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Did You Know?

  • The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.

  • From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night.  A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.

  • The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.

  • When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.

  • In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.

  • The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).

  • Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby.  Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets.  As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson.  Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!

  • Thirteen US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.), Clinton and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.

  • Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel. 

  • Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.

  • Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.

  • The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion.  In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones.  He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.

  • The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.

  • The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.

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The Fitness Center at The Jefferson:
Whether you prefer cardiovascular exercise equipment, weight training machinery or free weights, there is a wide selection of the most up-to-date equipment at your disposal. Private men's and women's showers and dressing rooms round out the amenities offered.

Massage Treatments:
Swedish, deep tissue and sports massage treatments may be received in our calming on-site treatment rooms or in the comfort of your guestroom. The following rates apply:

In Massage Treatment Room:
Thirty Minutes       $85
Sixty Minutes        $100
Ninety Minutes      $140

In Guestroom:
Thirty Minutes      $110
Sixty Minutes       $125
Ninety Minutes     $175

Hot stone treatments are available for an additional $25.00 per session.

Please call Salon del Sol at The Jefferson at 804-332-6009 at least 24 hours prior to your requested appointment time. Cancellations are requested 48 hours in advance and all cancellations made day of the appointment will be charged at full rate.

Indoor Swimming Pool:
The indoor swimming pool allows guests to bathe beneath the sun or star-lit skylights. Lined by palm plants and wicker furniture, it is a relaxing refuge for the weary business or leisure traveler. The outdoor sundeck allows sun seekers a place to bask in privacy.

Our friendly and efficient concierge staff is available to assist you with your every need or request:

  • General hotel information and history
  • Restaurant reservations
  • Richmond information, brochures and directions, theater and performance tickets
  • Sightseeing and tour information
  • Babysitting services
  • Individual needs and interests
  • Airline, rental car and Amtrak reservationsTransportation arrangements; including our complimentary transportation to downtown destinations (advance reservations required)
  • Floral and gift deliveries
  • Massage appointments for The Jefferson health facility
  • Cell phone rentals

The Business Center:
The Business Center, located in President's Hall, maintains an extensive inventory of office supplies and offers service to all Hotel guests including, typing, shredding, photocopying, laser printing, notary services, packing and shipping, and facsimile services, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.  After hours services and assistance may be obtained at the front desk.
Rental equipment, for meetings, or for private use in a guest room may be arranged through the Business Center. Equipment available includes Polycom sound stations, laser printers, fax machines, paper shredders and laptops. Items may be rented by the hour or for the day.

Adjacent to the Business Center are Computer Workstations, which are accessible 24 hours a day with a guestroom key. Each workstation includes a Dell computer and black and white printer. High-speed Internet service is available on each computer, plus a wired high-speed connection for laptops. The programs available at the Workstation include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. This is a complimentary service to all of our overnight hotel guests.

Additional computer workstations and an ATM are available in the Palm Court lobby and may be also accessed 24 hours per day with a guestroom key.

Salon del Sol at The Jefferson:
Salon del Sol at The Jefferson offers a unique combination of convenience and luxury. Located off The Rotunda lobby, its chic decor and calming environment provide the perfect atmosphere for pampering and relaxation. Salon del Sol is Richmond’s premier Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spas offering several convenient locations in the metro Richmond area.  Salon del Sol also offers signature and complimentary value added services such as a fringe and neck trim, therapeutic scalp massage before shampoo, hand massage and makeup touch-up at the end of our guest’s services.

Please call Salon del Sol at The Jefferson at 804-332-6009 at least 24 hours prior to your requested appointment time. Come join us for an hour, an afternoon or a day. Visit to see a full list and description of the services we provide, or call our reservations desk at 804-332-6009.

Gators Goodies and Gifts:
Enjoy the beauty of the Rotunda lobby while you nosh on a homemade muffin, pastry, cookie, brownie or sandwich and sip a fresh brewed cup of coffee, tea, or espresso or cold beverage of your choice at Gators Goodies and Gifts.

Grab a newspaper, magazine or book for the remainder of your travels or pick up a forgotten toiletry or personal item.  Don't forget the postcards!

Shop for that perfect souvenir amongst a delightful selection of Jefferson logo items, children’s gifts and locally crafted jewelry.  Custom gift baskets are available for any occasion.

Or, take some of the comforts of The Jefferson home with you.  Gators is pleased to offer our signature Jefferson Hotel bathrobes and a full line of Molton Brown spa and bath products.  

Open Monday – Friday 7:00am – 8:00pm; Saturday 7:30am – 8:00pm and Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm