The Jefferson, Washington, D.C. – Hotel Review
Four blocks from the White House, near D.C.’s K Street and Connecticut Avenue power corridors, The Jefferson seamlessly blends fresh décor with traditional style, and classic service with modern technology. The Beaux Arts-style structure, which first opened as a luxury residential building in 1923, has operated as The Jefferson hotel since 1955. After closing for renovation in 2007, the Jefferson reopened in 2009.
The hotel is a fascinating paean to Thomas Jefferson, with aesthetic references to the former president throughout, such as a replica of French artist Jean-Antoine Houdon’s bust of Jefferson, depictions of Monticello, and documents signed by Jefferson.
Porters offered assistance as soon as we pulled into the front drive. After our bags were brought into the hotel, a valet parked our car, and we were guided into the lobby, with its gleaming black-and-white diamond patterned floors. (Valet parking is $40 per 24 hours.) We took seats at one of the reception desks, and after a quick and pleasant check-in, we were on our way up to our room.
Our guest room’s décor seamlessly blended traditional-style furnishings with a plush, modern, flair. The king-size bed that dominated the room was a case study in luxury and comfort, with oval nightstands (one topped with a Bose radio with an iPod docking station) on both sides. A flat-screen TV ensconced in an elegant cabinet faced the bed, and a lounge chair stood to one side.
The roomy bathroom was equally posh, with a capacious stonework rain shower, thick towels and robes, and a 17-inch TV hidden within the mirror over the double sinks.
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