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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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Afternoon Tea

The Jefferson's Southern Afternoon Tea is served Friday through Sunday with seatings between 3:00 and 4:15. Enjoy pastries, scones, finger sandwiches and teas next to Valentine's marble statue of Thomas Jefferson and under the magnificent Tiffany stained glass of the Palm Court lobby located in the heart of Richmond. Please call (804) 649-4661 for reservations.

Southern Afternoon Tea at The Jefferson is the perfect way to celebrate almost any occasion - an upcoming wedding, a baby on the way, a retirement, a birthday or a graduation. Please call (804)649-4661 for reservations and party planning assistance.

Special Tea Events

Teddy Bear Tea
First Sunday of every month. Our younger guests are invited to bring their favorite "teddy" as their companion.
$28.00, plus tax and gratuity

Chocolate Lover's Tea
Our full tea service, featuring a bountiful buffet of chocolates. Third Saturday of every month.
$32.00, plus tax and gratuity

Enjoy the sounds of a harpist during tea each Friday. 

Menus & Tea

Afternoon Tea
Assorted Finger Sandwiches
Freshly Baked Scones served with Devonshire Cream and
Strawberry Preserves
A Selection of Pastries and Tea Breads
Choice of Tea
$28.00, plus tax and gratuity

From the Bar

Roederer Estate Brut$15$49
Graham Beck Brut$9$36
The Jefferson Chardonnay$8$36
Sparkling Cider$5$18