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  • 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!

  • Twelve 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.) 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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Food and Beverage

Lemaire Line Cook
FT/PT: FT/PT
Shift Hours: Dinner Shift 3:00 pm-11:00 pm
Openings: 1

Great opportunity to work in a fun, fast paced and team oriented kitchen under the direction of Chef Walter Bundy. Lemaire serves regional, seasonal and local cuisine, in an upscale atmosphere, at affordable prices. Looking for career oriented candidates with a passion to work with others who are like-minded. Culinary background and experience preferred, however, a hard work ethic and desire to learn is most important. **We are a Drug Free Work Place and require Pre-Employment Drug Testing**

TJ's Line Cook
FT/PT: FT/PT
Shift Hours: Hours Varied
Openings: 2

Position requires career oriented candidates with strong culinary backgrounds. Candidates must have previous experience in a full service kitchen. Strong abilities on all stations a must. Must possess a positive attitude. Must be energetic, professional, excellent communicator and a team player. **We are a Drug Free Work Place and require Pre-Employment Drug Testing**

TJ's Server
FT/PT: Part Time - Hourly
Shift Hours: 6:00am - 3:00pm *Must Work Weekends*
Openings: 2

Responsible for exceptional breakfast/lunch service in our relaxed dining restaurant. Experience in a full service restaurant environment. Excellent people and communication skills a must! **We are a Drug Free Work Place and require Pre-Employment Drug Testing**


Rooms Division

Midnight Bellman
FT/PT: Part TIme
Shift Hours: Varied Hours
Openings: 2

Will greet all arriving and departing guests from the hotel using the Five Diamond/Five Star standards. Will assist overnight arriving guests w/ luggage and escort them to the Front Desk. May also assist valet with parking and retrieving guest vehicles. Must be able to operate automatic and manual vehicles safely. Must have excellent driving record (0-+ points) and a valid Virginia Driver’s license. Must possess excellent communication skills and effectively work with others. **We are a Drug Free Work Place and require Pre-Employment Drug Testing**

Midnight Houseman
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: 11:00pm - 7:00am
Openings: 1

Overnight Cleaner Position requires general cleaning of all public and lobby space of the hotel. Must have previous experience in use of commercial/industrial cleaning equipment; vacuums, shampooers, and use of chemicals. Must be a self motivated individual and be able to accomplish tasks in a timely manner. Must have good customer service as there is guest contact. Must be physically able to lift up to 25 to 35 lbs, including constant standing and walking. 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**