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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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Aalst Orchid Chocolate Hemisphere
White, Milk, or Dark Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Berries and Raspberry Sauce

Cinnamon Crème Caramel  $2
Baked Custard with a Soft Caramel Top and Fresh Raspberries

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan
Dark Chocolate and Pecans baked in Caramel Filling with Bourbon Caramel on a Shortbread Crust

Neapolitan Cheesecake
A swirl of Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry Cheesecake with Strawberry Compote

Triple Chocolate Cake
Dark Chocolate Cake with layers of White Chocolate Frosting, Milk Chocolate Ganache, and Chocolate Mirror Glaze

Jefferson Banana Pudding
Layers of Sweet Vanilla Custard, Sliced Bananas, and Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Silk Torte  $3
Rich Flourless Chocolate Cake with Blackberry Merlot Syrup

Chocolate Hazelnut Marjoliane  $4
Layers of Chocolate Chiffon Cake, Hazelnut Dacquoise, Dark and White Chocolate Mousse,
Praline Butter Cream with Rich Chocolate Ganache

Red Velvet Opera Torte
Layers of Flourless Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet Cake, Cream Cheese Icing, and glazed with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Toffee Caramel Crunch Cheesecake
New York Style Cream Cake swirled with Caramel on a Gingersnap Crust

Strawberry Shortcake Parfait  $2
Vanilla Sponge Cake, Fresh Strawberries, Tahitian Vanilla Bean Cream

Cookies And Cream Cake And Shake  $3
Chunks of Chocolate Fudge Cake swirled into a Sweet Vanilla Crème Milkshake

Virginia Peanut Pot De Crème  $3
Creamy Baked Custard glazed with Chocolate Ganache and Sugared Peanuts

Peach Cream Cake  $2
Moist Vanilla Cake with Sliced Peaches and Cream Cheese with Raspberry Sauce

Lemon Meringue Chess
Silky Lemon Custard baked with a Buttery Shortbread Crust and Romanoff Berries

Dutch Apple Tres Leches Cake  $3
Moist Spice Cake with Caramelized Apples and Sweet Cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding  $2
Moist Sponge Cake with Dates covered with Toffee Sauce