The Watergate makes a comeback

The Watergate Hotel, known best for the 1972 scandal that led to President Nixon’s resignation, will reopen this summer after a $125 million renovation. It had been closed since 2007 after going through multiple owners, foreclosure and unsuccessful plans to turn it into condos.

The Watergate — part of a complex that includes office buildings — isn’t open for tours, but is pointed out on some city tours and tourists still review it on sites like TripAdvisor. (The concensus: There’s not much to see, but it’s fun to be able to say you were there.)

During the renovation, the hotel was gutted. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so changes to the distinctive undulating exterior are very limited. It is getting new meeting space, a large rooftop lounge and other amenities. In addition, it will have more — but smaller — rooms, going from 251 to 340.