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There are three types of guest room at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C., and all are packed with amenities and unique, amusing touches that will capture your imagination. Classic rooms are the most basic guest room, offering a king- or queen-size bed in 300 square feet of space. You'll get a slightly larger space (up to 320 square feet) in a premier room and king beds. Deluxe rooms range from 320 to 440 square feet, include a king bed, and are among the rooms offering an extra-deep soaking tub. All three room types come in one of two color themes — a golden hue or a darker pewter — but many have slightly different shades. The Forbes Trave Guide Four-Star hotel has more than 170 Benjamin Moore paint colors, many of them custom to the hotel.
The Washington D.C. hotel is filled with homages to Thomas Jefferson, but they're not just in the lobby. In all types of guest rooms you'll find curtains and pillows printed with schematics and images of the former president's estate, Monticello. You won't find this fabric at local stores, though: It's been specially licensed to the hotel by Jefferson's estate. In many rooms, the artwork, from the owner's personal collection, is also Jefferson-inspired — above the bed of each suite there's a quote from his life.
Take a sip of the complimentary water, bottled and sealed onsite in etched glass bottles, as you enjoy the room's technology features. Besides the standard flat-screen TV in the main guest room area, there's a Bose Wave radio that is tuned to classical music at check-in. Keep it tuned there or dock your iPod before pressing the button by your room's front door to indicate that you don't want to be disturbed (this system also includes a maid service request button and houses a doorbell outside for the hotel staff and other guests to use). Wi-Fi is free, but the leather-blottered desk also includes an Ethernet cord for wired use. If you didn't bring your laptop, the concierge desk can help you procure one, or you can borrow one of the staff's iPad tablets.
Red Flower toiletries made exclusively for luxury hotel are in the bathrooms. The body wash, lotion, hair wash and bar soap are gender-neutral in scent and made with organic ingredients including organic honey, shea butter, rice bran amino acids, orange, jasmine and cedar wood, and are biodegradable products free of dyes and petrochemicals. (They're also made in the United States.) There's no conditioner, but if you need some, call the concierge desk.
Your bathroom's most interesting feature is inside the mirror: A 17-inch television is embedded in each bathroom mirror, so you can catch up on the day's news while shaving or hear Jon Stewart skewer it in the evening while prepping for bed.