The Jefferson

Location:1200 16th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20036

Rating: 5 Stars

Direct Phone Number: (202)-448-2300

Reservations Phone Number: (202)-448-2300


The Jefferson,Washington,DC, enjoys a well-earned reputation asWashington’s finest small hotel. Since 1923, this Beaux Arts jewel has presided over the corner of 16th and M Streets, NW, catering to savvy Washingtonians and the world’s elite travelers.

Rich in historical details, this downtown Washington, D.C. hotel is both European and Washingtonian in style, and inspirations from its namesake, Thomas Jefferson, are found throughout. It is home to one of the city’s finest restaurants, Plume, showcasing the culinary talents of Chris Jakubiec, and a lounge, Quill, that is elevating the art of cocktails inWashington,D.C.

Treatments at the exclusive new Spa at The Jefferson are based on botanicals grown in Thomas Jefferson’sMonticello gardens and are woven into a highly personalized and intimate spa experience.

Areas of discovery unfold at every turn, from private nooks to original Thomas Jefferson-signed documents to a Book Room filled with leather-bound volumes on Jeffersonian-era subjects and signed editions by contemporary authors who have been among the hotel’s guests.

Number of Guest Rooms: 99 Guest Room and Suites

Number of Specialty Suites: 3

Hotel Guest Room Features:

Beds are invitingly sumptuous, dressed in custom Porthault linens, draped in down duvets, accented with coverlets and bolster pillows, and framed with leather upholstery at the head and foot.

Desk chairs covered in dupioni silk pull up to elegant writing desks. Windows open to the outside air. And, in one of the more inspired technological touches, a simple wall-mounted panel of two electronic buttons – one marked “housekeeping” the other “do not disturb” – informs hotel staff of your desires by triggering a subtle light in the hallway outside the guest room door.

Bathrooms with hand-cut Italian and Spanish stonework offer oversized walk-in showers (some also feature deep soaking tubs) and custom bath amenities by red flower.

Seventeen-inch televisions are discreetly hidden within the bathroom mirrors, while abundant counter and shelf space allows plenty of room for your personal items.

Dining Options:

Plume – the Plume wine list has been awarded a “2010 Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator magazine and highest Zagat rating inWashingtonD.C.  Food 26, Service 29, Ambience 29. One of the finest restaurants in the capital, Plume serves as a discreet and elegant backdrop to the culinary artistry of our award-winning executive chef, Chris Jakubiec.

Choose a cozy nook or a table by our inviting fireplace as you savor classic dishes expertly executed by Chef Chris with lighter, contemporary finishing touches that appeal to today’s enlightened palates.

Chef Chris draws on the traditional techniques to create seasonal restaurant menus that are also inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens atMonticello.

A hand-painted mural of Monticello’s south vineyard graces the walls of Plume, evoking Thomas Jefferson’s passion for cultivating, collecting and enjoying fine wines. This lifelong pastime is also reflected in our impressive wine cellar of more than 1,300 labels. Presided over by sommelier Michael Scaffidi, formerly of French Laundry, Plume’s wine list spans more than a dozen nationalities and dates back to a rare 1780 Borges Madeira Bual. Among the more than 50 vintages are those Jefferson himself enjoyed in his time as well as newer wines he might select were he alive today.

Providing the final flourish to this unforgettable dining experience is service as discreet as it is attentive, and always informed.

Below are examples of the current Plume menus, which will change with the seasons and to incorporate the currently available, freshest ingredients.

Quill – Enjoy an expertly poured drink and fine conversation at Quill, our elegant lounge, whose house-made mixers and herbal-infused alcohols have enlightened the cocktail culture ofWashington,D.C.

The inspired “mix” of classic concoctions and signature drinks are paired with a dynamic wine list and a unique collection of specialty spirits, providing a true taste of everything Quill has to offer.

Quill’s lounge interior is steeped in Jeffersonian inspiration. Its parquet flooring recreates the pattern Jefferson designed forMonticello’s main salon, while a collection of 18th-century maps on the walls follow Jefferson’s journey through the wine regions ofFrance,GermanyandItaly. In warmer weather, you are welcome to step out onto the outdoor terrace to savor cigars and cognacs.

The Greenhouse – Washington power breakfasts and express lunches are served under The Jefferson’s historic skylight. Natural light streams in from above, creating an informal, airy setting for daytime meals that perfectly complements the light, fresh and energizing fare on Chef Chris’ inspired menus.


A stay at The Jefferson is as relaxed and enjoyable as a stay at the home of a close friend. A personal butler will greet you on arrival and handle every aspect of your visit. Check-in is conducted in comfortable chairs facing residential-style desks, or, should you prefer, even in the privacy of your room.

Throughout the hotel, you will find service to be intuitive, individualized and flawless.

The services and amenities we provide are designed to enhance your stay in a meaningful way, from up-to-the-minute in-room technology for business and entertainment to a selection of basic black belts and dress shoes to replace those you might have left at home. Thoughtful touches such as complimentary high-speed Internet and complimentary local and long distance telephone calls are standard in every guest room and every guest is provided with complimentary pressing of one garment per stay

Relax at our Washington DC Spa – Renewal and enlightenment await you at the exclusive Spa at The Jefferson in Washington, D.C. Select from the spa’s enticing menu of massages, facials and body treatments that employ herbs and botanicals grown in Monticello’s gardens, and specialized vinotherapies that reflect Thomas Jefferson’s passion for wine.

Indulge in an expert manicure/pedicure.  Try out a new hairstyle in our salon. Or, for men, discover the pleasures of a traditional shave in a vintage-styled barber chair.  Created for the most discriminating spa enthusiast, our spa treatments feature the highest quality products from red flower, Darphin and Olavie.

Nearby Attractions:

As the nation’s capital and a vibrant, multi-cultural city in its own right,Washington,D.C.offers rich rewards for visitors.

And The Jefferson’s enviable location – straddling the city’s political and social scenes at the corner of 16th and M Streets NW – puts guests in the center of it all.

The White House lies just four blocks to the south of The Jefferson, and just beyond it the National Mall, with its world-famous monuments, museums and reflecting pools.

D.C.’s liveliest neighborhood,Dupont Circle, beckons to the immediate northwest with a cosmopolitan mix of restaurants, coffeehouses, blue-chip galleries and trend-setting retail shops.

Dupont Circle, which itself is on the National Register of Historic Places, is also home to many grand, historic residences, a number of which now house embassies, and a concentration of the city’s most prestigious think-tanks and research organizations.

The Jefferson is also near two ofWashington’s trendiest “new” neighborhoods: Penn Quarter and the U Street Corridor. Penn Quarter, halfway between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, boasts more legitimate theaters than any other D.C. neighborhood, as well as numerous designer boutiques, destination restaurants, museums and galleries.

The U Street Corridor is a nine-block stretch from Dupont Circle eastto 9th Street that has traditionally been home toWashington’s jazz scene and the historic Lincoln Theatre.

Today, its shops, restaurants, nightclubs and galleries have made it the city’s hottest night scene. To help you navigate and explore this extraordinary city, The Jefferson’s Concierge maintains a complete list of shops, restaurants, museums and other cultural attractions, and also can point you to many of Washington’s lesser-known delights that might appeal to your own personal interests. Our Concierge at The Jefferson is happy to assist with obtaining reservations and arranging transportation throughout the metropolitan area.

Parking Information

$45 for overnight parking
$10 for guests dining in Greenhouse or Quill

$20 for guests attending a function
Parking is complimentary for guests dining in Plume
For further information, contact The Jefferson at (202) 448-2300
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