The Jefferson Hotel underwent a historic transformation with a complete renovation. The 1923 facade was renovated and preserved, while the interior of the hotel was stripped to its skeleton with careful demolition of all architectural and ornamental facets (including casting molds of the original plaster molding for replication).
The renovation encompassed all 99 suites and guest rooms, lobby, dining/lounge, spa, and public and supportive spaces. The Jefferson's beloved antiques, period artifacts, vintage books and documents signed by Thomas Jefferson himself, once again grace guest rooms and public spaces. The pumpkin-colored bar, made of custom molded glass and illuminated with fiber optics (the first installation of this system worldwide), provides a glowing welcome to the lounge and restaurant areas. A highlight of the restoration was the reintroduction of a magnificent 1923 skylight in the lobby. Covered and "lost" for decades, it now allows natural light to stream into the hotel at the entryway to Plume, the hotel's fine dining restaurant.
As of January 2010, the hotel has gained acceptance into the prestigious ranks of the Relais & Châteaux luxury hotel collection. The hotel has the added distinction of being the first Relais & Châteaux hotel in Washington, DC in the 55-year history of the organization.
ABC Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Award
NAIOP DC|MD Award of Excellence
Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards (Multiple Trades)
Washington Building Congress Star Award for Visual Excellence (Architectural Millwork)