In Residence at The Jefferson

My husband and I treated ourselves to a little staycation a couple of weeks ago at The Jefferson, a five star boutique hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C. Besides the stellar accommodations and service, the place has loads of sentimental value to us since we got married there in 2013.  Since then, we have tried to stay there at least once a year, particularly around the holidays when all of the pretty Christmas decorations are up. We actually couldn’t have chosen a better weekend to “Netflix and Chill” (we binge watched the entire new season of The Crown) at this little gem since we got our very first snow of the season the day we checked in. If you look closely, you can see the snowflakes in the pictures above.  Did I mention the holiday decor? SIMPLY STUNNING!  (insert heart eye and dancing girl emojis)Everything about the hotel makes my Francophine heart sing! The stunning decor is  paradoxically opulent, yet understated. Each space in the lobby has it’s own color scheme, but the style throughout is a modern take on traditional French. The Greenhouse, with it’s historic skylight, may well be the most elegant place to do (a power) breakfast, lunch or tea in Washington, D.C.  That black, white and dove grey color scheme (especially those marble floors) is #interiorgoals, n’est ce pas?Plume, the hotel’s Michelin award winning restaurant, is an intimate (seating a maximum of 80 people) and refined dining destination, with an adjoining wine cellar to accommodate private parties. Open only for dinner, the seasonal menu inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s gardens at Monticello is always delicious and beautifully presented, and the impressive wine list spans a dozen nationalities and consists of over 1,300 labels. One of my favorite details of the impeccable service is the cute velvet stools that are provided for ladies’ handbags, because frankly some of mine deserve their own seating.The Book Room is extra special to me because it’s where my husband and I were married. Perfect spot for an intimate wedding like ours (10 couples plus our kids), and also a lovely place to curl up by the fire and catch up on reading or work. And when you get bored of that, you can walk down the hall to Quill, an elegant and upscale bar and lounge.We stayed in a Deluxe Suite on the fifth floor with lovely city views (the Washington Monument was visible from our bedroom window). I adored the platinum color scheme and decorative details reflecting Thomas Jefferson’s interest in astronomy (each suite has its own theme referencing the predilections of the hotel’s namesake). The “parlor” was spacious and comfortable, with an oversized velvet couch, desk and chairs, and a huge TV – perfect for staying in and getting down to that binge watching business on a cold and snowy winter night (with champagne and room service, of course). I absolutely loved the four poster king bed in the bedroom, and the lovely settee with the fluffy pillows. The bathroom was perfect for my husband and me – two sinks and the choice of bathtub (pour moi) or shower (pour lui). We had breakfast in bed before leaving, which always seems like such a decadent treat (probably because it’s the only occasion where I will actually order those Eggs Benedict I always crave). Besides the stunning setting, throughout our stay, we had the most wonderful service thanks to the hotel’s courteous and attentive staff. The Jefferson is definitely a place that we will return to whenever we are in the mood for a staycation, and I can’t recommend it highly enough, whether you are a local or visiting from out of town. Because everybody deserves to feel like royalty in residence once in a while, right?

xx Sylvia

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