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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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Management Positions

Front Desk Manager
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary
Openings: 1

Manage all day-to-day functions of the Front Office operation and reports directly to the Hotel Manager. To ensure all Front Office policies and procedures are followed based on the operating criteria for a luxury hotel. Must possess previous Front Desk and Management experience, have proven LEADERSHIP abilities, excellent communication skills and able to make decisions to ensure guest satisfaction. Must be proficient in learning and use of hotel software. Hospitality degree preferred.
Food and Beverage

FT/PT: Part Time Position
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary
Openings: 2

Banquet Server - **MUST WORK WEEKENDS** To service all banquet functions relating to preparation and service to hotel guests. Prior food service experience required. Hours of work will fluctuate based on the business levels. Excellent people skills and communication skills a must! Must be physically able to lift and balance heavy trays above shoulder. **We are a Drug Free Work Place and require Pre-Employment Drug Testing**

Lemaire Restaurant Service Attendant
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: PM Shifts 4:00pm - 10:00pm *Must work weekends
Openings: 1

Provides service and assistance to Restaurant Servers, setting, clearing and cleaning tables, being helpful and courteous to guests. Excellent people and communication skills a must and ability to lift heavy trays.
Rooms Division

Housekeeping Houseman
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: 7:00am - 3:00pm and 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Openings: 1

Position provides assistance in the cleaning of guest rooms such as stripping beds, emptying trash, etc. Also responsible for general cleaning of guest hallways, stocking supplies, guest satisfaction and interaction with guests. Must be team oriented and physically able to lift up to 50+ lbs. Will also be assigned to take care of various areas in the hotel that need attention. Prior housekeeping experience is helpful. Excellent people skills and communication skills a must! Must be able to work ANY night including weekends and holidays. **We are a Drug Free Work Place and require Pre-Employment Drug Testing**

Reservation Agent
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary
Openings: 1

Responsibilities include taking reservations for guest rooms and food & beverage reservations for Brunch and Restaurants. This position will also include Hotel Operator shifts, answering Hotel Main Number and directing to appropriate departments. Must have excellent computer and phone skills to include ability to sell and promote services within the hotel. Must be flexible to work any shift, any day of the week, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Operator shifts may begin at 6:00am, or end at 11:00pm.