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
We chose The Jefferson because we wanted to stay at a premium hotel near Embassy Row. The hotel did not disappoint. We enjoyed a spacious, well-appointed suite and outstanding service. The Greenhouse, off the hotel's lobby, served an excellent breakfast, while the Quill lounge offered an ambient setting for live piano, excellent food and cocktails. Plume, located off the The Greenhouse, is an outstanding Michelin one star and Forbes five star restaurant. The food and service were impeccable, as you'd expect. The hotel is walking distance to embassy row and the White House. We would definitely return to The Jefferson.
My husband and I stayed here for two nights in a Deluxe Suite. The room was elegant, spacious and comfortable. It had a huge bathroom and separate sitting area. Just loved the gold and cream hues, with a perfect blend of old and modern touches. We were supplied with more than enough towels and the shower pressure was awesome. The property is just gorgeous overall. I cannot say enough about the staff here and their professionalism. Rachel at Quill makes outstanding cocktails; Chris at the Concierge provides great suggestions; Omar at breakfast is just wonderful. The doormen are are welcoming and helpful. There is complimentary iced-tea all day long in the lobby that my husband loved. Breakfast in Greenhouse was delicious. I could go on and on. The July room rates were quite reasonable and our American Express benefits made it a slam dunk. Our only problem now is that the bar has been raised and probably the rates in the peak months, too! Still, we will stay here again in the future, no doubt.
I come to DC often but this was my first stay at the Jefferson. Top quality. I would rank it among the best of smaller hotels in DC Beautiful rooms. Multiple Excellent housekeeping service. Excellent food and drink and bar and restaurant service. Excellent front office and concierge service. I ran out of hair spray and the bell hop had hair spray dispensers to give me. One suggestion. My computer broke and I had to go to Fedex because you have no business center. You might dedicate a small public desk with a computer for guests to use. Thanks. JH