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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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Rodin Package

Join us at The Jefferson Hotel for the blockbuster exhibition, Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit will include nearly 200 works by Auguste Rodin, who is recognized as the greatest sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These works  reveal the evolution of his artistic genius and include his most famous work, The Thinker.  

The Rodin Package includes a grand premier room, traditional Southern breakfast for two, breakfast gratuity, two tickets to VMFA exhibit, valet parking and complimentary transportation to and from VMFA.

Grand Premier Room: $375
(Taxes are additional.)

Package valid Sunday – Thursday evenings from November 22, 2015 – March 13, 2016, excluding December 31, 2015. Subject to availability and to change without notice. Advance reservations required. 

Image: Auguste Rodin, The Thinker (large-size model), 1903
patinated plaster.
© Musée Rodin, photo by Christian Baraja



The Jefferson Package allows you to customize your perfect getaway.  Each package includes valet parking and your choice of one of the following inclusions:

A three course dinner for two in Lemaire, including dinner gratuities

Sunday Champagne brunch for two, including brunch gratuities and a 3:00pm late check-out (available with Saturday night stay only)

Sparkling wine and strawberries upon arrival, room service full American breakfast for two, breakfast gratuities and a seasonal fresh floral arrangement

Premier Room: $435
Grand Premier Room: $455

(Taxes are additional.)

Based upon availability and subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required. 

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Experience for yourself what the buzz is all about and join us for a night, or two or three, to experience Richmond’s diverse and delicious food scene. Package includes:

  • Two Richmond craft beers and Lemaire’s signature pimiento cheese delivered upon arrival
  • $50 dining gift card for Lemaire Restaurant at The Jefferson Hotel
  • Traditional Southern breakfast for two in the restaurant, including gratuity
  • Complimentary downtown transportation

Premier Room: $425
Grand Premier Room: $445

(Taxes are additional.)

Guests booking the Savor Richmond Package can purchase additional nights of lodging (no inclusions) at rates as low as $295 per night. Please contact reservations directly at 800-424-8014 to add a second or third night to your experience. The add-a-night offer may not be combined with any other package or rate offering.

Based upon availability and subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required.

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Fun and flexible, this package includes traditional Southern breakfast for two in the restaurant, breakfast gratuities and valet parking.

Rates from $315
(Taxes are additional.)

Package available Friday - Monday evenings only, based upon availability and subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required.

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Surprise the love of your life with a magical proposal at the iconic Jefferson Hotel.  This package provides all the romantic necessities.  Just add your beautiful ring and heartfelt words for a memory to last a lifetime.  Your package includes:

  • Your choice of luxurious accommodations
  • Sparkling wine, strawberries and one dozen red roses delivered to your guestroom upon arrival
  • Romantic three-course dinner in Lemaire, including gratuities
  • Room service full American breakfast, including gratuities

Premier King Room: $615
Grand Premier King Room: $635
(Taxes are additional.)


Package subject to availability and to change without notice.  Advance reservations are required.

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