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.
Health Facility at The Jefferson
Whether you prefer cardiovascular exercise equipment, weight training machinery or free weights, there is a wide selection of the most up-to-date equipment at your disposal in this 3,400 square foot facility. Use of the facility is complimentary to all guests and includes access to our indoor pool and sun deck – located on the first floor of the hotel.
The indoor pool will be closed from July 1 - August 26, 2016. Pool and guest privileges will continue to be available at the Greater Richmond YMCA directly across the street.
Therapeautic, specialty and Swedish massage treatments are available in our calming on-site treatment rooms or in the comfort of your guestroom. The following rates apply:
In Massage Treatment Room
Thirty Minutes $90
Sixty Minutes $105
Ninety Minutes $150
Thirty Minutes $115
Sixty Minutes $130
Ninety Minutes $175
Hot stone treatments are available for an additional $25.00 per session.
Please call Salon Vivace at 804-565-9000 to schedule your appointment.
Twenty-four hour notice is required on all cancellations of massage appointments. Cancellations received within 24 hours of the appointment will be charged at full rate. Taxes and gratuities are additional.