(Richmond, VA) – If there is one thing that is going to bring you to Richmond, Virginia, it is The Jefferson Hotel. It is full of history, the rooms are completely brand new offering the latest modern amenities, and of course that lobby…
It was opened in 1895 by Lewis Ginter, symbolizing a dream from a man who was Richmond‘s most modest, most colorful, and also one of their most wealthy.
He commissioned Carrere and Hastings, a renowned New York architectural firm who just completed the Fifth Avenue Public Library and portions of the Richmond Commonwealth Club to create his masterpiece.
The eclectic renaissance hotel takes inspiration from the Rococo and Edwardian era, took $2 million to construct and an additional $10 million to build and furnish the hotel.
As you take your car up to valet, you will be greeted by a statue of the last alligator in residence named Old Pompey, who died in 1948. Yes, they used to have alligators in the lobby as an attraction.
Walk into The Palm Court lobby, and see a beautiful Tuscany marble statue of our third President, Thomas Jefferson. Take a moment to appreciate the magnificent Tiffany glass ceiling.
Ginter commissioned sculptor, Edward Valentine, to create this life-size image where it survived a fire and decapitation in 1901, caused from being hastily dragged out by the sculptor himself while attempting to save it. The larger lobby features oversized columns and a grand staircase rumored to have inspired Gone With The Wind. It is scarlet red after all…
Post fire, Captain Joseph Willard, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and principal owner of the Willard Hotel in Washington, D. C. came to the renovation rescue to restore the hotel before visitors started arriving in Virginia for the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.
In 1944, there was another fire and it closed for a bit in 1980. There have been renovations in 1983, 1992, 2000, and they just completed most of the refreshed rooms in 2014 with the final phase being completed in the next year or so.
With over 26,000 square feet of function space, The Jefferson Hotel is a great place to host any intimate event or large gathering. All of the city’s most popular shopping, entertainment, museums and restaurants can be reached using the hotel’s complimentary transportation.
Each of The Jefferson‘s luxurious residential feel guest rooms and suites feature high ceilings, tall windows and custom-designed upholstered furnishings and draperies. The marbled bathrooms have pillowy bath towels and Molton Brown bath amenities.
There is the hotel’s Lemaire Restaurant and TJ’s Restaurant, which is lead by Executive Chef Patrick Ehemann, who does his best to serve local organic produce, naturally raised meats and sustainably harvested seafood wherever he can.
There is a 3,400 square-foot fitness center with massage therapy rooms. There is also an indoor pool.
There is a neat flower shop across the grand lobby, offering wedding consultations and creations by floral designer Rick Lunsford if you need those services.
It is 15 minutes from the Richmond Airport and about a 2-hour drive south from Washington, DC. There are 130 rooms, starting with regular rates of $335 and suites ranging from $435 to $2100. So grab some wheels and head down to Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel, you won’t regret it.