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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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Salon del Sol at The Jefferson

Salon del Sol at The Jefferson offers a unique combination of convenience and luxury. Located off The Rotunda lobby, its chic decor and calming environment provide the perfect atmosphere for pampering and relaxation. Salon del Sol is Richmond’s premier Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spas offering several convenient locations in the metro Richmond area. An Aveda lifestyle salon allows Salon del Sol to co-brand with Aveda and extends the opportunity for Salon del Sol to offer a full menu of Aveda designed salon and spa services sure to restore balance and beauty. Salon del Sol also offers signature and complimentary value added services such as a fringe and neck trim, therapeutic scalp massage before shampoo, hand massage and makeup touch-up at the end of our guest’s services.

As you enter any of our Salon del Sol locations, guests are greeted at the door with a cup of comforting tea or water. The retail lobby carries a complete selection of Aveda’s pure flower and plant essence products for your body, skin and hair. Every technician has a genuine dedication to quality and a proven track record in their field through continued education, which keeps them up to date on trends and technology. 

We invite you to restore your spirit, refresh your senses, and relax in the hands of our experienced professionals. Come join us for an hour, an afternoon or a day. Visit to see a full list and description of the services we provide, or call our reservations desk at 804-332-6009