The Jefferson, Washington, DC

1200 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036-3202  [SEE MAP]Washington, DC  [SEE ADDRESS]

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This hotel features an award-winning restaurant on-site
Valet-only parking is expensive here
The Jefferson, Washington, DC 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 iPads, walk-in showers, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access. (For a little more space, upgrade to a suite, which will come equipped with a coffee maker and, in some, balconies overlooking the Washington Monument.) Recent guests highly recommend making good use of the intimate on-site spa during your stay, and the in-house gourmet restaurants, Plume and The Greenhouse, earn particularly high praise, along with the on-site bar, Quill. Visitors also give props for The Jefferson's location, which is just a short walk from the National Mall.
Washington, DC
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 99 rooms
Primary View
City center
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers


  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating


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Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards


A historic luxury property with a boutique feel, the 99-room Jefferson is among the most elite hotels in D.C. It's not as famous as the Hay-Adams, but its subtle blend of technology (TVs embedded in bathroom mirrors; electronic housekeeping buttons) and colonial charms (intimate library, working dumbwaiter) are second to none.



Distinguished guests have been staying here since 1923 (Obama used it as his campaign office), obviously enjoying its elegant Beaux-Arts décor, classic library, eclectic antiques, and period artifacts. Hints at the nation’s third president abound throughout as well, including original documents and Jeffersonian motifs.



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.

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1296 have reviewed the The Jefferson, Washington, DC, giving it a rating of 5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1296 reviews 5.0 (based on 1296 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms at The Jefferson are somewhat small at 320 square feet, and they reflect the tastes of President Thomas Jefferson. They also feature unique 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 fully stocked refreshment centers
  • Complimentary shoeshine

Standard room size320 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

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, 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 ($55)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

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


Plume is the hotel’s fine dining establishment and is one of Washington, D.C.'s only Forbes-rated restaurants. The eatery was also awarded a Michelin star in 2016. This upscale restaurant offers dinner only with a prix fixe menu that includes an appetizer, entrée, pre-dessert, dessert and chocolates.
  • For lighter fare, The Quill offers a classic grill menu and signature drinks
  • Breakfast, lunch and brunch are available at The Greenhouse

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAmerican

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Petite Spa 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


Guest rooms come with games for children, and because of the hotel's central location, families can enjoy child-friendly museums such as the National Air and Space Museum.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs