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!

  • 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 this summer at The Jefferson for your perfect getaway. Package includes your choice of accommodations, traditional Southern breakfast for two, breakfast gratuities and valet parking. 

Superior Room: Rates from $255
Deluxe Room: Rates from $295
(Taxes are additional.)

Enjoy greater savings when staying on select Sundays and Mondays with rates as low as $255 Superior and $295 Deluxe. Standard package rates of $275 Superior and $315 Deluxe will be available (7) days a week from June 29-September 3, 2014, subject to availability and to change without notice. Advanced reservations required.

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Join us at The Jefferson Hotel for the blockbuster exhibition, Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This is an exclusive opportunity to view works of art from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties from the collection of this renowned palace that was long forbidden from view by the general public.

The Forbidden City Package includes a choice of accommodations, traditional Southern breakfast for two, breakfast gratuity, two tickets to VMFA exhibit, valet parking and complimentary transportation to and from VMFA.

Superior Room: $315
Deluxe Room: $355
(Taxes are additional.)

Package valid Sunday – Thursday evenings from October 19, 2014 – January 11, 2015, excluding December 31, 2014. Subject to availability and to change without notice. Advance reservations are required.

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

Superior Room: $355
Deluxe Room: $395
(Saturday night only)

*Sunday Champagne Brunch package valid through Saturday, November 22, 2014. Subject to availability and to change without notice.

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Lemaire is a New American restaurant bringing a fresh, modern culinary experience to one of Virginia’s most iconic attractions. Includes three fabulous courses from Lemaire’s dinner menu, dinner gratuities and valet parking.

Superior Room: $365
Deluxe Room: $405
(Taxes are additional.)

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Surprise your special someone with this romantic getaway and there will be no doubt how much you care. Package includes sparkling wine and strawberries upon your arrival, a box of chocolate truffles at turndown, room service full American breakfast, breakfast gratuities and valet parking.

Superior Room:  $345
Deluxe Room:  $385
(Taxes are additional.)

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Celebrate the holidays amid the festive decorations at The Jefferson Hotel and treat yourselves to Richmond's finest Champagne Brunch in the morning. Includes Champagne Brunch for two, brunch gratuity, and valet parking.

Superior Room: $375
Deluxe Room: $415

Holiday Champagne Brunch package is valid the evenings of November 26 and 29 and December 6, 13, 20, 24 and 27, 2014.  

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