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The Jefferson, Washington DC
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

Although we've stayed at some of the finest hotels in the world (and some not so great ones), we've never taken the time to post a review until now. But our experience at the Jefferson during the "snow storm of the century" was so extraordinary that we feel compelled to share our comments.

First off, the hotel itself is a jewel as the result of a painstaking gut restoration. No expense was spared or detail overlooked in creating a harmonious blend of grand spaces (like the restaurant Plume) and intimate nooks and crannies, including a wood paneled library and parlors for conversation. We stayed in a spectacular suite that included antiques and modern conveniences like a nespresso machine.

But what really sets the hotel apart is the service. The property manager Franck Arnold went out of his way to make sure our every need was met, sending us goodies like a complementary cheese tray and bottle of wine one night, chocolate covered figs the next. The concierges and reception staff could not have been more helpful, arranging for a driver and SUV to brave the start of the storm to get us safely to and from an event on Friday night. On Saturday, the staff offered to arrange a meeting with the chef (also stuck at the hotel) to plan a special dinner for Saturday night. Chef went over the options with us and sent us a printed menu for approval. The staff set up a private table for 2 in the library room where we dined by candle light before the fireplace among volumes on Jefferson, Franklin and their contemporaries. We loved the meal we had at Plume on Thursday night (and the service, particularly from Michael the sommelier). But the meal on Saturday was one of the best we've ever had, particularly the gateaux of sole with truffles. Michael repeated his excellent wine service, treating us to a glass of 1922 Madeira with our desert. We were able to catch a flight out of Richmond on Sunday (when flights out of all three DC area airports were canceled) only because the staff was again able to arrange for a car to pick us up on 30 minutes notice.

In short, the extraordinary staff at the Jefferson turned getting stuck in Washington during last weekend's storm into one of the best travel experiences of our lives. We could not recommend this hotel more highly.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

My husband and I wanted to get away for a special weekend in DC and this was exquisite. The rooms are beautifully decorated--ours has charcoal gray French linens and copper-tone pillows. Big, luxurious bed and bathtub--I watched a movie on a screen in the bathroom mirror while I soaked in the tub. After a busy day, we ate one dinner in the pub, which has a pianist and a very cool amber-colored bar that glows in the dark. Other people played chess and had drinks in front of the fire in the library. The breakfast was delicious, and the staff were attentive without being intrusive--they all knew that we were looking for certain tickets to a museum, for example. We also like the Hay-Adams but since the Jefferson's renovation, it is much more elegant. We'll definitely return.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2009

Everything about the new Plume restaurant was perfect for us. Elegant but not pretentious, terrific staff who were extremely attentive and great food and wine in the extensive tasting menu. We both did a tasting menu at one of Vienna’s best hotels two weeks before and this beat that hands down. We will certainly be back! Congratulations.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2009

My wife and I just spent a night at the Jefferson for a quick getaway. We live nearby and were familiar with many of the nicer hotels in Washington, DC. The Jefferson has just re-opened after 2 1/2 years of renovation. We picked this hotel due to it's size. Not small like a boutique hotel, but not as large as the local nice hotels (Hay Adams/Four Seasons etc.) It has 99 rooms. We were upgraded to a deluxe room upon arrival. The room was very tasteful with detailed trim work, a sophisticated shade of gray on the walls and artwork which details the dawning of the American Republic. The bathrooms are well appointed with an in mirror small TV, granite, separate toilet area separated by opaque glass and a walk in shower. The lobby is exquisite with the original domed (half cylndrical) sky light bringing natural light into the breakfast dining area, where a fountain gently flows along the side of the alcove of clean, granite blocks. It really is a spectacular hotel. The staff was attentive and agreeable, and in fact deferential without a hint of snobbery. We will be back, without question the next time we need a quick getaway.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 10, 2017
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  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled on business
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