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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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Traditional Rooms

These comfortable rooms are available with one king bed or two double beds. Each features a marbled bath with a shower and tub combination, flat screen television, comfortable seating and a desk for working. These rooms are a favorite of our corporate travelers.

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.



These suites are approximately 550 square feet and provide separate living and bedroom areas. The spacious living room provides a comfortable seating area with a flat screen television and the bedroom features king size bedding and a second flat screen television. The adjoining master bath features a jetted tub, separate shower and a double vanity.

Parlor Suites

Each with distinctive historic elements, our lovely Parlor Suites are between 700-800 square feet in size. The large parlor provides comfortable seating for relaxation, a flat screen television and a dining room table for six guests. The master bedrooms feature king size bedding and an additional flat screen television. The adjoining master bath is oversized with a traditional shower and tub combination.

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 Suite

This new suite is 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 with dual closets is located between the bath and the bedroom area. A second and third bedroom can also be added to this suite at an additional charge.


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 jetted 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.