The Jefferson, Washington, DC
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
My wife and I needed two nights in Washington DC and thought to stay at The Jefferson Hotel. We were fortunate to say the least. The Jeffersonian architectural touches and interior design was engaging with attention to detail rarely seen these days. From the moment we arrived to the day we left, the entire staff could not have been more accommodating. All of our requests were taken care of promptly with professionalism, kindness and a smile. Our room (suite with balcony) was also quite impressive with all the comforts required. We would also rate our dining experience 4 to 5 stars as well.
If I were pressed to give a negative, I doubt I could find one. So, for the discerning traveler... yes, I highly recommend The Jefferson.
From arriving to departing, the staff where amazing! They welcomed us every time we entered the lobby, the turn down service was great and the rooms where great. The only criticism was the size of the rooms, however this is expected in a city centre location. It’s a great location for the White House, 10 minute walk. We dined in the restaurant one evening which is a michilen star and the food/value were exceptional. We still stay again next time in Washington.
My wish for a quiet room was considered.However this is not a very quiet area.
Amenities as expected in a five star hotel.Complimentary morning coffee in the library was very convenient.The bar quite lively,good food and very attentive staff.Front desk could be more welcoming.
This hotel exudes class. The staff is friendly and service oriented. Like many older hotels, the rooms are very nice but not giant. Beautiful place at a great location. The bar here has 5 star bar tenders. I did not eat at the restaurant, but it has a Michelin Star. Just a classy place.
After I tried multiple places & times on line, Cliff, one of the concierges of the Jefferson Hotel was able to obtain timed passes to the African American Museum for History & Culture for our April trip. So glad he did because it was the highlight of our recent DC trip.
The hotel is centrally located to many museums. We were easily accommodated by the hotel in getting taxis.
A minor problem with the shower head was quickly fixed. Staff friendly & accommodating. We were celebrating our 46th anniversary & the staff was so kind to acknowledge that with chocolate dipped strawberries & a congratulatory note.
The hotel is said to be boutique but it seems more like a small hotel to me not boutique size. Rooms are impeccably clean & super quiet. Seemed like a business hotel as there were conference rooms & lots of corporate people.
The Quill was a wonderful little bar/restaurant that we took advantage of during our 4 day stay.
If I can make a few suggestions to the hotel I would encourage the use of guests by name by the staff. In boutique hotels they usually know who is coming & going. By the way, the security in this hotel is very good. I would also like to suggest some complimentary snacks during the day to guests.
The coffee & mini morning muffins were very good but other than that it is nonexistent. Other than those 2 suggestions I enjoyed my stay & would recommend this hotel to others looking for a quiet, super clean stay while in DC