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The Jefferson, Washington DC
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1200 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
Timmins, Canada
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“Quiet luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently spent a weekend at The Jefferson while visiting Washington for the first time. It is a luxurious yet welcoming boutique hotel with very attentive staff. The location is also great, within a few blocks of the White House and a subway station.

We travelled with our two kids (ages 5 and 10) and according to the website the suite was the only room that could accommodate our family of 4. It was very spacious and consisted of a separate bedroom with a majestic king sized bed and a living room where the kids shared a pull-out couch. I must say this hotel has done a marvelous job of staying sleek, clean and updated while preserving its traditional charm. No compromises here.

The bathroom was fabulous with the best ever toiletries. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I ever mention the bathroom toiletries in a review, but these just made the whole room smell fresh.

I did get the feeling that this hotel mostly catered to adult visitors. Even though they offer a lovely welcome plush toy for the kids, most of the spaces and events were off limits to underage guests. For example, there is live piano music, which I know my kids would have really enjoyed, but it starts late at night and happens in a bar. Also, when the receptionist told us about the great hotel restaurant, he immediately proceeded to clarify that is not really for children. In all fairness we did not attempt to take them there for dinner, maybe they would have been welcome after all.

What really made us think that kids don't come to this hotel often was the pull-out sofa. We are used to pull-out sofas, it's quite common for our kids to sleep on those when we travel. But the one at the Jefferson, while very nice when folded, had the worst mattress we had ever seen. Our 10 year old complained bitterly about it and had me try it - I have to admit she was right. I could feel every single spring stabbing me in the back, I felt like I was trying to lay down on a pile of stiff metal. We ended up requesting extra pillows and lined up the whole mattress with them, and that's how the kids slept. Not a perfect solution, but solved the only problem we encountered at The Jefferson.

Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel to anybody looking for a quiet, luxurious place in Washington. Just don't count on the pull-out sofa.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at The Jefferson from August 14 to 17th and experienced a perfect execution of service and style from everyone we met. Upon arrival, the front desk staff were warm and accommodating, even paying extra attention to our young children by wheeling out a wagon filled with stuffed animals and allowing them to select one to keep. The concierge Chris was creative and reliable, meeting every request we made and even exceeding our expectations by securing hard to find tickets to the Washington Monument. We appreciated the simple touches like self-service coffee in the morning and iced tea throughout the day. The staff accommodated a late check-out and even our lunch in the Quill Bar was delicious and filled with lively discussions about the area and best attractions. It is not often where one can reflect back on a trip and with confidence say that every expectation was met or exceeded with a smile. Looking forward to a return visit … absolute perfection! Keep up the great job!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visit Washington frequently on business and usually stay in inexpensive hotels in Arlington but in the dog days of summer when Congress & lobbyists have gone on vacation the pricey downtown hotels go on sale and we stay there. We have always enjoyed eating at Plume, the prix fixe restaurant at the Jefferson, and wondered what it would be like to stay in this white & black marble jewel box. Reviews here and at Oyster warned about room size but we have grown accustomed to non-supersized rooms at places like the Pierre that make up the difference in style and service. In the Jefferson's case these warnings shouldn't be disregarded. The "regular" rooms are smaller than in Paris and difficult for 2 people to navigate. You must take turns walking in front of the bed and any but a small wardrobe will need to stay in the suitcase. The service and style (of public areas) was everything we expected but since we can't afford a suite we probably won't be back. Hotels with comparable summer discounts (down from $500-$700 to the ~$250 range) include the St. Regis and the Willard. Service is more impersonal at the St. Regis and the Willard is more down at the heels but in the balance we would prefer the St Regis as a better combination of room, public spaces, and service even though Adour, its Alain Ducasse supervised restaurant, has closed.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I spent two nights at The Jefferson, on 10th and 11th August. If you travel to Washington DC, this is definitely the place to stay (especially for holidays purposes). The hotel is simply beautiful, charming and full of character. A must in Washington DC.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JeffersonDC, Manager at The Jefferson, Washington DC, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Dear Sebastien B,

Thank you for taking the time to post about your recent stay at The Jefferson. I am so glad that you and your wife found the hotel to be aesthetically pleasing and full of character.
I hope that should your travels bring you back to Washington, DC you will stay with us again!

Sincerely,

David Bueno
Hotel Manager
dbueno@jeffersondc.com
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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While a little pricey, The Jefferson had a special offer (stay two nights get a third free) when we were in town. The service we received was more than we expected. The front desk was very polite and accommodating after we checked in late due to an accident on our way to DC. After our late check in, it was a nice surprise that our room was already turned down for us with robes and slippers laid out.

After checking out on our last day, we planned to spend the morning and early afternoon sight seeing. The hotel held our luggage and asked for a rough time we would be leaving. When we returned, our car was already out front and our luggage was in the lobby waiting for us.

While the room was a little on the small side (but very nicely appointed), the great service we received more than made up for it. While we are curious about the other DC hotels, it will be incredibly hard to pass up staying at The Jefferson next time we're in town. We definitely plan on going back.

Room Tip: The standard rooms are a little small but are very comfortable.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JeffersonDC, Manager at The Jefferson, Washington DC, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Dear JWessel,

I was so pleased to read your comments regarding you stay with us. I will be sure to pass along your kind words about our staff and the level of service you received at The Jefferson and I hope that the next time you are in Washington, DC we can welcome you back!

Sincerely,

David Bueno
Hotel Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Not cheap, but good value if you like good service, quality surroundings and an excellent location. This hotel is small enough to feel personal and yet big enough to have a good bar, good restaurant and decent amenities. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Keswick, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently celebrated our tenth anniversary at the Jefferson. We have been to DC many times and have celebrated prior anniversaries at the Hay Adams but wanted to try something different. The Jefferson did not dissapoint. The room was compact but elegant and the overall feel of the hotel was more like luxury apartments rather than a hotel. While the meal at Plume was nice (service was great, setting is very elegant) the food did not live up to the standards we have come to expect from other top DC restaurant establishments (Try Blue Duck Tavern, Zaytinya, Rasika, Ris, Vidalia, or many other great DC eats). However overall it was our best stay in DC ever. Glad we tried something different and chose the Jefferson. The staff was outstanding. The hotel manager must be doing something right because everyone from housekeeping to the doormen are professional, courteous, and accomadating. They recognized our annivesary with sparkling cider (we dont drink alcohol) and decadent chocolate dipped strawberries. Having stayed at many top notch hotels around the world, the Jefferson could hold its own with any of them. The only thing they lack are great views. We were upgraded to a deluxe room (very nice recognition of our celebration) but most of these don't really have a view either. I believe only the Thomas Jefferson suite on the top floor has a reasonable view. That being said we would be back in a heartbeat.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1200 16th Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#1 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#1 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#13 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Jefferson, Washington DC 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Jefferson, Washington's second most prestigious address. Distinguished, sophisticated and discreet, this 95-room luxury boutique hotel exemplifies all that its namesake, Thomas Jefferson, held dear -intricately thought-out design, twenty elegantly appointed suites, the most modern amenities including a petite spa, culinary excellence and exceptional personalized service. ... more   less 
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