Hotels are the perfect places for the rich and famous to engage in questionable conduct. They're private enough to be concealed from prying public eyes, yet they're also an exciting escape from the monotony of home. It's no wonder that hotels have provided the backdrop for many of this century's most notorious scandals. The 10 hotels on this list have seen just about everything, from political intrigue and extramarital affairs to drug abuse and assassination attempts. Truly, if these walls could talk...
The Watergate Hotel
In the wee hours of June 17, 1972, five men (later found to be associated with President Richard Nixon's re-election campaign) broke into the Watergate Hotel on Washington, D.C.'s waterfront. Looking to steal classified documents from the offices of the Democratic National Committee (located within the hotel complex), the Watergate burglars also attempted to bug the office by setting up wiretaps on its telephones. It wasn't until after Nixon's landslide win in the 1972 presidential election that the extent of his campaign's involvement in the Watergate break-in came to light. On Aug. 8, 1974, Nixon announced he would resign as the 37th president of the United States. The Watergate scandal forever changed the face of American politics, and the term "Watergate" became the eponym for "scandal" in modern America. However, no matter how badly you might want to book a stay or bug a phone in The Watergate Hotel, you can't — the property is closed for renovations until spring 2014.
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