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
- 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
We have had the pleasure of staying at The Jefferson before; but with each visit we experience something new and further deepen our convictions on why we wouldn't stay anywhere else in DC!
DC during Cherry blossom season is magical and so is the Jefferson.
This is a lovely hotel situated just a few minutes walk from the White House. The rooms are clean and spacious. The staff are lovely. It would have been 5 stars if the room had tea making facilities and if when we ate breakfast in the hotel the order had been right and the meat cooked.
This was a fantastic experience - we were always made to feel special. The staff was helpful, very friendly and always trying to excel.
The hotel itself has a unique charm: the rooms and amenities like coffee in the book room.
First-rate service and amenities in an elegant Beaux Arts building, with top-notch staff at every level. We stayed in Room #412, a suite, which comes with every conceivable convenience and thoughtful touches (great shower, bathtub stocked with bath salts, comfy bedding, commodious desk and comfortable furnishings in living area, and espresso machine with full range of coffee offerings.) Everyone from front desk to concierge is helpful and extremely knowledgeable; we preferred the location in serene walkable neighborhood which was nevertheless easy walking distance to attractions and restaurants preferable to earlier stays at hotels in more commercial areas. Would never stay at another hotel in Washington now that we've experienced the Jefferson.
We cannot say enough about the Jefferson. From the moment we drove in to the drive away there was nothing but positive experiences. We say plural because it carried from the doorman, the receptionist, the bell man, the restaurant servers, the bar attendants, housekeepers on and on. We had dinner at the restaurant and it was exceptional, but even more so were the three breakfasts that we enjoyed. At, the bar there was no skimping on drinks and peanuts. We were offered a car ride to a restaurant in George Town for which we took advantage and enjoyed a delightful ride with the chauffeur. YES it's expensive but worth every penny and more..and I don't say this to encourage the hotel to raise its prices.
Thank you for a very enjoyable three days in DC.