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.
AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Average fare - $30.00 - $35.00 per trip
Limousine service can be obtained by contacting the concierge at (804) 649-4615. Fees vary.
AMTRAK STATION TRANSPORTATION
Complimentary transportation is available from the Amtrak Main Street Station in downtown Richmond. Advance reservations are not required for this service. Upon arriving at Main Street Station, please contact the Concierge Desk at 804-649-4615 to request pick-up. The driver is generally available within 15 minutes.
Please note that complimentary transportation is not available from the Staples Mill Road Amtrak Station. Taxi service is available.
The Jefferson offers complimentary transportation to all downtown destinations including the financial district, convention center, the capital, Carytown shopping district and the Shockoe Slip/Shockoe Bottom entertainment districts. Advance reservations are required and may be made through the concierge desk. The service is available from 7:00am to 11:00pm daily with last call at 10:45pm.
The hotel offers both valet and self parking services in a secure lot. Rates are $20.00 for valet and $12.00 for self parking overnight. Parking for buses and trucks can be arranged in advance by contacting the Concierge at (804) 649-4615.
AIRLINE ACCESS CODES
- APOLLO/GALILEO - 45346
- SABRE/FANTASIA - 29627
- WORLDSPAN/ABACUS - RICTJ
- AMADEUS - RICJEF
- AXESS - 2123
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - NONSTOP SERVICE
For further information about Richmond International Airport, their website can be accessed at http://www.flyrichmond.com.