The Jefferson, Washington, DC

A regal and intimate D.C. boutique hotel
The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. underwent a major renovation before reopening in 2009, when the lobby was updated and an arched skylight dating back to the 1920s was unveiled. The decor and art throughout the hotel echo the taste of Thomas Jefferson — most of the furniture consists of custom-built replicas of pieces from Monticello, Jefferson's home.

Framed maps throughout the hotel depict areas where the third president traveled to and was fond of, and some rooms have framed quotes from the leader. The hotel staff members are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about Jefferson's life and the history of the hotel; they'll happily share many fascinating stories if you ask.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Jefferson is just five blocks from the White House and a few more from the National Mall, where you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the museums of the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Enjoy a classic or seasonal libation at Quill, an upscale cocktail lounge with an all-glass bar that glows amber.
  • Historic touches representing Thomas Jefferson make The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. stand apart from other hotels near the White House.
  • Even with so much opulence, the defining characteristic of The Jefferson's design may be how refined it is — nothing seems overdone, and many of its historic and luxurious details are hiding in plain sight.
  • In the lobby, a gallery of historical documents — bearing Jefferson's signature and hung in wide golden frames — presents a mini museum of sorts that seeps into every corner of the hotel.
Things to Know
  • In the guest rooms, you'll find curtains and pillows printed with schematics and images of the former president's Virginia estate, Monticello. You won't find this fabric at local stores, though: It's been specially licensed to the hotel by Jefferson's estate.
  • The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star property has more than 170 Benjamin Moore paint colors, many of them custom to the hotel.
The Rooms
  • There are three types of guest rooms and two suite categories at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C., and all are packed with amenities and unique, amusing touches that will capture your imagination.
  • All three room types come in one of three color themes — gold, platinum or green— but many have slightly different shades.
  • In the suites, 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.
  • Red Flower toiletries made exclusively for luxury hotel fill the bathrooms. The products are gender-neutral in scent and made with organic ingredients including honey, shea butter, orange, jasmine and cedar wood, and are biodegradable and dye-free.
The Restaurants
  • The Greenhouse serves dishes like eggs Benedict with asparagus and prosciutto cotto and chicken and waffles in the morning, along with a black ink risotto with lobster and grass-fed roasted lamb loin at dinner all under a beautiful skylight.
  • Quill, the bar and lounge at The Jefferson, has a seasonally changing menu that includes myriad appetizers and sandwiches. An in-house pianist plays live music Tuesdays to Saturdays, which makes Quill a popular attraction.
24-hour room service
Getting There
1200 16th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20036
DCA (12-20 min)   IAD  
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