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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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Special Offers

Beginning with the 30th Annual Tree Lighting through New Year's Day brunch, this holiday season at The Jefferson promises to be one of the best yet. Plan to gather with friends, family and colleagues at The Jefferson to celebrate this special time of year.

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Tree Lighting
Monday, November 28, 2016

This time honored tradition at The Jefferson is in its 30th year. The evening’s festivities begin at 5:00pm with holiday musical performances. The Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 5:45pm and includes a host of holiday characters. The ceremony concludes with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus for the lighting of the tree.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to the Empire Ballroom following the ceremony to enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Guests of the event will also be the first to enjoy the annual Gingerbread Display prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Sara Ayyash and her talented team. Thousands of pounds of gingerbread, royal icing and candy are used to create a child-sized depiction of a classic holiday scene. The display will be in the Palm Court Lobby through Sunday, January 1.

The hotel will be decorated for the season beginning Monday, November 28 for Tree Lighting through Sunday, January 1, 2017. Hundreds of poinsettias, yards of garland and ribbon, thousands of twinking lights and dozens of toy soldiers will adorn the public spaces.

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Music at Midday
Tuesday, November 29 – Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Throughout the season visitors can enjoy musical performances by some of Richmond’s most talented performance groups. Each concert begins promptly at noon in the Palm Court or the Rotunda.

Tuesday, November 29St. Bridget Handbell Choir
Wednesday, November 30Appomattox Regional Governor’s School Concert Choir
Friday, December 2Hanover High School Senior Orchestra
Monday, December 5St. Gertrude High School Honors Ensemble
Tuesday, December 6Lee-Davis High School Advanced Orchestra
Wednesday, December 7Collegiate Fifth and Sixth Grade Strings
Thursday, December 8Manchester High School Chamber Ensemble
Monday, December 12St. Catherine and St. Christopher Fifth Grade Strings
Tuesday, December 13Tuckahoe Middle School Strings
Wednesday, December 14Oak Knoll Middle School Majestics
Monday, December 19Young Midlothian Singers
Tuesday, December 20Studio Performance Academy
Thursday, December 22Offering
Friday, December 23Senior Connections Choral Group
Wednesday, December 28Reveille Ringers, Reveille Methodist Church

Enjoy lunch at TJ’s before or after one of these uplifting performances. Please call 804-649-4672 for availability. Advance reservations are required and do fill quickly!

Performances are subject to change.

Holidays at the Jefferson Package

Join us at The Jefferson for another joyful holiday season filled with festivities and fun. Enjoy a luxurious new guest room, spectacular decorations, gracious service and valet parking all wrapped into one package.

Grand Premier Room: Rates from $275
(Taxes are additional.)

Package valid November 18 - December 30, 2016, based upon availability and subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required.

The hotel will be decorated for the holiday season beginning November 28, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

Holiday Bed and Breakfast Package

Celebrate the holidays with a festive getaway to Richmond. Perfect for a post-holiday party stay, a shopping excursion or just a relaxing start to the season, this package includes traditional Southern breakfast for two in the restaurant, breakfast gratuities and valet parking.

Grand Premier Room: Rates from $325
(Taxes are additional.)

Package valid November 18 - December 30, 2016, based upon availability and subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required.

The hotel will be decorated for the holiday season beginning November 28, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

Holiday Champagne Brunch Package

Celebrate amid the luxurious surroundings of The Jefferson and treat yourselves to Richmond's finest Champagne Brunch in the morning. Includes brunch for two, brunch gratuity, and valet parking.

Premier Room: $465
Grand Premier Room: $485
(Taxes are additional.)

Package is valid the evenings of November 23 and 26 and December 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2016, based upon availability. Advance reservations are required and offer is subject to change without notice.

Holiday Gift Cards

The Jefferson Hotel gift cards make the perfect holiday gift for the food lovers and travel enthusiasts on your list. Gift cards may be purchased in any denomination and never expire. Place your order on-line, over the phone at 804-649-4627 or in person at Gators Gift Shop.

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Holiday Gatherings

Whether you are planning a holiday gathering for your company, social organization or your extended family, The Jefferson is known for its impeccable service, festive atmosphere and exceptional food – the perfect combination for any special event.  Call 804-649-4612 today to plan your holiday event at The Jefferson in one of our beautiful function spaces.

Private luncheons are also available this season in Lemaire, Monday – Friday, for groups of 12-60 guests.  Please call Melissa Warner at 804-649-4618 for more information.

Holiday Giving

The tradition of giving back to the Richmond community continues this season with our Lemaire Monday Night Out for Charity program.  Each Monday evening in December, Lemaire will donate 5% of all food purchases to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank.

Lemaire's Monday Night Out for Charity has donated over $95,000 for charities including Faison School of Richmond, Juvenile Diabetes, Susan G. Komen Central Virginia, Richmond SPCA, Southern Foodways Alliance, Virginia Home, Junior Achievement of Central Virginia, World Pediatric Project, Fetch a Cure, and The Doorways (formerly Hospital Hospitality House). Thank you to all our guests who have made valuable contributions while enjoying a great meal in Lemaire!

New Year's Eve Dining
Saturday, December 31, 2016

TJ’s will be serving from their a la carte and seasonal specials menus on New Year’s Eve:

Breakfast7:00am – 11:00am
Lunch11:00am – 2:00pm
Dinner6:00pm – 9:00pm
Lounge11:00am – 10:00pm

Lemaire will be open on New Year's Eve, serving from their seasonal dinner and holiday specials menus:

Dinner5:00pm – 10:00pm
Lounge4:00pm – Midnight
 The lounge will close at 1:00am.

 

 

New Year’s Day Dining
Sunday, January 1, 2016

Lemaire will be open on New Year’s Day for dinner service from 5:00pm – 10:00pm.  The lounge will be open from 4:00pm – Midnight.

All rates are subject to change without notice and are subject to availability.
All packages based upon double occupancy.