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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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Join us at The Jefferson Hotel for another festive and fun-filled holiday season. Our Holidays at The Jefferson package is back by popular demand and is better than ever. Can't get away before Christmas? Then consider joining us to celebrate New Year's Eve. Happy Holidays!

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Holidays at the Jefferson Package

Join us at The Jefferson for another joyful holiday season filled with festivities and fun! Your package includes superior accommodations, a $50 gift card to use anywhere in the hotel and valet parking. (Taxes are additional.)

$245 Superior Room

Package available November 22, 2013 - January 5, 2014, excluding December 31, 2013. Gift card may not be applied to package rate. Offer is subject to availability and to change without notice. Advance reservations required.

Please note that The Jefferson Hotel will be fully decorated for the holiday season from Monday, December 2, 2013 through Sunday, January 5, 2014.Dining reservations during the holiday season fill quickly so please be sure to inquire at the time of reservation should you wish to join us in Lemaire or TJ's.

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