hotel Levante provides a programme of entertainment on the outside terrace including quizzes and bingo. After the resident singer and keyboardist duo have performed, a cabaret act takes the stage. As our room overlooked the terrace, we were able to watch the entertainment from the comfort of our balcony with tributes such as Rod Stewart and The Beatles, as well as comedians and classical musicians.

Thomson Holidays sum up Hotel Levante in one sentence, saying: “This hotel regularly scores 90% or more in our customer questionnaires. And with a beachside setting, great food and fabulous entertainment, it’s easy to see why.”