It’s on the National Register of Historic Places + Historic Hotels of America, it’s a local landmark designed by a Richmonder, and it continues to entertain guests over 100 years since opening — The Jefferson Hotel.
Before you make any holiday plans at this can’t-miss Christmas locale, we’re outlining the past and the present all Jefferson pros must know.
The hotel has called 101 W. Franklin St. home since October 31, 1895, thanks to a project led by Lewis Ginter. At the time, he had already made fortunes in imports, banking + tobacco.
When the hotel first opened for guests, it was one of the first in the nation to have electric lighting. It also had South American imported trees, Turkish + Russian baths, and… we’re not kidding.. alligators swimming in marble pools in the lobby. We’re sure they made great concierges. Pro tip: You can find alligator statues and decor at the in-house restaurant Lemaire, as an homage to that lobby.
Speaking of Lemaire, did you know the award-winning eatery is named for Thomas Jefferson’s maitre d’hotel Emile Lemaire?
Other famous names who have graced this famously-named hotel include the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis, Dolly Parton + twelve U.S. presidents.
The Jefferson is only allowing people inside with reservations for an overnight stay, Lemaire, afternoon tea, the in-house Salon Vivace, or a private event. Some good news for the new year, the hotel will bring back Sunday Champagne Brunch in 2022.
Just for The Jefferson
Richmond has built many stunning stays since The Jefferson opened its doors. Let us know which local hotels we need to book next.