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The Jefferson, Dupont Circle

$300-$399
District of Columbia, United States, North America: foyer skylight and gates at The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.have been lovely restored in their original
1200 16th St. N.W.
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 347 2200
Fax: 202 331 7982
www.jeffersondc.com
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
It is said that Thomas Jefferson's time in France left him with an abiding appreciation for the finer things in life. If so, he would be very happy at The Jefferson, four blocks north of his old White House digs. A Beaux Arts beauty built in 1923, The Jefferson has reopened after a two-year makeover that restored the gleam to its ornate plasterwork, the glow to its painted silk wallpaper, and the polish to its parquet floors. There is an impeccable attention to detail here, from the white orchids set in silver cups on the breakfast tables to the fine chocolates left on a porcelain tray as a turndown treat. The 99 rooms are compact and supremely comfortable (complimentary Wi-Fi and telephone calls are a nice touch) and designed in a muted palette (toile draperies are the only decorative flourish). This is a hotel for grown-ups who prefer traditional to trendy, formal to familiar, and serene to a scene. Its clubby bar, snug library with fireplace, and many quiet corners give guests ample choice for places to meet over a drink or relax with a newspaper, and Plume, its fine French restaurant, is one of the city's most lauded new tables. —2010 Hot List

Which room to book: Splurge on a Deluxe room with a tub and bathroom window.

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