In 1923, the nation had a new president in Calvin Coolidge, and Washington, DC welcomed a new luxury residential building: The Jefferson Apartment, a Beaux Arts design by Jules Henri de Sibour that was the address of choice for savvy Washingtonians. 1955 saw the apartment’s conversion into a historic Washington, DC hotel, and The Jefferson was born.

The combined creative forces of some of the world’s finest architectural, design and construction firms brought Washington, DC’s venerable and beloved hotel into the 21st Century with a makeover that is both distinctly European and Washingtonian in style and features an abundance of rich, historical influences of the hotel’s namesake, Thomas Jefferson. The top-to-bottom, two-year hotel renovation infused modern-day elegance and convenience into the stately and magnificent Beaux Arts framework.

Careful restoration of the large, original lobby skylight accompanied such important renovations as a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, a sleek and elegant spa and new, sumptuously-appointed specialty room and suite accommodations. Today, The Jefferson’s sizeable collection of antiques, historic artwork and original, signed documents coexist alongside the best of modern-day amenities, encouraging our guests to escape the fast pace of the modern world or connect with it as they choose.


The Renovation

In August 2009, The Jefferson re-emerged as Washington, DC’s finest small historic hotel. The top-to-bottom renovation included:

  • Upgrades to all 99 guestrooms, the common areas, meeting space, and restaurants.
  • The addition of two specialty suites
  • The exciting discovery of a magnificent 1923 skylight in the lobby. Covered for decades, it now allows natural light to stream into The Greenhouse
  • Beloved antiques, period artifacts, documents signed by Thomas Jefferson and historic vintage books once again grace the guest rooms and suites and public spaces.

  • We look forward to welcoming you to The Jefferson and to Washington, DC.