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The Watergate Hotel just got cooler. You can ice skate to their rooftop bar.



A "360-degree views of the nation's capital," and "special F&B menu with seasonal offerings and treats."

The already famous Watergate Hotel just got a little more interesting with their rooftop ice skating rink and skate-up bar offering holiday drinks.

Their website says, "guests and locals alike are invited to enjoy the magical winter wonderland that will transform the famous hotel's rooftop bar 'Top of the Gate' into a skating rink and cozy winter lounge.

The skating rink was originally built by Marc Kohn in his Poolesville, Maryland yard, in 2015 as a tribute to his late stepdaughter Melanie, who was an avid hockey fan.

And get this, the skating rink is not actually made of ice. It is a high-density plastic covered with a slippery top coat that feels just like ice.

Due to zoning and code violations in Montgomery County, Kohn's 2015 rink was dismantled. But last winter, it moved to a Jewish Community Center in Rockville, MD.

For 2017, Kohn reached out to a number of DC hotel's with rooftop bars, and the Watergate responded.

Reservations are not required to skate; just bring coat, gloves, and holiday spirit. Admission costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids, and a portion of the proceeds goes to Mel's Rink Foundation.

So far the Watergate Hotel's ice rink has been featured in publications like The Washington Post, EaterDC, the Washingtonian, and USA Today.

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