Be a part of history at The Jefferson Hotel

A painting of the Jefferson Hotel.

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 openingThe 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 staircase and lobby of the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA. The carpet is red, and the Christmas decorations adorn the whole space.

This staircase would make an amazing family photo op. | Photo by @thejeffersonhotel

The past

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.

A vintage postcard of the Jefferson Hotel from 1903.

This postcard was sent within the Jefferson Hotel’s first decade. | Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The present

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.

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