The Jefferson, Washington DC

1200 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036 [See Map]
#1 in Best Washington D.C. Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 583 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 95 rooms, 8 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

The Jefferson has been catering to Washington's most elite visitors since 1923, providing a taste of European luxury in the heart of the United States capital. The Beaux-Arts era reigns supreme here, with early 20th century paintings and sculptures lining the checkered floors. The Jefferson's elegant accommodations are appointed with custom-made duvets, plush bathrobes, sleek flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. (For a little more space, upgrade to a suite, which will come equipped with a Nespresso coffee maker and, in some suites, private balconies overlooking the Washington Monument.) Recent guests highly recommend making good use of the on-site spa during your stay, and the in-house gourmet restaurants, Plume and The Greenhouse, earn particularly high praise. They also give props for the Jefferson's location, just a short walk from the National Mall.

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Critic Reviews


“After a massive renovation in 2009, this boutique reopened, and regained its place among DC's elite hotels. It's not as famous as the Hay-Adams, but its subtle blend of technology and colonial charms are second to none.”


“Every inch of this 1923 beaux-arts landmark exudes refined elegance, from the intimate seating areas that take the place of a traditional check-in counter to the delicate blooms and glass atrium at the entryway to Plume, the fine-dining restaurant.”
Award: Fodor's Choice


“Located slightly off the beaten track, about 1/2 mile north of the White House, The Jefferson is an exclusive refuge for privacy seekers, and truly exudes the ambiance of a country house hotel.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014
  • Lonely Planet Recommended
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms at The Jefferson are somewhat small at 300 square feet, and they reflect the tastes of President Thomas Jefferson. They also feature historic touches, including original art and historic documents. All rooms offer views of the city and have dark wood furniture and white accents.

  • In-mirror bathroom TVs
  • Flat-screen TVs and Bose sound systems with iPod docking station
  • Complimentary shoe shine

Standard room size:

300 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 583 guests have reviewed the The Jefferson, Washington DC, giving it a rating of 5.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5.0 (based on 583 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., the Jefferson is less than 2 miles from some of the city’s premier entertainment venues, restaurants and the National Mall's monuments and museums. The hotel is accessible by bus and metro.

  • Farragut West is the nearest metro station (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)
  • Less than a mile to the White House
  • Georgetown around 2 miles west; National Zoo about 2 miles north
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport about 5 miles south; Dulles International Airport about 25 miles west

  • 24-hour valet parking ($45)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Plume is the hotel’s fine dining establishment and Washington, D.C.'s only Forbes-rated restaurant. This upscale restaurant offers dinner only with a prix-fixe menu costing $95 that includes appetizer, entrée, pre-dessert, dessert and chocolates. Its wine program has received Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence and a Five Star rating from Forbes.

  • For lighter fare, The Quill Bar & Lounge offers a classic grill menu and signature drinks
  • Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea is available at The Greenhouse
  • Plume open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:



Forbes Star Rating
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



The Petite Spa is offers specialized and personal experiences for hotel guests. It only accommodates a few clients at a time and offers custom services. Besides facials, body treatments and massages, the spa also offers vinotherapy, which reflects Jefferson’s passion for wine.

  • Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • For an additional $35, services are available after hours
  • Group bookings for up to six available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The Jefferson has an on-site fitness center with free weights, yoga balls and cardio machines.

  • Towels, water bottles and magazines available
  • Complimentary access to the University Club across the street from the hotel, featuring trainers and a pool

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Jefferson offers guests a 24-hour business center and a handful of meeting rooms. Cabinet rooms can accommodate up to six people, and the boardroom can seat 26 people. Catering is available from the Plume restaurant.

  • Private cellar dining room accommodates up to 20 people

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The hotel is pet-friendly, offering dog beds and amenities. It also features a pup named Lord Monticello (aka Monti) as the official Executive Canine Officer.

  • No fees for pets, but a fee may be assessed for damage to a room
  • Guests must crate pets when not in the room

  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



The Jefferson is the spot for a small, private wedding. The hotel offers two wedding packages: a ceremony package and a ceremony and dinner package. The ceremony for both packages is held in the intimate Book Room, which can accommodate up to 25 guests. The dining package includes a private dinner for up to 10 guests in the hotel's Private Wine Cellar.

  • Wedding planner Travis Crytzer handles everything from marriage paperwork to details of the ceremony
  • Two custom Jefferson bowties from Tie The Knot or a keepsake Jefferson crystal bottle stopper
  • Return to a suite filled with rose petals after your event

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Jefferson, Washington DC

1200 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036 [See Full Map]