The Jefferson

Dupont Circle and Embassy Row, Washington DC

The hotel

You can’t stay at the White House – but this five star hotel comes pretty close. And we’re not just talking about its location near DC’s most famous ‘house’. The Jefferson Hotel also has a distinctly ‘Presidential’ air about it. Inspired by the beloved plantation of the third US President, and hotel’s namesake, everything from your guestroom’s drapes, to the ingredients in Petite Spa’s treatments, to the epicurean delights at its Michelin-starred Plume restaurant, has a nod to Thomas Jefferson. Even the hotel’s pet pooch is named after his plantation, ‘Monticello’. Inside its beautiful Beaux Arts wrapping, mod cons like complimentary WiFi mingle with a vast collection of antiques, artworks, and historic documents signed by Jefferson. But the pièce de résistance is the original 1923 skylight, flooding light into The Greenhouse, one of the hotel’s three exclusive dining venues.

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In downtown Washington DC, this hotel’s just a few blocks from the White House and within easy strolling distance of other must-see landmarks, famous museums and galleries, world-class shopping, restaurants, cafés, and bars, and districts like Dupont Circle. It’s also only a few hundred metres from the nearest subway stops, and is close to a full-service health club and pool. Transfer time from Washington Dulles International Airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

99 rooms and suites. All with individual temperature control, flatscreen smart TV, in-mirror bathroom TV, iPad (for hotel information and services), in-desk charging stations, smart button (to request housekeeping or privacy), refreshment centre (fully stocked), filtered bottled water, children’s games, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers, umbrella and daily newspaper. Premier Rooms are 300–380 sq ft and have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Rooms are 320–440 sq ft and have an Italian marble bathroom with large walk-in shower, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Suites are 630–690 sq ft and have a separate living area, with 1 king-size bed and pull-out sofa bed in the living area, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Plume (Michelin starred fine dining and award-winning wine menu, open for dinner, Tuesday-Saturday). Quill (classic grill menu and cocktail lounge, open for lunch and dinner). The Greenhouse (open weekdays for breakfast and lunch, and weekends for brunch). 24-hour room service*. Petite Spa*. 24-hour fitness centre. Book Room (with fireplace). Clefs d’Or Concierges. Laundry and dry-cleaning services* (same day). Ironing service*. Basic black belts and custom Jefferson black ties available (other garments also available on request). Complimentary WiFi. Valet parking* (two EV charging stations available).

*Denotes local charge.

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Nov 5, 2019 dbruzer Dayton

We stayed at the Jefferson to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time. We had booked a deluxe room over the premium but I'm not sure what the difference was other than the room was more expensive. I asked at the front desk and they told me it was about location in the hotel and sometimes having a bath. Our room was… Read more
We stayed at the Jefferson to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time. We had booked a deluxe room over the premium but I'm not sure what the difference was other than the room was more expensive. I asked at the front desk and they told me it was about location in the hotel and sometimes having a bath. Our room was relatively small and the bathroom overall was small, but with a very large walk-in shower, no bath. The lobby is also quite small albeit beautifully decorated. The bars and restaurants are tucked away so you have to find them. But otherwise, we loved our stay at the hotel. Our room was exquisite - clean, comfortable, and very nicely decorated. The hotel has very nice amenities, free hot apple cider in the lobby, an ipad for music and ordering room service in your room, complimentary newspaper of your choice delivered to the room, complimentary water was in a beautiful bottle and they left us yummy shortbread cookies each day. The service is, of course, top notch. We did eat breakfast there. I was a bit disappointed about that. It was quite expensive and the food and service were just mediocre. The location was perfect for us, central to everything we wanted to see. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Superb experience!!!

Oct 27, 2019 kellymL8837QA Staten Island, New York

This was hands down the most elegant hotel! They thought of everything from the amazingly comfortable room with great decor to the plush robes and slippers, a top of the line hair blower, bath salts, large size toiletries that smelled wonderful, great mini bar selection, espresso maker, and even a t.v. In the bathroom mirror! Food and service was… Read more
This was hands down the most elegant hotel! They thought of everything from the amazingly comfortable room with great decor to the plush robes and slippers, a top of the line hair blower, bath salts, large size toiletries that smelled wonderful, great mini bar selection, espresso maker, and even a t.v. In the bathroom mirror! Food and service was top notch too! Comfort and beauty at every turn. We can’t wait to return! Would give them 100 stars if I could!!! Read less
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Oct 18, 2019 Mark E Bearsted, United Kingdom

My wife and I had 4 nights at the Jefferson at the start of our road trip. What a start to a holiday! The hotel was amazing, the room was spacious and the bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever experienced. All of the staff we encountered were extremely helpful and friendly. Location is great only 4 blocks from the White House and a… Read more
My wife and I had 4 nights at the Jefferson at the start of our road trip. What a start to a holiday! The hotel was amazing, the room was spacious and the bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever experienced. All of the staff we encountered were extremely helpful and friendly. Location is great only 4 blocks from the White House and a short walk to some very good restaurants, Commissary was great for breakfast, Logan Tavern was good for traditional US comfort food and Joe's Seafood Prime Steak was for a special occasion. If we ever return to DC, this is where we will stay.. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pleasant, comfortable stay

Oct 14, 2019 MarkReynolds London, United Kingdom

Pleasant, comfortable stay - my room was a good size with a very large bathroom with separate bath and shower. Desk and chair weren't the most practical for working, although WiFi was good. No in-room refreshments, although tea, coffee, etc. are served downstairs in the morning and afternoon. Great, cosy bar also.
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Oct 13, 2019 busssteven

We had a nice stay, hotel, services, etc. very good. The room was very small and we felt crowded. This is alot to ask as I am returning and if I don't make it through this requirement this time I will not be submitting a review.