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  • 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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Floorplans & Meeting Room Specifications

ROTUNDA LEVEL AND TJ'S
Entrances on Main Street
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Rotunda Level Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Banquet Classroom Reception U-Shape
Rotunda Lobby 2944 The Rotunda areas are designed exclusively for receptions 450  
Dominion Room 806 31x26 10' 60 60 45 100 30
Commonwealth Room 677 21.5x31.5 10' 50 50 30 100 25
Wilson Room 456 24x 19 10' 30 30 20 30 15
Roosevelt Room 552 24x23 10' 35 50 30 50 20
Harrison Room 528 24x22 10' 40 40 35 50 20
McKinley Room 456 24x19 10' 30 40 20 30 15
Coolidge Room 696 29x24 10' 35 50 35 50 20
PALM COURT LEVEL, REGISTRATION AND LEMAIRE View Floor Plans »
Palm Court Level Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Banquet Classroom Reception U-Shape
Washington Room 336 21x16 9' These Board Rooms seat 10 and are specially
designed for executive meetings.
Monticello Room 384 24x16 9'
Flemish Room 1320 30x44 19' 100 80 50 125 30
Empire Room 4050 90x45 19' 250 280 150 500 45
Rotunda Mezzanine 4254 The Rotunda areas are designed exclusively for receptions 450
Grand Ballroom 4556 67x68 30' 450 450 250 600 50
Grand Ballroom Stage 325 25x13  
Ginter Gallery 1388 61x26 - 18x11 20'  Pre-function area for Grand Ballroom.
JAMES RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER
  Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Banquet lassroom Reception U-Shape
Shirley Room 288 16x18 12' Permanent seating for 12.
Tredegar Rooms
(1, 2 & 3)
416 26x16 12' Permanent seating for 4 per room.
Berkely Room 260 20x13 12'  Permanent seating for 10.
Westover Room 320 20x16 12' Permanent seating for 12.
Upper Brandon 696 29x24 12'         28
Roslyn Room 300 20x15 12'         10
Tuckahoe Room 192 12x16 12' 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.