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The Jefferson Hotel, Washington D.C. Unveils Its Makeover

August 12, 2009 By:Mary Winston Nicklin

The Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

After a top-to-bottom renovation that began on March 1, 2007, The Jefferson Hotel is once again causing a stir as a presidential pad in a powerhouse location on 16th and M Streets. Once catering to jetsetting celebrities, Washington's elite, and- yes- presidents and politicos, the hotel has started a new life with elegant public spaces and 99 guest rooms filled with antiques, period artifacts, and documents signed by Thomas Jefferson. Overseen by architectural and design firm ForrestPerkins, the full-scale transformation recalls Jefferson in the details: the Book Room has leather-bound books on the Jefferson era; the Private Cellar is devoted to Jefferson's love of wine; Quill, where guests can imbibe house-made mixers and herbal-infused alcohols, has the same parquet flooring pattern that Jefferson designed for Monticello's main salon. On the walls: a collection of 18th-century maps follows Jefferson's wine journey through France, Germany and Italy.

The Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

Historic details remain, but the hotel has been updated with 21st century technology. The 99 guest rooms embrace a French design aesthetic, evoking the era when Jefferson-- always a francophile-- lived in Paris working as Ambassador to France. Facilities include the destination restaurant, Plume, helmed by chef Damon Gordon, and a spa which utilizes botanicals from Thomas Jefferson's own farms.


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