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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!
Twelve 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.) 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:
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
Coconut Sponge Cake
Lemon Sponge Cake
Almond Sponge Cake
Vanilla Sponge Cake
Orange Sponge Cake
Red Velvet Cake
White Chocolate Mousse
Bailey's Irish Cream
Passion Fruit Curd
Chocolate Pastry Cream
Vanilla Pastry Cream
White Chocolate Buttercream
Wedding cake prices begin at $5.00 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 the most distinguished wedding floral designs and personalized service for over twenty-five years. His work has been featured in Southern Accents magazine, numerous regional publications and several major motion pictures. Mr. Lunsford has also created The Jefferson’s floral displays and holiday decorations for the last nine years.
Blooms at The Jefferson can assist with flowers for all of your wedding events and has worked at all of the churches and wedding venues in the area in the past. Mr. Lunsford will meet with you to learn about your what you have envisioned for your special day and provide you with a proposal based upon your wishes and budget.
Blooms at The Jefferson is open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm. Floral consultation appointments and orders may be made by calling (804)649-4676.
SALON DEL SOL AT THE JEFFERSON
Salon del Sol at The Jefferson offers unique combination of convenience and luxury. Located off of The Rotunda lobby, its chic decor and calming environment provide the perfect atmosphere for pampering and relaxation on your big day. Bridal packages are available for you and your bridal party. We offer hair styling, makeup, facials, massages, waxing, and nail services for the perfect pampering session before you tie the knot. Contact us at [email protected] or 804-332-6009 to speak with our Reservations Specialist who can help you plan your special day just the way you've always imagined!
OTHER RECOMMENDED VENDORS
The Jefferson Hotel highly recommends these fine businesses to assist you in making your event a complete success.
Blooms at The Jefferson (804) 649-4676
GIFT BASKETS /GIFTS
Gator's Gift Shop at The Jefferson (804) 649-4660
By Invitation Only (804) 364-8474
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Choice Entertainment (804) 788-4603
East Coast Entertainment (804) 355-2178
Skip Gailes (Musician in Residence at The Jefferson) (804) 320-2593
Sam Hill Entertainment (866) SAM-HILL
Hayes and Fisk The Art of Photography (804) 740-9307*
Cliff Bruce Studio (804) 270-9275
Don Mears Photography 804-915-7491
Robert Harris (804) 276-1200
Mike Topham Photography 804-285-1979
PW Photography 804-560-8800
Quarterman Photography 804-779-2118
Dementi Studios 804-648-9003
Salon del Sol at The Jefferson (804) 332-6009
James River Bus Line & Carey Transportation (804) 342-7300
James Limousine (804) 273-1540
Ron Johnson's Car Service 804-400-9667
TNT Limousine (804) 965-0990
Winn Trolley's (804) 358-9466
Bridal Consulting by Naomi , Naomi Meyer (804) 270-1237
McBride Events, Jennifer McBride (804) 519-0390
Merriment Events, Courtney Spencer (804) 873-5537
Rubies and Pearls, Pearl Walden Thomas and Ruby Virginia Thomas (804) 690-6799 or (434) 409-1668
*Special thanks to Hayes and Fisk Photography for their photography contributions to the website.