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.
Host Bar Service may be arranged either on a per drink consumption basis or on a per person per hour basis.
BAR SERVICE BASED ON CONSUMPTION
Call Brands $6.75
Premium Brands $7.25
Top Shelf $7.75
Cordials and Cognacs $8.75
Domestic Beer $5.50
Imported Beer $6.00
Craft Beer $7.00
Non-Alcoholic Beer $5.50
Jefferson Centennial Wine $6.25
Mineral Waters $3.50
Soft Drinks $3.50
Sparkling Cider $16.00/bottle
Non-Alcoholic Punch $60.00/Gallon
BAR SERVICE BASED ON HOURLY SERVICE
Wine and Beer Bar (Domestic and Imported Beers, Jefferson Wine):
$13.50 Per Person for first Hour
$7.75 per person for each Continuous Hour or Part of an Hour
Call Brands: $14.50 per person for First Hour
$8.75 per person for each Continuous Hour or Part of an Hour
Premium Brands: $15.50 per person for First Hour
$9.25 per person for each Continuous Hour or Part of an Hour
Top Shelf Brands: $17.50 per person for First Hour
$9.75 per person for each Continuous Hour or Part of an Hour
Call Brands $7.50
Premium Brands $8.00
Top Shelf Brands $8.50
Cordials and Cognacs $9.75
Domestic Beer $6.00
Imported Beer $6.50
Craft Beer $7.75
Non-Alcoholic Beer $6.25
Jefferson Centennial Wine $7.25
Mineral Waters and Soft Drinks $4.00
Cash Bar Prices include Applicable Taxes
Virginia Peanuts. . . .$32 per bowl
Mixed Nuts. . . .$42 per bowl
Bar Mix, Chex Mix or Trail Mix. . . .$28 per bowl
One Bartender is recommended per 75-100 people for any period up to Three Hours - $100 each
Each Additional Hour Thereafter - $25
Craft beers may be substituted.
Perrier Sparkling Water - $5.00 each
Orange, Apple and Cranberry Juices - $6.00 each
Red Bull or Sugar Free Red Bull - $8.00 each
Gatorade or Powerade - $4.50 each
San Pellegrino Sparkling Water (1 liter) - $9.00 each
Martinelli Sparkling Cider - $16.00 per bottle
Infused Waters: Ginger, Orange, and Cranberry or Blueberry, Star Anise and Mint - $22.00 per gallon
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Hot Tea - $55.00 per gallon
Iced Tea (Sweetened or Unsweetened) - $55.00 per gallon
Lemonade or Non-Alcoholic Fruit Punch - $60.00 per gallon