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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


5.0 Excellent 1273 Reviews
Simply Amazing!
Reviewed 1 day ago

The Jefferson was simply amazing and I highly recommend. Would give more than 5 stars if I could. Staff are so friendly it feels like home, location is great, rooms fantastic and I will happily return when next in DC!

Home away from home
Reviewed 2 days ago

I always look forward to The Jefferson when I have an upcoming visit to Washington, DC. It is a beautiful, small, quiet, and charming hotel. The public spaces are fantastic. Plume is stunning with its decor, side rooms, and the china. I look forward to having my meals on the Juliska Country Estate china. It is beautiful! The Quill room is a great place to get a drink at the stunning bar, or lunch at a quiet table. There is also a small, outdoor private garden area that one can dine or have a cocktail or afternoon cappuccino. The service throughout the hotel is impeccable. Everyone employee is happy to fulfill any need or wish you have. The hotel rooms and suites are fully appointed, beautifully decorated, and very quiet. This is truly my home away from home and favorite hotel.

Sublime service
Reviewed 3 days ago

Service is the number one priority at The Jefferson. Everyone from the bellman to the concierge is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Although we arrived at check in time, our room was not ready which was a bit disconcerting but we were offered a beverage in the bar while we waited about 30 minutes. The first room offered was like a closet with very little natural light on a utility/meeting room floor. We had requested an upper level room so we asked if there were any other options which fortunately there were so we were given 3 other choices and found one that was much brighter. Unless you get a suite the rooms are very small due to the age of the building but they are well appointed. We had a major problem with the HVAC air filter in our room which looked like it had not been cleaned in years (filthy). As result the a/c was working minimally and noisily so our first night was very uncomfortable. As soon as we mentioned the trouble the next morning it was fixed immediate but it was disappointing that the maintenance crew was so behind in what should be a routine item. The bar is very lively and the bartenders are magicians, making wonderful concoctions that are all worth a try. The public areas are very small and there is no real lobby as such but guests do have access to private "libraries" where you can sit with your own TV and be served from the bar which is very unique. We only ate breakfasts here but they were delicious, albeit very expensive ($75 for two). The location is a bit off beaten path but was close to a real neighborhood which was great for restaurants and feeling a bit less like a tourist.

stay here!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here with my family and we head a wonderful time. the hotel is beautiful the staff are amazing (and funny) and the location is perfect. on a really hot morning they handed out ice-pops and ice cold water to the whole family as we went out - a lifesaver!!

Excellence personified!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We reviewed this hotel and I had never been to Washington. It was rated #1 in 2017 and we sure agree with that rating! What a high class, high end hotel! From the attention and service offered even before entering the front door which is opened for you with a warm greeting to the amenities. The dining experience was great.