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.
Guests of The Jefferson can enjoy all the sites of downtown on one of the hotel's six bicycles. These classic Dutch bikes by Linus have an upright posture and a step through design which make them a comfortable ride for all cyclists. Helmets, combination locks and baskets are also available at no charge.
The bikes and equipment can be checked out through the Concierge on a first-come, first-served basis and advance reservations are suggested. Guests can borrow the bikes for three-hours at a time and can be picked up from their downtown destination in The Jefferson's SUV which is equipped with a bike carrier.
The Jefferson Hotel has two Business Centers, which are accessible 24 hours a day with a guestroom key, in President’s Hallway (at the bottom of the Ballroom steps) and in Palm Court (across from our Concierge desk).
Each Business Center offers a PC workstation, an iMac workstation, one regular printer and one multifunction printer with copying and scanning capabilities. You will be able to print and scan small documents from/to either workstation, your laptop, a flash drive or smartphone.
Additional services such as shredding, photocopying larger documents, laser printing larger documents, notary services, packing and shipping, and facsimile services are available in the Convention Services office, in President’s Hallway (across from the Business Center). The Convention Services office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. After hours services and assistance may be obtained at the front desk.
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 reservations
- Transportation arrangements; including our complimentary transportation to downtown destinations (advance reservations required)
- Floral and gift deliveries
- Cell phone rentals
Electric Car Chargers
The Jefferson is pleased to provide two Tesla and one universal car charger as a complimentary service for guests of the hotel that are staying overnight or dining with us in one of our restaurants. The chargers are located in our gated valet parking lot. Guests are invited to see a member of the valet staff upon arrival at the hotel's main entrance for additional details and instructions.
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.
Gators Gifts and Coffee Bar
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 Gifts and Coffee Bar.
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 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 – 7:00pm; Saturday 7:30am – 8:00pm and Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Hours will be extended from November 25 - January 2 for the holiday season.
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.
Therapeautic, specialty and Swedish massage treatments are available in our calming on-site treatment rooms or in the comfort of your guestroom. The following rates apply:
In Massage Treatment Room
Thirty Minutes $90
Sixty Minutes $105
Ninety Minutes $150
Thirty Minutes $115
Sixty Minutes $130
Ninety Minutes $175
Hot stone treatments are available for an additional $25.00 per session.
Please call Salon Vivace at 804-565-9000 to schedule your appointment.
Twenty-four hour notice is required on all cancellations of massage appointments. Cancellations received within 24 hours of the appointment will be charged at full rate. Taxes and gratuities are additional.
Located within The Jefferson Hotel, Salon Vivace presents a serene refuge for both hotel guests and savvy Richmond residents alike. A unique menu of luxurious international salon and spa treatments are available to restore, revive and replenish you during your personalized spa experience.
Please call 804-565-9000 to schedule a consultation with an expert service provider.
Open Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm; Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm