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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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Our deluxe rooms are the largest of our room types and are available with one king bed and include a sitting area. These accommodations are recommended for those requiring a little extra space.


These comfortable rooms are available with one king or two double beds and are a favorite of our corporate travelers and those enjoying a romantic getaway.



Offering over 1,400 square feet of luxurious living space, this suite includes four beautifully decorated rooms, each with ornate woodworking original to the hotel. The parlor features a baby grand piano, original fireplace mantel and French doors leading to the marble balcony overlooking historic Franklin Street. The adjoining room combines a dining area with dining room table for eight and an additional seating area, with a second original fireplace mantel as the focal point of the room. A full kitchen with microwave, range, dishwasher and refrigerator is located just off the dining area with a powder room nearby.

The master bedroom of the suite features a king sized bed, writing desk and a third fireplace. (Please note that none of our fireplaces are operational.) The adjoining marbled bath offers an oversized jacuzzi tub, separate shower and dual sinks.

This suite may be combined with a connecting room with two double beds to form a two-bedroom suite.


Each with a distinctive style, our lovely Governor's Suites offer approximately 800 square feet of living space. Each features a large parlor area with dining room table for six. The master bedrooms feature king size bedding and the adjoining master bath is oversized.


These suites provide the ultimate comfort. Each has a spacious parlor area with a flat screen television and comfortable seating. The bedroom features king size bedding and the adjoining master bath features a jetted tub, separate shower and marble vanity.


These gracious two room suites are both comfortable and functional, each with a parlor area, a king bedded sleeping room and a large walk-in closet.


These oversized rooms are available with one king bed and include a sofa bed in the full seating area. The bath includes a jetted tub and walk-in shower.