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.
The Jefferson's Convention Services staff is prepared to assist you with every aspect of your event, from the details of your program as they will be performed within the hotel to off-site requirements. In order to further assist you with your group, our convention services staff will also serve as your liaison to local service providers for a variety of destination management services.
Destination Management Services
- Team building programs
- Theme parties
- Tour planning, transportation and tickets
- Sporting events - golf, baseball, hockey, fishing, whitewater rafting
- Ground transportation and "meet and greet" services
- Scavenger hunts
- Spouse programs
- Area attraction brochures
- Hotel promotional items
- Gifts and delivery services
- Site visits
The Business Center
The Business Center, located in President's Hall, maintains an extensive inventory of office supplies and offers service to all Hotel guests including shredding, photocopying, laser printing, notary services, packing and shipping, and facsimile services, Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm. After hours services and assistance may be obtained at the front desk.
Computer Workstations, which are accessible 24 hours a day with a guestroom key, are available adjacent to the Business Center and also in The Palm Court Lobby. Each workstation includes a Dell computer and black and white printer. High-speed Internet service is available on each computer, plus a wired high-speed connection for laptops. The programs available at the Workstation include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. This is a complimentary service to all of our overnight hotel guests.
Wireless High-Speed Internet Access
The Jefferson is pleased to offer basic wireless high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. This is a complimentary service available in guestrooms, meeting rooms and public spaces. For enhanced internet speed, you may purchase Business Class wired or wireless internet access for your meeting rooms. Please contact your Convention Services Manager or Catering Manager for a quote.
PSAV Presentation Services (www.psav.com) is the in-house vendor and their experienced staff and competitive pricing make them the best choice for your audio visual needs. In-house personnel are available 24 hours a day to assist you.
Small group items like projectors and flipcharts are available, as well as supplemental speakers and fast fold screens for a larger gathering. All can be quickly provided with a phone call or pre-arranged with your Convention Services Manager. The Jefferson audiovisual staff can also provide show services for any size corporate or social event or can help plan and produce your multimedia, video or live presentation. Video conferencing, web casting, Skype access and a full range of other hybrid meeting services are available.
Blooms at The Jefferson
Allow Blooms at The Jefferson to assist with all of your floral needs. Whether sending an arrangement to a VIP guest or selecting centerpieces, designer Rick Lunsford can assist you with creative, extraordinary floral presentations. Mr. Lunsford’s designs have been featured in Southern Accents magazine, numerous regional publications and in several major motion pictures. Your Convention Services Manager can assist you with your order.