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.
- 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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