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The Watergate Hotel
Washington, D.C.

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 Democratic National Committee offices in the hotel complex, the burglars also attempted to bug the office. 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.

The term "Watergate" became the eponym for "scandal" in modern America. No matter how much 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.

(Photo: Marco Rubino/Shutterstock)

10 hotels with scandalous pasts

Hotels have long stood as an escape — where we can trade in everyday life for room service, fluffy bathrobes and maybe an extra drink with dinner. But while our breaks from the norm are free from the public's prying eyes, the rich, famous and powerful cannot always keep their diversions hidden behind closed doors. Here are 10 hotels that have played host to some of history's most notorious scandals. | By Risa Seidman, U.S. News

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