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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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Holidays at the Jefferson


For Immediate Release
July 21, 2011

Contact: Jennifer Crisp, Public Relations Manager
Email: [email protected]

Holidays at The Jefferson

The spectacular decorations, life-sized gingerbread house, free weekday musical performances, seasonal dining in Lemaire and TJ's restaurants and other special events make The Jefferson the perfect holiday destination. The Holidays at The Jefferson package has been designed for guests to enjoy their getaway in the way that they choose with a flexible gift card to spend anywhere within the hotel. The Holidays at The Jefferson package includes:

One night's lodging $50 Jefferson Hotel gift card Signature Jefferson holiday ornament Complimentary valet parking $225 Superior Room

Guests can book more than one night and we will increase the gift card to $75 on each of those additional nights. Package is valid November 20, 2011 through January 9, 2012.

A variety of New Year's Eve Packages are also available to complete the holiday season. The New Year's Eve Bed and Breakfast Package is the perfect getaway including a superior guestroom, sparkling wine upon arrival, traditional Southern breakfast for two, breakfast gratuities and valet parking for $265 per couple. Guests may also celebrate at Richmond's favorite restaurant for exceptional dining and unsurpassed service with the New Year's Eve Lemaire Dinner Package. This package includes a superior room, a three-course dinner in Lemaire with a sparkling wine toast, dinner gratuities and valet parking and is $380 per couple. TJ's will also offer a festive and fun evening with the ever-popular New Year's Eve TJ's Dinner Package, which includes a superior room, a three-course dinner in TJ's with a sparkling wine toast, dinner gratuities and valet parking for just $330 per couple. All New Year's Eve packages are available for December 31, 2011 only.

Taxes are in addition to package prices. All offers are subject to availability and advance reservations are required.

The Jefferson was built in 1895 and has 262 rooms and suites, and is home to Lemaire Restaurant, TJ's Restaurant, The Salon at The Jefferson, Blooms at The Jefferson and Sunday Champagne Brunch. It is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Historic Hotels of America and one of only 38 hotels and resorts in North America to earn both the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond award.

For more information about The Jefferson Hotel, visit For more information about all holiday packages and activities at The Jefferson Hotel, visit

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