Downtown, Washington DC
Elegant and multifaceted – just like its famous namesake
As its name implies, this traditional hotel is a luxurious homage to Thomas Jefferson. Royal busts and paintings on the first floor portray the former president and original documents that discover his signature are framed in one of the corridors. Tailor-made toile curtains in the bedrooms depict scenes from Monticello and other buildings designed by Jefferson, and a beautiful library houses a hardcover collection of Jefferson’s writings.
Jefferson made its debut in 1923 as the Jefferson Apartment, a luxury residential building. In 1955, it was converted into a hotel and had remained one of the most prestigious DCs ever since. In 2009, The Jefferson reopened after closing to undergo a complete overhaul. The entire building was demolished, all the way to the wiring, and several new features, including the spa, were added.
Even with the makeover, Jefferson’s style, unlike the five-pearl Four Seasons and Park Hyatt, is predominantly Old World. It is full of delicate architectural flourishes, old books, marble fireplaces, and the proper doorman parked in front looks directly out of Downton Abbey.
In downtown DC, a 10-minute walk to the White House and Dupont Circle.
Jefferson is in the heart of the “old center,” just a 10-minute walk from the White House. Plenty of great restaurants are a short stroll north of Dupont Circle and Logan Circle, but the immediate neighborhood can border on the strangely deserted 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
- 10-minute drive to Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Sleek and high-tech, but some are small for the price.
Jefferson’s 99 rooms offer sumptuous beds, beautiful bathrooms, elegant interior design, and state-of-the-art technology. It is difficult 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 always classic, with wall frames, white bedspreads, and patterned curtains that describe Jefferson’s Monticello house. Each room includes fully stocked minibars, Bose stereos, bathrobes and slippers, filtered water, free Wi-Fi, and room service call buttons. Only suites have coffee makers, and some units are small. Bathrooms are sophisticated and modern, with walk-in showers and mirror TVs.
boutique spa, modern fitness center, business center, and two excellent restaurants
The Jefferson offers a 24-hour fitness center, business center, meeting rooms, plus a luxury spa, which is rare in DC. The hotel also has a flashy renowned restaurant, Plume, which serves French-American cuisine inspired by the kitchen gardens in Monticello (open for dinner five days a week). Jefferson’s main 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 accessible throughout the hotel.