Thursday, September 2, 2010

An elegant hotel

Earlier this week I finally got a chance to visit the newly renovated Jefferson hotel here in DC which has been open for a year and getting RAVE reviews (read Jennifer Sergent's great post with beautiful pictures at DC by Design blog).
The architectural firm ForrestPerkins was the architect for the extensive interior and exterior renovations. Of course I only had my Droid incredible, whose camera continues to disappoint me, but the fuzzy pictures still show how truly elegant this hotel is!
The restaurant, seen above, was really just incredibly chic, a word I don't tend to use but nothing else describes it! I hear they have an amazing brunch so I might have to check it out, especially since it's just 2 blocks from my apartment!The hotel in general has a very French flavor, which may hark to the time Thomas Jefferson spent in that country or maybe it just fit the space.
The entry has beautiful black and white marble floors, white woodwork and dramatic deep colored walls which show off their extensive DC history collection perfectly.In the rear of the first floor are a series of business spaces with beautiful wood paneling and really stylish furniture - I could work here, couldn't you, or at least curl up with a good book?It definitely has a distinct quietly residential feeling; just what you want in a luxury hotel.The lighting is particularly glamorous, all by Niermannweeks - they really were the jewels in the crown!
I encourage you to visit to check out the beautiful space: the bar even features live piano music (not to mention excellent drinks!).

12 comments:

My Notting Hill said...

It does look very chic. Really love the tufted leather sofa. I can't believe I've never visited - need to put that on my list.

Nelle Somerville said...

I love that hotel and haven't been back since their last huge reno about 12 years ago.

Woody said...

What a beautiful hotel. The lighting is really great but the furniture is just the grooviest--those white and red chairs and the desk in the room are my favorites.

Greet said...

A beautiful hotel!! I love that French influence! The woodpaneling is also very beautiful! In fact all of it! Definitely my style! If I ever visit DC, I am going to book there!
Thank you so much for the introduction!
Have a wonderful weekend!
xx
Greet

Emile de Bruijn said...

Beautifully done - it reminds me of the late Bill Blass's Sutton Place apartment (as featured in 'At Home with Books').

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I think I want to book a room for a mini vacation! You are so right it is very chic, but also seems to have the grace and intimacy of an elegant old home.

Reggie Darling said...

Reggie must stay in this hotel the next time he visits Washington DC. It looks marvelous, and yes--as you write in your post--chic. Thank you very much for featuring its lovely rooms. Reggie

ArchitectDesign™ said...

If I didn't live two blocks away, I would definitely stay there!

Reggie, on your next trip to DC let me know and I would love to meet up for a drink :-)

little augury said...

Stefan, I don't use chic very much either, though I did in my post today too! sometimes it just fits-most times it is overworked. the Jefferson looks- CHIC. It definitely benefits from the floors, the architecture. thanks for checking in-I would love to do the same. pgt

Elise Lowerison said...

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Edith Hope said...

Dear AD, I was most interested to come across your weblog having seen your comment on Sandra Jonas's recent posting.

The hotel you describe is, of course, very stylish but I was as interested to read your commentary as I was to look at the images. It is not often that one comes across on the blogosphere those with a real interest and understanding of design and who is able to express it with both sensitivity towards the, possibly, inexperienced reader and yet with a quiet air of authority.

The Ancient said...

Those little rooms by the bar are a great place to have a light dinner with friends.

Highly recommended.