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The Jefferson, Washington, DC:
Not all hotels are created equal

The number of things to do in Washington, DC. is as plentiful as the city’s treasured monuments, but no trip is complete without a stay at The Jefferson, Washington DC, said to be the second-most prestigious address in all of DC. Exemplifying the distinguished brilliance of its namesake, Thomas Jefferson, the hotel is renowned for its location, history and character, making it a gem among Washington, DC. hotels.

Here are eight reasons The Jefferson, Washington DC has distinguished itself since 1923:

1. The Jefferson, at the heart of DC

The Jefferson, Washington DC is an iconic hotel among a city of landmarks, where hidden treasures await on every block. Walking is the best way to explore the nation’s capital, and so guests certainly appreciate the hotel’s close proximity to Washington’s main attractions. Presiding over the corner of 16th and M Street and just four blocks north of the White House, this historic hotel is at the heart of Washington, DC, making this historic stay the perfect start to every tour. For those who would like to cover more ground, Washington DC is a runner’s haven, and the hotel offers its exclusive Jefferson Jogging Map for guests.

2. Washington DC history

Washington, DC and walking tours go hand-in-hand, and thanks to the hotel’s in-house historians, guests will be pointed in the right direction before setting out on their adventures. The hotel’s historians, available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, have been known to guide exclusive walking tours upon guest request — after all, Thomas Jefferson thoroughly enjoyed bold “pursuits of knowledge.”

3. Washington tours for the family

Junior Jeffersons will appreciate the hotel’s exclusive “Where’s Tommy?” self-guided tour. Armed with a cutout of Tommy, along with a kid-friendly map that pinpoints eight must-see locations, kids can embark on their own Washington, DC mission photographing themselves with Tommy at all eight attractions. After a spectacular day, parents can help tag the photos on Instagram, earning these young explorers their own Thomas Jefferson bobble head doll. After the tour, guests return for summer ice pops, winter cookies or other delightful treats.

4. The Jefferson, a pet-friendly hotel

The Jefferson, Washington DC, a pet-friendly hotel, has its own four-legged mascot, a welcoming beagle named Lord Monticello. Known as Monti, this amicable beagle came to The Jefferson by way of PAW Rescue, and has been living at the hotel as the official Executive Canine Officer since January 2014. Monti is always welcoming, greeting the hotel’s four-legged guests with an introductory letter, dog bed, food bowl and ample treats. And no DC visit would be complete without a dog-walking map. Guests are invited to follow Monti’s adventures on Twitter and Instagram. He even has his own hashtag: #LordMonti.

5. Jefferson history

Every aspect of The Jefferson, Washington DC has been inspired by President Thomas Jefferson, epicurean, intellectual, farmer and inventor. The hotel affords treasured accounts of history alongside distinguished accommodations. For instance, the elegant lobby is graced with some of Jefferson’s signed documents, while evocative touches are weaved throughout the hotel. Meanwhile, the hotel library, the Book Room, is dedicated to Jefferson, who once said, “I cannot live without books.” We’d like to think if Jefferson were still alive today, he’d be proud of the hotel’s library, an assortment of books on Jefferson’s most favorite subjects.

6. Plume Washington DC

Guests don’t need to wander far to find one of the best restaurants in DC Inspired by the Monticello gardens of Jefferson’s Charlottesville home, Plume is The Jefferson’s award-wining restaurant — named the only Forbes Five-Star restaurant in all of Washington for its exquisite cuisine and lavish interiors. Plume features an extraordinary team of culinary geniuses: Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel, Pastry Chef Fabrice Leray, Maitre d’ Boundieng “Boone” Sirimoungkoun and Sommelier Jennifer Knowles, all of whom deliver European tradition with American innovation with the restaurant’s impeccable cuisine, wine and service offerings.

7. Cocktails at Quill

Steeped in Jeffersonian inspiration, Quill at The Jefferson is one of Washington’s most upscale cocktail lounges, where house-made mixers and herbal-infused alcohol can be savored in the lounge or on the outdoor terrace. Inside, Quill’s parquet flooring recreates the pattern Jefferson designed for Monticello's main salon, while a collection of 18th-century maps follow Jefferson's journey through the wine regions of France, Germany and Italy.

8. The Jefferson, boutique accommodations

Evoking Jefferson’s own style, the accommodations are as elegant as they are detailed. Inspired by textiles Thomas Jefferson brought back from Paris to enhance his beloved Monticello, The Jefferson’s guest rooms flaunt draperies fashioned from original toile patterns. Thoughtful details add to the guest’s experience — a Monticello book placed on the side table, a vintage copy of Goode’s “Best Addresses” and Paris-inspired fragrances in the guest bathroom. And for a monumental stay, reserve the Thomas Jefferson Suite for views of Washington Monument and the White House from five Juliet balconies.

So if you want to cherish Washington history, there’s no better place than The Jefferson, Washington DC, the city’s unrivaled historic stay. While “all men are created equal, all hotels are not.”

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