HOH’s One-Minute Recess: What Happens in the Jefferson Stays in the Jefferson

Posted August 21, 2009 at 11:30am

There are plenty of luxury amenities in the newly renovated Jefferson Hotel, but a promise of discretion might be the top draw for high-profile people looking for a bit of privacy.

[IMGCAP(1)]Along with providing fresh flowers, a comfy bed and even a personal butler, hotel managing director Franck Arnold recently told the Washington Post that his staff won’t be dishing out any dirt about hotel patrons.

“What happens in a guest room is not our business,— Arnold said. “We pride ourselves on maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of our guests.—

While that’s bad news for gossip-seekers such as HOH, we’re sure some folks are breathing a sight of relief. After all, plenty of, um, interesting activities have taken place in Washington hotel rooms over the years — including at the Jefferson Hotel.

In 1996, Dick Morris resigned as chief political strategist for then-President Bill Clinton after Star Magazine published a photograph of him cavorting with a $200-an-hour call girl on a balcony of the hotel. Morris apparently had been, um, spending time with the prostitute at the hotel for about a year.

Then there’s former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), who was forced to resign his seat in 2008 after meeting up with a high-end prostitute at the Mayflower Hotel.

And, of course, there’s former D.C. Mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry (D), who was caught smoking crack cocaine in a room at the Vista Hotel in 1990.

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