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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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Floorplans & Meeting Room Specifications

ROTUNDA LEVEL AND TJ'S
Entrances on Main Street

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Room/LocationSq. Ft.DimensionsCeilingTheaterBanquetClassroomReceptionU-Shape
Rotunda Lobby2944The Rotunda areas are designed exclusively for receptions450 
Dominion Room80631x2610'60604510030
Commonwealth Room67721.5x31.510'50503010025
Wilson Room45624x 1910'3030203015
Roosevelt Room55224x2310'3550305020
Harrison Room52824x2210'4040355020
McKinley Room45624x1910'3040203015
Coolidge Room69629x2410'3550355020

PALM COURT LEVEL, REGISTRATION AND LEMAIRE

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Room/LocationSq. Ft.DimensionsCeilingTheaterBanquetClassroomReceptionU-Shape
Washington Room33621x169'These Board Rooms seat 10 and are specially
designed for executive meetings.
Monticello Room38424x169'
Flemish Room132030x4419'100805012530
Empire Room405090x4519'25028015050045
Rotunda Mezzanine4254The Rotunda areas are designed exclusively for receptions450
Grand Ballroom455667x6830'45045025060050
Grand Ballroom Stage32525x13 
Ginter Gallery138861x26 - 18x1120' Pre-function area for Grand Ballroom.

JAMES RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER

Room/LocationSq. Ft.DimensionsCeilingTheaterBanquetlassroomReceptionU-Shape
Shirley Room28816x1812'Permanent seating for 12.
Tredegar Rooms
(1, 2 & 3)
41626x1612'Permanent seating for 4 per room.
Berkely Room26020x1312' Permanent seating for 10.
Westover Room32020x1612'Permanent seating for 12.
Upper Brandon69629x2412'    28
Roslyn Room30020x1512'    10
Tuckahoe Room19212x1612'Permanent seating for 8.

MEETING ROOM DESCRIPTIONS

THE GRAND BALLROOM

Sparkling chandeliers suspended from the ornately painted ceiling, voluminous draperies and a graceful stage highlight The Jefferson's Grand Ballroom. With 4,500 square feet of unobstructed space, never intruded upon by folding walls, this magnificent setting is available for breakfasts, lunches and cocktail receptions, banquets and receptions.

THE EMPIRE ROOM

Once utilized as The Jefferson's main dining room, this elegant room is characterized by a wall of thirty-foot windows and a bank of graceful French doors opening to The Mezzanine which overlooks the expansive Rotunda. The Empire Room is equipped with blackout shades and is as perfect a setting for your meeting as it is for a reception or gala dinner.

THE FLEMISH ROOM

The Flemish Room features rich African mahogany paneling that is original to the hotel. Eminently suited to lectures, large board meetings, and intimate receptions and dinners, The Flemish Room may also be reserved for use in conjunction with the adjacent Empire Room.

THE ROTUNDA ROOM

The Jefferson's Rotunda is undoubtedly one of the most stunning public spaces in any hotel in America. Majestic in scale, opulent in ornamentation and encircled by monumental columns, this magnificent setting is available for cocktail receptions, lunch and dinner service, and is always a welcome diversion for meeting attendees.

EXECUTIVE BOARDROOMS

The Washington and Monticello rooms are elegantly appointed with high-backed leather chairs and desk blotters, and feature a private restroom, foyer and windows. Centrally located on the Mezzanine Level, they are well suited for board of directors meetings as well as security and communications centers.

PRESIDENTS HALLWAY

This collection of five meeting rooms is conveniently located just below the Grand Ballroom. Outfitted with corkboard strips, multiple phone lines and whiteboards, these rooms are ideal for independent meetings, breakout sessions and computer training.

THE JAMES RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER

The James River Conference Center offers a unique collection of nine meeting rooms ideally suited for training sessions, workshops and meetings where a secure environment is essential. Located just off Presidents Hallway, this area features leather ergonomic high-backed chairs, corkboard strips, multiple phone lines and private outdoor patio. The two largest meeting rooms, the Upper Brandon and the Roslyn Room, are perfect for general session events while the additional rooms may be utilized for breakouts.