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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.
Blooms at The Jefferson
Allow Blooms at The Jefferson to assist with all of your Richmond floral needs. Whether sending an arrangement to a guest of the hotel, selecting centerpieces for your corporate event or planning a wedding, designer Rick Lunsford can assist you with creative, extraordinary floral presentations.
Mr. Lunsford’s designs have been featured in Southern Accents magazine, numerous regional publications and in several major motion pictures. With over 20 years experience in the floral industry, Mr. Lunsford has traveled extensively to attend the world’s most respected flower shows. His arrangements have appeared locally in the Governor’s Mansion, at hundreds of weddings and at many of Richmond’s most popular social events, including the Maymont Flower and Garden Show and Fine Arts and Flowers at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The Jefferson Hotel has been pleased to have Mr. Lunsford provide all the floral arrangements for the public areas of the hotel for the last nine years. He has also been responsible for the hotel’s holiday decorations, including our 28-foot Christmas tree, miles of garland and wreaths plus hundreds of poinsettias.
Please also visit Blooms at The Jefferson, located just off the Rotunda lobby, often for an ever-changing array of unique decorative accessories for the home and garden.
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Blooms floral shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Floral consultation appointments and orders may be made by calling (804)649-4676.
Blooms gifts and home goods is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am – 8:00pm, Saturday from 7:30am – 8:00pm and on Sunday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.