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What We Love

  • Downtown location close to the White House and all the city sights
  • On-site Plume restaurant, which serves some of the city’s best French fare

What To Know

  • Scene seekers will need to leave the hotel to party
  • The spa is small, so book early
  • Plume is an upscale restaurant; men should wear a jacket to dine


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Elegant downtown D.C. digs with French style and Southern charm just a few blocks from the White House

The Look

As Washington, DC’s only Relais & Châteaux property, the Jefferson has a stately air and hushed vibe that even the namesake third president might have enjoyed. Discreet nooks encourage intimate tête-à-têtes, a cozy library invites guests to curl up with a book, and the small but outstanding Spa at the Jefferson pampers guests with custom treatments inspired by Monticello’s gardens.

Bed and Bath

Thomas Jefferson’s influence is felt throughout the hotel. The 99 guestrooms use his passions for themes: a book on wine or gardening, a strategically placed musical note, a framed map of Paris. There are also luxe amenities such as Red Flower bath products, Porthault linens, Italian marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and lighted mirrors fitted with TVs.


The hotel’s restaurant, Plume, has an Alain Ducasse alum at the stove and a sommelier who studied at the French Laundry. The bar, Quill, is one of the city’s preeminent destinations for craft cocktails and sophisticated ambience; it’s scene-worthy without being pretentious or trendy. Order a cocktail and tapas pairing or try the bar’s signature sips with a “test tube” trio of any three of your faves. The next morning, fuel up for a day of sightseeing with a breakfast of french toast at the Greenhouse.

How to Get There

The Jefferson, Washington, DC
1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States


Wonderful Stay

We stayed at the Jefferson to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time. We had booked a deluxe room over the premium but I'm not sure what the difference was other than the room was more expensive. I asked at the front desk and they told me it was about location in the hotel and sometimes having a bath. Our room was relatively small and the bathroom overall was small, but with a very large walk-in shower, no bath. The lobby is also quite small albeit beautifully decorated. The bars and restaurants are tucked away so you have to find them. But otherwise, we loved our stay at the hotel. Our room was exquisite - clean, comfortable, and very nicely decorated. The hotel has very nice amenities, free hot apple cider in the lobby, an ipad for music and ordering room service in your room, complimentary newspaper of your choice delivered to the room, complimentary water was in a beautiful bottle and they left us yummy shortbread cookies each day. The service is, of course, top notch. We did eat breakfast there. I was a bit disappointed about that. It was quite expensive and the food and service were just mediocre. The location was perfect for us, central to everything we wanted to see.

Superb experience!!!

This was hands down the most elegant hotel! They thought of everything from the amazingly comfortable room with great decor to the plush robes and slippers, a top of the line hair blower, bath salts, large size toiletries that smelled wonderful, great mini bar selection, espresso maker, and even a t.v. In the bathroom mirror! Food and service was top notch too! Comfort and beauty at every turn. We can’t wait to return! Would give them 100 stars if I could!!!

Classy hotel
Mark E

My wife and I had 4 nights at the Jefferson at the start of our road trip. What a start to a holiday! The hotel was amazing, the room was spacious and the bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever experienced.

All of the staff we encountered were extremely helpful and friendly.

Location is great only 4 blocks from the White House and a short walk to some very good restaurants, Commissary was great for breakfast, Logan Tavern was good for traditional US comfort food and Joe's Seafood Prime Steak was for a special occasion.

If we ever return to DC, this is where we will stay..