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Thank you for choosing The Jefferson Hotel! This summer we will completing the final phase of our renovation project. While enjoying our beautiful, newly-constructed guest rooms, you will see first-hand the magnificent restoration occurring in the Rotunda lobby to maintain its historic beauty and preserve it for generations to come.

The indoor pool will also be closed through August 26, 2016. Pool and guest privileges will continue to be available at the Greater Richmond YMCA directly across the street.

Lemaire will be providing dinner service from their summer menu in TJ's Restaurant while the Lemaire kitchen and dining rooms are being refreshed. Sunday Champagne brunch service will resume on September 11.

We look forward to your visit! Please call our
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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
Food and Beverage

Banquet Server
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shift Vary
Openings: 10

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. Must be flexible to work weekends and holidays.

Potwasher/Dishwasher
FT/PT: Part Time
Shift Hours: Shift Varies - Must be flexible days, nights, weekends
Openings: 3

We are seeking a reliable, hardworking candidate with experience in a community kitchen environment to join our team. The successful candidate will have prior dishwashing experience in a commercial type kitchen with a steady work history and able to work well under pressure.

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

Responsible for exceptional service in our high volume restaurant. Knowledge of beer, liquors, and wines a must. Prior restaurant experience required. Excellent people and communication skills a must!

Lemaire Line Cook
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Hours Vary - Must be flexible weekends & Holidays
Openings: 1

Our newly renovated kitchen is state-of-the-art! Under the direction of Executive Chef Patrick Willis, Lemaire kitchen is driven by talented Cooks and Sous Chefs who are excited to teach and learn from each other on a daily basis and who are inspired by local, sustainable and seasonal produce. We are looking for a qualified and motivated Line Cook that is hard-working, focused, efficient and will bring a positive work ethic to our kitchen. Following direction of the Executive Chef and Sous Chef throughout service with a sense of urgency, timing, quality and consistency are of the utmost importance. A willingness to learn, grow and be part of a great team is a must!

Garde Manger - Banquets
FT/PT: Part Time & Seasonal
Shift Hours: Shift Vary
Openings: 2

1-2 years’ experience of high volume pantry production, knowledge and proficiency of all cold food menu items, including but not limited to salads, sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, sauces, dressings, artful assembly of various platters such as fruits, cheese, crudités, ect.

Line Cook
FT/PT: Full Time, Part Time, Seasonal
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary
Openings: 3

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.

TJ's Restaurant
FT/PT: Seasonal
Shift Hours: AM & PM Shifts available - Must be flexible Weekends and Holiday
Openings: 6 AM Servers, 6 PM Servers

Breakfast Server Hours: 5:45am - 11:00am Lunch Server Hours: 10am - 4:00pm Dinner Server Hours: 3:30pm - 11:00pm Must be flexible on Weekends and Holidays Responsible for exceptional service in our relaxed dining restaurant. Experience in a full service restaurant environment required. Knowledge of beer, liquors, and wines a plus. Excellent people and communication skills a must! If you possess the following traits, we would be very interested in meeting with you. * Outgoing, * Excellent personality * Professional, * Hard-working * Responsible and always punctual * Team player * Attention to detail * Enjoy providing great service to guests * Quick Learner in a fast paced environment * Enthusiastic about their work * Desire to be the best of the best! It's our great people providing great service that generates our great results! This is a wonderful part-time opportunity for students, teachers and anyone looking to supplement income.

Lemaire Host/Hostess
FT/PT: PT
Shift Hours: Start 4pm to closing
Openings: 2

Responsible for seating guests, coordinating reservations and ensuring and assisting with Five Diamond service in our casual fine dining restaurant. Excellent people and communication skills a must. Previous restaurant experience helpful. Must work WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS. Shifts will vary based on business levels.
Rooms Division

Security Agent
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm or 3:30-11:30pm
Openings: 2

Responsible for Safety and Security of Hotel Guests, employees and property. Must have a background in Security, Military or Police. Must possess excellent Customer Service Skills, diplomacy and good communications skill (oral and written.) Must possess strong work ethic and honesty and integrity must be above reproach.

Room Attendant
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: 8:00am until finished - Must be fully flexible
Openings: 6

Position provides the hotel with the proper cleaning and servicing of guestrooms and assigned work areas. Will include attending to assigned areas that need attention. Must have Strong housekeeping experience. Excellent people skills and communication skills a must!

Turndown Attendant
FT/PT: Part-Time
Shift Hours: 5:00pm - Until Finished
Openings: 2

Position provides the hotel with the proper cleaning, servicing and turning down of beds during the evening. Must be friendly, accommodating and attentive. Must be able to physically perform position including lifting up to 30 lbs, standing and walking continuously. Previous work experience required.

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

Will greet all arriving and departing guests from the hotel using the Five Diamond/Five Star standards. Will assist 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 provide a driving record (0-+ points) and a valid Virginia Driver’s license. Must possess excellent communication skills and effectively work with others.

Housekeeping Supervisor
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - Must be Fully Flexible
Openings: 3

Will assist in overseeing the operation of a busy Housekeeping department. Must have 4 to 5 years hospitality experience. Preferably management or supervisory experience in a full service hotel property. Must be team oriented, achieve goals and be fully flexible to work any day of the week, weekends & Holidays. Requirements: * Provide excellent guest services * Lead, Motivate and train housekeeping staff * Establish and implement operational procedures * Plan and coordinate the activities of housekeeping staff, including scheduling * Coordinate the inspection of assigned areas to ensure that health regulations, safety standards and departmental policies are being met * Communicate efficiently and effectively with all team members and departments * Report any maintenance deficiencies and handling guests' requests to proper departments * Responsible for general cleaning and upkeep of guestrooms and other assigned areas as needed; Requirements include: the ability to lift, bend, move heavy equipment/furniture and remain on one's feet for extended periods of time