The Watergate Hotel Appoints Stephanie Rest as Spa & Wellness Director for Argentta

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 9, 2017 – The iconic Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. has named Stephanie Rest as the Spa & Wellness Director at the property's new Argentta spa and wellness center. Renowned in the spa industry, Rest brings a wealth of hospitality, travel, and spa experience to the hotel, which reopened following a $200 million renovation in June 2016.

As the Spa & Wellness Director of Argentta – a $3.5 million luxury spa, pool and wellness center that opened in September 2016 – Rest is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the spa, as well as conceptualizing new programming and membership opportunities. In this new position, Rest plans to launch membership offerings to the Washington community and in March will partner with the Washington Spa Alliance (WSPA) for a grand opening party at the annual WSPA Symposium being hosted at the Watergate Hotel.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stephanie Rest to our amazing team, ” said Rakel Cohen, Senior Vice President of Design, Development and Communications at Euro Capital Properties and co-owner of The Watergate Hotel. “With her entrepreneurial-spirit, leadership skills, and a commitment to quality service for the community, we know she will be a huge asset to the hotel.”

Rest has led award-winning teams for resorts and spas throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Rest brings to the executive team an entrepreneurial-spirit, leadership and a commitment to quality service for the community. In addition to being a part of the renowned Washington Spa Alliance, she is founder of Caribbean Wellness & Education and creator of Spa Camp, a week-long program for teenagers, that serves as a fun and integrative way to create interest in a spa and wellness career, often resulting in camp participants earning an internship or perusing a technical certificate in spa. She also serves on the International Spa Association’s Speaker Task Force, the Global Careership Committee with Global Wellness Institute and is an Ambassador for Global Wellness Day.

"Argentta, meaning silver in Italian, is a healing and restorative place, ” said Rest. “Our spa menu is curated to meet the needs of the traveling hotel guest, as well as residents in the D.C. area. We are returning a sense of community to the waterfront through our membership and wellness programing.”

Argentta is a breathtaking spa and wellness center offering revitalizing treatments, well-appointed amenities, membership packages and intriguing design. Inspired by the Italian word for silver, the name Argentta simultaneously pays homage to the hotel’s original architect, Luigi Moretti, and one of the most powerful healing agents in the world. The 12, 500-square foot world class spa includes the hotel’s original indoor pool, which has been meticulously restored for guests to use year-round, as well as a whirlpool, sauna rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center outfitted in Technogym equipment, six personal treatment suites and one duet suite, steam rooms, a unisex sauna and a nail salon. Guests and members can also take advantage of the gym’s studio space for group or private boot camp-style workouts, yoga, one-on-one strength training, coaching and lifestyle sessions and more.

A true American icon, The Watergate Hotel creates an original luxury experience for the world’s most astute leisure and business travelers. For more information and reservations for The Watergate Hotel and Argentta, visit TheWatergateHotel.com.

About The Watergate Hotel

Following an extensive $200 million renovation, The Watergate Hotel has once again open its doors to guests. Leisure and business travelers alike can experience the revitalized bold mid-century modern design, which blends classic elegance with the extravagance and warmth of a true luxury lifestyle hotel. Under the ownership of international real estate developer, Euro Capital Properties, the distinguished hotel features select interiors by illustrious designer Ron Arad Architects along with intriguing sculptural furnishings from Italian furniture company Moroso. The Watergate Hotel boasts 336 stylish guestrooms, including six exquisite Diplomat Suites, 24 premier suites and two stately Presidential Suites, as well as 27, 000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including a brand new ballroom and 10, 000 square feet of outdoor terraces overlooking the Potomac River. Hotel guests and local residents alike can enjoy access to dining at Kingbird restaurant and its energetic bar, The Next Whisky Bar, and spectacular Top of the Gate rooftop bar and lounge with 360-degree views, in addition to the exclusive Argentta Spa and fitness facility, complete with a lavish indoor pool. The hotel is conveniently located near many of Washington, D.C.'s most popular destinations including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a mere one mile walk to The White House and National Mall, and in the near vicinity to Georgetown shopping, George Washington University, Embassy Row and the picturesque Dupont Circle. For more information, please visit www.thewatergatehotel.com.

About Euro Capital Properties

Euro Capital Properties is an international real estate developer and hospitality management company, bringing design-forward properties such as The Watergate Hotel to major cities around the world. Headquartered in New York, the company's principal has developed and managed iconic properties in Paris such as L'Hotel du Collectionneur with Euro Capital Properties' sister company, The Gate Collection. A strategic partnership remains with the Paris properties.

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