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  • 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.

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Thank you for choosing The Jefferson Hotel. Please complete the contact information below before proceeding to make your requests for arrival amenities, dining reservations, and massage appointments and local transportation reservations. The final step in your planning process will be to complete the information required on the Check-out page and submit your requests. We look forward to your arrival!

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Please note that all requests will be responded to via e-mail within 48 hours of receipt. Requests will be filled on a space available basis and should not be considered confirmed until you have received our reply. For guests arriving within three days, please contact our Concierge Desk at 804-649-4615 for immediate assistance.

For guests that have not yet made their reservation but require additional information, please contact our reservations department at [email protected] with all general inquiries.

All amenities will be delivered to your guestroom upon your arrival unless an alternate date and/or time are requested above in Comments.Charges will be applied to your hotel bill. Taxes are additional.

Please use our Open Table dining reservations service to confirm your dining reservation at Lemaire Restaurant, our New American restaurant featuring a farm-to-table menu, or TJ's, our Southern Bistro. Reservations made through Open Table can be considered confirmed.

Lemaire Restaurant Dinner Reservations »

TJ's Breakfast and Lunch Reservations »

Please complete the information below to request a massage appointment in either The Jefferson's fitness facility or in your guestroom:

Twenty-four hour notice is required on all cancellations of massage appointments. Cancellations received within twenty-four hours of the appointment will be charged at full rate. Taxes and gratuities are additional.

The Jefferson Hotel is pleased to offer guests complimentary downtown transportation. Advance reservations are suggested. Please complete the information below to make your requested reservations.

Thank you again for choosing The Jefferson Hotel! You will be contacted via e-mail with 48 hours to confirm your requested arrangements. Please consider all dining reservations made through Open Table to be confirmed. All amenity requests will be billed to your guest room automatically. Massage and Dining may be billed to your guestroom at your request or paid for at the time of service.


Stay Planner Policy:

All requests will be responded to via e-mail within 48 hours of receipt. Requests will be filled on a space available basis and should not be considered confirmed until you have received our reply. Dining reservations made using OpenTable may be considered confirmed.

Please notify us 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or change any of the requested amenities or services. Charges may apply for no shows or changes within 24 hours.

For guests arriving within three days, please contact our Concierge Desk at 804-649-4615 for immediate assistance. Requests made using this Stay Planner cannot be honored within 72 hours of arrival.