Renovations Nearly Finished at D.C.'s Watergate Hotel - NBC4 Washington

Renovations Nearly Finished at D.C.'s Watergate Hotel

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    WASHINGTON - JULY 21: The Watergate Hotel, with its fortress-like architecture, was sold at auction for $25 million July 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Watergate Hotel is scheduled to reopen this summer. It's been closed for 12 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Washington's historic Watergate Hotel will soon be open again after a $125 million renovation, and local dignitaries will be on hand for a ceremony as construction draws to a close.

    District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser will be among those in attendance at a "topping off'' ceremony Thursday at the hotel's new grand ballroom. The event will also feature access to the hotel's new 12th-floor rooftop, which offers panoramic views of the Potomac River.

    The Watergate Hotel is scheduled to reopen this summer. It's been closed for 12 years.

    The Watergate complex is best-known as the site of a 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters and subsequent cover-up that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.