The 99-room Jefferson Hotel feels like a chic European hotel, seemingly staffed at every turn by a competent multi-national: a Swiss receptionist, an Italian bartender, a French spa director. What was once a sober D.C. institution, virtually echoing our forefathers preferences in hospitality and design before its renovation completed in August 2009, now has flourishes of wit (guest-room curtains patterned in architectural blueprints drawn by Thomas Jefferson) and worldliness. Plus it has great restaurant, terrific in-room soaking tubs, and a boite of a spawhich makes it a fit for an increasingly cosmopolitan Washington, D.C.
The tiny Spa at the Jefferson, lined in mother-of-pearl, makes up for its two-treatment-room size with surprising therapy prowess.
Pair these with the spas coddling service touchesall treatments start with a healthy amuse bouche and a small smoothie in your guest room before youre led to the spaand you can understand why appointments can be hard to come by, particularly when Congress is in. A wonderful recourse besides early booking? Securing the Spa Suite for your stay. Its a king-bed guest room that connects through a door to a couples treatment room with its own steam room and soaking tub, so the therapists come to you. Another rarity.