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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
reservations team at 800-424-8014
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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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If you are interested in any of these positions, please complete an on-line employment application or download and print an Employment Application. The Jefferson is an equal opportunity employer.

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Management Positions

TJ's Supervisor
FT/PT: Full Time-Hourly
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - Must Work Weekends
Openings: 1

To coordinate, manage, and direct the activities of TJ’s Restaurant under the direction of the Restaurant Manager and within the guidelines set by The Jefferson Hotel. To establish long and short range objectives for TJ’s, ensuring high quality service, standards and satisfaction to our guests. Individual must possess knowledge of five diamond, five star standards and exemplify, as well as direct those principles.

Catering Events Manager
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Must be flexible nights, weekends and holidays
Openings: 1

Handles inquiries and bookings generated through the Catering office and Convention Services. Responsible for booking, contracting, designing and executing banquet events from the initial inquiry, to the completion of the event and planning special menus as appropriate. Looks for outside business opportunities through joining organizations or directly soliciting business. Utilizes proper accounting, credit procedures and establishes and/or maintains thorough files. Must have Excellent communication skills, strong computer skills and a minimum of three years hotel experience, preferably in a luxury hotel. Bachelors Degree Required.
Food and Beverage

TJ's Assistant Supervisor
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - Must Work Weekends
Openings: 1

To coordinate, manage, and direct the activities of TJ’s Restaurant under the direction of the Restaurant Manager and within the guidelines set by The Jefferson Hotel. To establish long and short range objectives for TJ’s, ensuring high quality service, standards and satisfaction to our guests. Individual must possess knowledge of five diamond, five star standards and exemplify, as well as direct those principles.

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!
Rooms Division

Accounting Clerk
FT/PT: Full Time
Shift Hours: Shift starts a 9:00am
Openings: 1

Responsible for the timely and accurate processing of accounts payable disbursements and general accounting matters. Candidate will need good mathematical skills for reconciliation responsibilities and have good aptitude for various systems comprehension and use. Ability to effectively deal with guests is a must. High School diploma with some business courses (preferably accounting). Three years accounts payable experience with a large volume of transactions or comparable experience.

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: Part Time
Shift Hours: 8:00am until finished - Must be fully flexible
Openings: 2

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.

Front Office Agent
FT/PT: Full-Time
Shift Hours: Shifts Vary - Must be Flexible
Openings: 1

Agent will assist in helping manage all day-to-day functions of the Front Office operation and taking reservations for guest rooms, food & beverage, brunch and Restaurants in the Reservation Department. This position will also include Hotel Operator shifts and answering Hotel Main Number. Must possess the following: front desk experience, 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.