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.
WEDDING CAKES AT THE JEFFERSON
The Jefferson Hotel is pleased to offer customized wedding cake creations for our wedding couples. Most often you have an idea in mind for your cake. Our talented Pastry Chef will meet with you and your Catering Manager to sample cake flavors and discuss what you have envisioned – the sky’s the limit.
Entrusting The Jefferson with this important reception centerpiece is an easy decision for most of our brides and grooms. Not only can you be confident that your cake will be spectacular but you also won’t have to worry about coordinating cake delivery or the fees associated with that, nor will you incur a cake-cutting fee.
Here is a sampling of the cake, fillings and icing flavors you may consider:
Marble (a mix of vanilla and chocolate)
Hummingbird (pineapple, banana and pecans)
Sponge Cakes: Coconut, Lemon, Almond, Orange or Raspberry
Seasonal Cakes: Gingerbread, Spice or Pumpkin (available September - February)
Mousses: Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Mocha, Coffee, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry, Lemon, Key Lime, Blackberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Mango, Chai Tea, Green Tea, Eggnog or Cinnamon Brown Sugar
Liqueurs: Bailey's Irish Creme, Spiced Rum or Amaretto
Fruit Curds: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mango, Passionn Fruit or Pineapple
Marmalades: Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry or Peach
Buttercreams: Chocolate, Vanilla, White Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oreo, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel or Honey
Wedding cake prices begin at $6.00 per guest plus service charge and tax. The price per person is based upon the intricacy of the cake (flavors, filling, icing and decoration).
There is a supplementary charge of $2.00 per guest if the wedding cake is supplied by a source other than The Jefferson.
BLOOMS AT THE JEFFERSON
Designer Rick Lunsford has been providing Richmond brides with elegant, one-of-a-kind wedding floral designs for more than twenty-five years. His work has been featured in national magazines, numerous regional publications and several major motion pictures. Mr. Lunsford has also designed and decorated The Jefferson Hotel during the holidays for over a decade.
Mr. Lunsford has worked with a majority of the churches and wedding venues in the Richmond area. He will consult with you on your vision for your special day and will provide you with a proposal based upon your wishes and budget.
Blooms at The Jefferson is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Wedding floral consultations are by appointment and orders may be made by calling (804)649-4676.
Located within The Jefferson Hotel, Salon Vivace provides a serene refuge for you and your wedding party. A unique menu of luxurious international salon and spa treatments are available to restore, revive and replenish as you prepare for your special day.
Please call 804-565-9000 to schedule a consultation with an expert service provider.
Open Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm; Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm
OTHER RECOMMENDED VENDORS
The Jefferson Hotel highly recommends these fine businesses to assist you in making your event a complete success.
GIFT BASKETS /GIFTS
Gator's Gift Shop at The Jefferson (804) 649-4660
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Hayes and Fisk The Art of Photography (804) 740-9307*
Don Mears Photography (804) 915-7491
Robert Harris (804) 379-7400
Mike Topham Photography (804) 285-1979
Quarterman Photography (804) 779-2118
Meghan McSweeney (804) 647-9412
Seth and Emily Roberts Photography (804) 562-8861
Jason Collins Photography (804) 837-1540
David Champagne Photography (804) 254-7365
Stephanie Yonce Photography (804) 339-5597
Bridal Consulting by Naomi , Naomi Meyer (804) 270-1237
Merriment Events, Courtney Spencer (804) 873-5537
LK Events & Design Lindsey Averette (804) 221-7257
Belles and Whistles Jennings Whiteway (804) 397-5765
Events by Elizabeth Palmer (804) 305-6997
*Special thanks to Hayes and Fisk Photography for their photography contributions to the website.