The Watershed Hotel in Norwalk, CT Announces Official Opening

Published May 2nd 2024

RMS Companies Presents Its Newest
Elevated Hospitality Experience In Norwalk, Connecticut

April 18, 2024, Norwalk, CT: After completing an extensive renovation and revitalization of the former Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk, RMS Companies has officially announced the opening of The Watershed, a 96-room boutique hotel and event venue at 353 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851. RMS Companies first opened the former Hotel Zero Degrees in 2013 and operated the hotel under that name for the past decade. The hotel has been under renovation for the past five months and has now been rebranded as The Watershed.
Located in Norwalk’s Main Street District, amid a bustling corporate, commuter, residential, and retail community, The Watershed is a charming New England-style oasis nestled along the Norwalk River. Its reimagined design aesthetic exudes modern elegance with a warm and tranquil ethos. The renovated space includes redesigned guest rooms and suites, a refurbished lobby and lounge, state-of-the-art conference rooms, curated art and design features, and an expansive rooftop terrace and bar. Beinfield Architecture, a local Norwalk powerhouse architecture firm that specializes in the hospitality industry, and HVS Design, based in Maryland, innovators in hospitality interior design and branding, spearheaded The Watershed’s stunning transformation.

The Watershed is owned and operated by RMS Companies, an award-winning real estate development and management company with luxury residential communities and hospitality properties located throughout the Tri-state area, including The Blake Hotel (New Haven, CT), The Lloyd (Stamford, CT), The Goodwin (Hartford, CT), and Hotel Zero Degrees (Danbury, CT). 
With a strong foundation in hospitality and a stellar track record for service, contemporary appeal, convenience, and top-notch amenities, the former Hotel Zero Degrees has consistently maintained its position as one of the top-rated boutique hotels in the Fairfield County Area.  RMS Companies aims to surpass these standards, starting with its elevated design, genuine hospitality experience, and commitment to local sustainability practices and partnerships.

“We are thrilled to announce the official launch of The Watershed,” said Brandon Salvatore, the Director of Hospitality at RMS Companies. “We have completely reimagined each space within the hotel to capture the natural elements surrounding the property, mainly the river that runs directly behind the hotel. We are hopeful and confident that our work will yield memorable experiences for our guests and add a high-end amenity to the Norwalk community.”

The Watershed’s Rooms and Suites are a testament to luxury and comfort, offering some of the most spacious accommodations in the area. Each room is adorned with custom-designed furnishings, 55” flat-screen TVs, designer beds with down duvets, and expansive bathrooms stocked with upscale Malin & Goetz toiletries. The interiors are a blend of soothing shades, LVT flooring, and artwork that emphasizes the natural essence of the hotel, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere for guests.

Meeting and event spaces at The Watershed include three versatile private conference rooms (that can be combined into one large room) with full A/V capabilities and an open-air rooftop bar and lounge that is set to open in May, overlooking the Norwalk River and Silvermine Woods. These unique gathering spaces offer food and beverage catering service by Siena Ristorante and serve as ideal settings for both corporate and social events. From tailored weddings, milestone celebrations, and corporate outings, The Watershed’s team will help plan and execute a seamless event.

Additional on-site amenities include high-speed Wi-Fi, a fitness center, covered parking, an on-site Grab & Go market, and dry cleaning and laundry services.

The hotel’s on-site restaurant partner is Siena Ristorante, a modern Italian restaurant and spirited bar that features old-school dishes with a new-school vibe. Pizza, pasta, market fresh fish, steaks and chops, and house-made desserts share the stage with craft cocktails and a curated wine list.
Conveniently located 40 miles outside of New York City, with direct access from CT-15 Merritt Parkway, I-95 Thruway, and Metro-North Railroad, the city of Norwalk is a vibrant coastal community with an abundance of cultural destinations, entertainment venues, hiking trails, retail therapy, and a thriving dining scene.