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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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Room Tour

Amenities for our reconstructed guest rooms have been carefully selected to make your stay comfortable and convenient. New mattress sets, luxury bed linens, plentiful pillows and soft throws  provide a wonderful night’s rest. An over-stuffed chair and ottoman for reading, HD large-screen television with premium cable, a fully-stocked mini-bar featuring locally-made snacks and a Nespresso coffee maker provide all the comforts of home. A large desk with chair, multiple dual-line telephones and complimentary local telephone calls and wireless high-speed internet access allow you to work comfortably while away from the office.

In the bath, you will find the Molton Brown bath amenities, oversized bath sheets and plush bathrobes that have been so popular for years at The Jefferson, alongside the new television screens in the bathroom mirror which can be seen from the new soaking tub. Iron and ironing board, lighted make-up mirror and umbrellas are in each dressing area.

Evening turndown service with a second cleaning of the room and weekday newspaper delivery are provided. An in-room safe and electronic doorbell with do not disturb are available for added security. Same-day laundry and dry cleaning services and overnight shoe shine are available for a fee.

Premier Rooms

These newly renovated rooms range from 400-500 square feet and offer one king size bed. The bathroom includes a double vanity and a separate shower and soaking tub. The open floor plan of each of these rooms is welcoming and provides plenty of space for relaxation.

Grand Premier

These rooms are the largest of our guestrooms and are all newly renovated and decorated. They range from 500-600 square feet and are available with either one king bed or two queen beds. A comfortable seating area is available for relaxing and watching television with a separate table and arm chairs for dining or working. The spacious bathrooms feature dual sinks, separate shower and soaking tub, a private water closet and an adjoining dressing area.

The rooms have been appointed with custom woven carpets, beautiful draperies, antique reproduction furnishings and locally inspired artwork.


Richmond Suites

These suites are new to the hotel. Each is about 700 square feet and features a king sized bed. The separate living area is spacious and perfect for relaxing or entertaining a small group. A half bath, just off the living room, provides added privacy when entertaining. This suite also includes a luxurious master bath with a double vanity, separate shower, soaking tub, an enclosed water closet and an adjoining dressing area. Each suite provides two large screen televisions. A second bedroom can be added to this suite at an additional charge.

Ginter SuiteS

These new suites are 1,100 - 1,200 square feet and named in honor of The Jefferson’s founder, Major Lewis Ginter. A welcoming foyer, with a half bath, leads into the spacious living room with comfortable seating perfect for entertaining, a large flat screen television, a table for dining and a beautiful kitchenette with refrigerator, wine racks, sink and coffee maker. The spacious bedroom features a king bed, comfortable seating and a second flat screen television. The master bath includes separate shower and soaking tub, an enclosed water closet and dual sinks. A spacious dressing area is located between the bath and the bedroom area. Additional bedrooms can also be added to this suite at an additional charge.