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The Jefferson, Washington, D.C.

The Jefferson sits in the heart of Washington, D.C., just four blocks from the White House and a stone’s throw from the Smithsonian museums—with an art collection to match. The hotel itself is an artifact, a beautifully restored example of early-20th-century Beaux-Arts style, and it’s filled with pieces commemorating its namesake and American history. The lobby showcases a portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette alongside busts of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams by Jean-Antoine Houdon. The lounge features 18th-century political cartoons; the dining room highlights hand-painted silk wall coverings depicting Monticello; and the private Cabinet rooms offer glimpses of historic McKenney Hall American Indian engravings. 1200 16th St., NW; 202-448-2300; jeffersondc.com.

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