The Jefferson Hotel
ForrestPerkins transformed The Jefferson Washington, D.C. into a jewel after working on the historic hotel for three years as the Architect of Record and Interior Designer. The 99-room Beaux Arts hotel, four blocks from the White House, is the first in the nation’s capital to be selected for membership in Relais & Chateaux. Whether stopping by for lunch or dinner or treating yourself for your entire visit, The Jefferson is filled with delightful design ideas. Quill, an intimate lounge, for instance, features a warm, softly-glowing apricot-hued, bent-glass bar and an historic map collection. The Plume restaurant with its elegant, hand-painted sepia-toned silk murals of Monticello was named one of the 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by OpenTable.com.
The guest suites provide the ultimate in luxury. Imagine stepping onto plush Wilton wool carpet and gazing out at the Washington Monument past sumptuous handmade window treatments. In some rooms, custom-designed toiles feature hand-rendered architectural sketches that reflect buildings designed by the third president of the United States himself. When it comes time to turn in, slip out of deliciously soft Porthault terrycloth robes and onto crisp Porthault sheets. You’ll discover many sybaritic details. Even mirrors in the bathrooms feature hidden television screens. This is the quintessential getaway. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler named The Jefferson among its “8 Favorite Hot List Hotels of All Time: All-Stars.”
Photography by Stirling Elmendorf