A historic luxury property with a boutique feel, the 99-room
Jefferson is among the most elite hotels in D.C. It's not as famous as the Hay-Adams,
but its subtle blend of technology (TVs embedded in bathroom mirrors;
electronic housekeeping buttons) and colonial charms (intimate library, working
dumbwaiter) are second to none. It also has a good location, just south of
vibrant Dupont Circle and within walking distance of the White House. While The Jefferson may not offer the famous views of its closest competitor in the area, the Hay-Adams (which overlooks the White House), it does have larger rooms and is closer to the action in Dupont Circle.
Elegant, stylish, and multifaceted -- just like
its famous namesake
Like its name implies, this traditional hotel is a luxurious homage to
Thomas Jefferson. Busts and regal paintings on the first floor depict the former president, and original documents baring his signature are framed in one of
the hallways. Custom-made toile draperies in the rooms depict scenes from
Monticello and other buildings designed by Jefferson, and a lovely library houses
a hardcover collection of Jefferson’s writings.
The Jefferson made its debut in 1923 as the Jefferson Apartment, a luxury residential building. In 1955, it was converted to a hotel, and has remained one of D.C.'s most prestigious ever since. In 2009, The Jefferson reopened after closing to undergo a complete overhaul. The entire building was gutted, all the way down to the wiring, and a number of new features, including the spa, were added.
Even with the revamp, the style of the Jefferson, unlike the five-pearl Four Seasons and Park
Hyatt, is predominantly Old World, and it's filled with delicate architectural flourishes, vintage books, marble
fireplaces, and the suited doorman stationed out front looks
straight out of Downton Abbey.
D.C., a 10-minute walk to the White House and Dupont Circle
The Jefferson is in the heart of "old downtown,"
just a 10-minute walk to the White House. Plenty of great restaurants are a
short walk north in Dupont Circle and Logan Circle, but the immediate neighborhood can border on eerily desolate at night.
Seven-minute walk to Farragut North metro station (Red Line)
Three-minute walk to the National Geographic Society museum
10-minute drive to the Capitol, Smithsonian museums, Lincoln
Memorial, and other points of interest on the National Mall
Elegant and high-tech, but some are small for
The Jefferson's 99 rooms offer sumptuous beds, lovely bathrooms,
elegant interior design, and state-of-the-art technology. It’s hard to describe a typical room here,
because the property offers dozens of different room types -- all in various sizes,
layouts, color schemes, and themes -- but the decor is consistently classic,
with wall moldings, white bedspreads, and patterned drapes depicting Jefferson’s
Monticello home. Every room includes fully stocked minibars, Bose stereos, bathrobes and slippers, filtered water, free Wi-Fi, and room
service call buttons. Only suites have coffeemakers, and some units are small. Bathrooms are slick and modern, with walk-in showers and mirror TVs. Upgrading to a Deluxe Suite or above gets you the addition of a deep soaking tub (these are also found in certain Deluxe Rooms).
Boutique spa, modern
fitness center, business center, and two nice restaurants
The Jefferson offers a 24-hour gym, business center, meeting rooms plus a luxury spa,
which is rare in D.C. The hotel also has a swanky renowned restaurant,
Plume, which serves French-American cuisine inspired by the kitchen gardens at
Monticello (open for dinner five days a week). The Jefferson’s primary
restaurant, The Greenhouse, serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea. A
traditional bar, Quill, also serves lunch and snacks and has a seasonal outdoor
terrace. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.
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