Review: Jefferson Hotel

Washington, DC (January 19, 2011) – I’ve been told to go to this hotel lobby for quite some time and after my visit, I understood why so many of you were lobbying me to go. This hotel was renovated by ForrestPerkins and is now under the direction of Franck Arnold, who took on the challenge in 2007 to reopen their doors in 2009. Limousines and over-sized luxury vehicles ornamentally surrounded the hotel. Two doormen proudly opened the doors.

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Next, John, who naturally manifested the same polish and finished details of this amazing hotel, greeted me warmly. The restaurant Plume was quietly hosting some of Washington’s elite with its ever-changing and confident menu, created wonderfully by Executive Chef, Damon Gordon and paired expertly by sommelier Michael Scaffidi.

Onward to the lounge, I passed the Library, which had a warm fire going framed in white marble. If you care for service, just pick up the phone and place your order. Up the stairs to the left are the East and West Jefferson Cabinet Rooms. These rooms are comfortable spaces with welcoming seats and portraits of prominent historical pre-American leaders.

Having a seat at Quill, I was introduced to Lauren, a senior mixologist who created a custom made cocktail called “Master Mind,” with honey and bourbon. The international consultant from Umami, Matte Massimiliano, designed all the creative drinks on the menu. From their tapas menu, I enjoyed piquillo peppers stuffed with lightly with oregano crème cheese. The mushroom ravioli was perfectly al dente.

Hugo Boss suits and Stuart Weitzman heels were the typical attire. Conversations, more so, decisions, were being made in this lobby and lounge. If you are the young and the established, then this is your confidential space. If you want to get the presidential papering, go to the Jefferson Hotel.

1200 16th Street Northwest (16th and Mst.) Washington, DC 20036. (202) 448-2300


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