What: Just blocks from the White House sits The Jefferson, Washington, D.C., a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel that’s become a new favorite of the capital’s power players (including heads of state and royalty). Originally constructed as an apartment building in 1923, the historic hotel reopened in 2009 after a two-year renovation that updated the 99 guest rooms with modern conveniences, restored many of the common spaces and even unveiled an original arched skylight in the lobby that had been covered for decades. The hotel’s Beaux-Art style reflects the rich life of President Thomas Jefferson; he is evident in the collection of period antiques and artwork, historical documents signed by the founding father and other design elements throughout the hotel that embody the Federalist style.
Where: The Jefferson, Washington, D.C., is centrally located in downtown D.C. so checking in to the Four-Star hotel puts you in the middle of the action. Attractions such as the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building and Washington Monument are all just blocks away. And with the White House so close by, you’ll definitely want to tour of the home of the POTUS.
When: Washington is at its most fascinating when government is in session, so visit during the fall and spring when the town buzzes with action. Book early to secure a room for the popular early-spring National Cherry Blossom Festival, or make plans to visit when The Jefferson hosts its beloved James Bond Dinner (dressing in character is required, and tickets sell out months in advance for this black-tie event). This year, in particular, our Startle.com editors suggest you try to snag a room in January to be close to the festivities for the 2013 presidential inauguration.
Why: If the proximity to D.C.’s best sights isn’t enough to lure you to this historic hotel, The Jefferson’s cozy Book Room and the lengthy wine list at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Plume should do the trick. If not, the rooms and suites here definitely will. They’re large by D.C. standards and include custom-designed beds with fine European linens, period artwork and bathrooms with deep soaker tubs. Request a suite with a view of the White House or Washington Monument for the full D.C. experience. And don’t miss the action at Quill, The Jefferson’s lounge. Rumor has it that it’s one of President Obama’s favorite spots, and when you take in the power players’ scene here, you’ll see why.
Photos Courtesy of The Jefferson