While the Watergate may be the most famous Washington hotel associated with scandal — it recently got a $125 million renovation playing up the 1972 break-in that lead to Richard Nixon’s downfall — no hotel can compete with the Mayflower when it comes to sheer volume of ignominy.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday became the latest politico to face scrutiny for alleged actions at the historic hotel, telling the Senate Intelligence Committee he couldn’t recall any private conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. on the sidelines of a Donald Trump campaign event there last year.
The hotel, which Harry Truman once called "Washington's second best address" (after the White House) and where J. Edgar Hoover ate lunch every day for years, seems to attract intrigue.
About ten years ago, the Mayflower was the site of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s rendezvous with a high-end call girl. Before that, it was where Monica Lewinsky was infamously photographed hugging Bill Clinton at a campaign event and where she later spoke with investigators — in the presidential suite, no less — ahead of Bill Clinton Clinton’s impeachment.
Before that, Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was convicted of possessing cocaine at the Mayflower in 1989. And even earlier, it was the place where Judith Exner claimed she stayed while having an alleged affair with John F. Kennedy.