The Jefferson, Washington, DC

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The Jefferson: Perfectly Made-over For The 21st Century
How often does it happen that you get out of your comfy bed, walk over to the window, and behold the Washington Monument in plain view? Well, that was just one of the unexpected joys I experienced during a recent stay at The Jefferson, which has undergone a far-reaching facelift since my last visit years ago. From the moment you enter the Beaux Art building there’s no mistaking the hotel’s rich past, especially the influence of Thomas Jefferson. At the same time, there’s nothing stuffy or old-fashioned about “The Jeff,” which is immediately apparent when checking in – the staff is professional yet friendly.

Once in my room, I loved the historical elegance of the period furnishings, while at the same time enjoying all of today’s modern conveniences (including “smart rooms" that call housekeeping or privacy with the touch of a button). Or, if you’re a bath lover like me, you could spend all your time in the oversized tub and be very happy – staying as connected or unplugged, as you want.

When last I was stayed at The Jeff, there was no skylight in the dim lobby. Fortunately, during the recent renovation workers rediscovered the original 1923 skylight, which now allows natural light to flood The Greenhouse, one of the hotel’s two restaurants. The Quill, the hotel’s bar and lounge, evokes a last-century speakeasy with ultra-contemporary selections of herbal-infused alcohols like cherry blossom infused vodka and pumpkin infused Bourbon. I say “Cheers!” to “The Jeff.”

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