Hosting guests since 1955, this is one of the capital’s best small boutique hotels thanks to impeccable service and luxury rooms
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Billed as ‘Washington’s second most prestigious address’, The Jefferson is located in the centre of the city with excellent access to its storied sights. The White House is especially close –just four blocks away – and from here, a walk through the President’s Park and along the National Mall will bring you to the Washington Monument, Smithsonian, United States Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. The hotel also offers guests complimentary use of its town car and driver within the city limits
Dating back to 1923 when it was built as a Beaux Arts luxury residence, The Jefferson has today been converted – as recently as 2009 – to bring it European nuances, in reference to its namesake’s years spent in Paris. Rooms feature oversized windows, high ceilings and bathrooms that come with deep soaking tubs, hand-cut from Italian and Spanish stone and marble. In typical Washingtonian fashion, muted colour schemes and crown moulding add a touch of class with suites particularly decadent, featuring canopied king beds, walnut parquet flooring and multiple Juliet balconies.
Plume, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, has been recognised with the highest Zagat rating in the US capital while its wine menu has received a Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence. European menus include Lobster gratin, pan-seared Muscovy duck breast and bison strip loin. For lighter fare, The Greenhouse serves fresh and energising dishes under an expansive, curved skylight – the hotel’s focal point.
Savour the dynamic cocktail and wine menu of Quill, the hotel’s bar. Move from its lounge, whose walls are covered with 18th century maps of Europe’s fabled wine regions, to the outdoor terrace where guests can savour cigars and cognac. For further pampering, there’s a 24-hour butler service, a spa featuring a range of custom treatments and even access to a private collection of original art and historic documents. To sharpen up after a day’s indulgence, there’s also a 24-hour on-site fitness centre.
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