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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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The Jefferson Hotel Awarded AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Ratings for 2011



For Immediate Release
January 14, 2011

Contact: Jennifer Crisp, Public Relations Manager
804-283-1594
Email: [email protected]

The Jefferson Hotel Awarded AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Ratings for 2011

RICHMOND, VA (January 14, 2011) - The Jefferson Hotel is one of only thirty-eight (38) hotels and resorts in the United States to be awarded both the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star awards for 2011.  This is the historic hotel’s 18th consecutive win of the AAA Five Diamond award and the 11th consecutive win of the Forbes Five Star award.
 
The Jefferson was built in 1895 and has 262 rooms and suites, 26,000 square feet of function space and it home to Lemaire Restaurant, TJ’s Restaurant, Blooms at The Jefferson and The Salon at The Jefferson.  It is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Historic Hotels of America.  The Jefferson Hotel is proud to share the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star designations with sister properties, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort in Charleston, SC and The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN. 
 
ABOUT THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION
AAA has been publishing its hotel rankings since 1977.  Less than one half of one percent of all properties inspected received the AAA Five Diamond award.  When considering a property for a Four or Five Diamond rating, AAA inspectors check in to hotels anonymously.  Upon departure, they will announce their identity and present a written summary of the inspection and the rating decision.
 
ABOUT FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE
Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Star ratings and certifications, has provided ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958.  The ratings process is based on more than 750 standardized criteria and begins with a facility inspection that considers every aspect of the property, including its overall cleanliness, condition and location.  To achieve Forbes Travel Guide Four and Five Star status, properties must meet or exceed the bar-setting service standards, which are determined through an unannounced, undercover service evaluation conducted by Forbes Travel Guide’s expert inspectors.

For more information about The Jefferson Hotel, visit http://www,jeffersonhotel.com or call 800-424-8014.

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