The Jefferson hotel Rotunda Lobby

The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond VA: Classic Luxury and Romance

Enjoy 5-star luxury and elegance at The Jefferson hotel in Richmond VA, perfect for a romantic getaway to Virginia’s hip capital city. This fabulous star of the Gilded Age has has been extensively restored and thoughtfully renovated for the modern traveler. The Jefferson is one of the most luxurious hotels in Richmond VA, with decor, rooms, dining, and amenities so lovely you may not want to leave.

The Jefferson Hotel is one of the grand historic hotels in Virginia

The Jefferson Hotel is a grand historic hotel in Virginia

We first stayed at The Jefferson in 1996, and the hotel has been beautifully renovated since then. Our review and photos are based on a two-night stay in July, 2018. We’ve also included information on dining and things to do in and near the hotel.

The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond VA: Rooms and Amenities

Even before you enter The Jefferson hotel, you’ll see signs of its quirky history. Alligators once lived in the fountains inside the hotel lobby, amusing and sometimes scaring guests. Today, two bronze alligators greet your arrival, perfect for a fun photo opp.

Fountain alligator The Jefferson hotel Richmond VA

Fountain alligator The Jefferson hotel Richmond VA

Public Spaces at The Jefferson Hotel

Inside, the beautiful Palm Court sets the stage for elegance throughout the property. The room is crowned by a massive stained-glass ceiling towering above a life-size marble statue of Thomas Jefferson. Tobacco baron Lewis Ginter spared no expense when he planned the hotel, and the renovated space honors the original design.

Palm Court of the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond Virginia

Palm Court of the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond Virginia

Palm Court stained glass ceiling at the Jefferson Hotel Richmond VA

Palm Court stained glass ceiling at the Jefferson Hotel Richmond VA

A sweeping Grand Staircase (rumored to have inspired Gone with the Wind) leads down to the swank Rotunda Lobby. This beautiful room is the site of countless photographs marking a stay or special event at The Jefferson. It’s an elegant place to relax and enjoy a cocktail at TJ’s lounge. Stop in the small museum to learn more about the famous people who have stayed at the Jefferson Hotel and one guest’s alligator encounter.

The Jefferson Hotel Rotunda Lobby

The Jefferson Hotel Rotunda Lobby

The Jefferson Hotel museum Richmond VA

The Jefferson Hotel museum Richmond VA


An indoor pool topped with a large skylight offers another nice place to relax. There is also a small patio with a few chairs if you want to sit outside.

Indoor pool at The Jefferson hotel Richmond VA

Indoor pool at The Jefferson hotel Richmond VA

Check rates and availability at The Jefferson now.

The Jefferson Hotel Guest Rooms

Our elegant Grand Premier Guest Room featured a comfortable king bed, separate sitting area, and spacious marble bath. Plush robes, luxury linens, top quality toiletries, and free wifi kept us comfortable and relaxed.

The Jefferson hotel bedroom Richmond VA

The Jefferson hotel bedroom Richmond VA

Marble bath The Jefferson hotel Richmond VA

Marble bath The Jefferson hotel Richmond VA

Richmond Suites add a separate living area, and there are even larger suites with kitchen and dining space.

Is your getaway plan all about romance? Check out these 15 Fabulous Romantic Getaways from Washington DC.

Dining at The Jefferson Hotel

Dinner at Lemaire highlights locally sourced ingredients and Southern flavors. Lemaire does wonders with fresh seafood, and we particularly enjoyed the scallops and halibut. Be sure to save room for dessert. The renovated dining room features soaring ceilings in a space that’s refined but not too formal. The spacious Lemaire bar is a more casual spot to relax with a cocktail after a day of exploring.

Visit the Lemaire website to check menus and make a reservation.

Scallops at Lemaire in Richmond VA

Scallops at Lemaire in Richmond VA

Dessert at Lemaire in The Jefferson hotel, Richmond VA

Dessert at Lemaire in The Jefferson, Richmond VA

Head to TJ’s, next to the downstairs lobby for breakfast and casual dining. We enjoyed delicious made-to-order omelets with home fries and a biscuit.

TJ's casual dining at The Jefferson Hotel Richmond VA

TJ’s casual dining at The Jefferson in Richmond VA

Afternoon tea is served Friday to Sunday, and reservations are required. Tea is served under the beautiful stained glass dome of the Palm Court.

Check more traveler reviews of The Jefferson hotel in Richmond Virginia. And visit The Jefferson website for more information and special getaway packages.

Things to Do During Your Stay at The Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson is one of the most beautiful historic hotels in Virginia, and a fabulous base for a Richmond getaway. The property is located on West Franklin Street, a few blocks uphill from the James River. It’s a great central location, perfect for exploring Richmond. The State Capital area, riverfront, Broad Street shopping. and historic neighborhoods are all nearby.

Read our full guide to fun things to do in Richmond during your stay at The Jefferson hotel:

Fun Things to Do in Richmond VA on a Getaway to Virginia’s Capital City

Find more Richmond VA attractions and activities at the Visit Richmond website and follow them on Facebook for the latest Richmond events and news. For another take on places to visit in Richmond, read 8 Great Things to Do in Richmond Virginia on McCool Travel.

The Jefferson hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America, a collection dedicated to preserving historic authenticity. Plan more romantic getaways in the Washington DC capital region with our guide to Historic Hotels in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic.

Historic Hotels in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic US Offer Luxury and Charm

You’ll find even more romantic getaway ideas here:

15 Fabulous Romantic Getaways from Washington DC

Please share your recommendations and tips for favorite historic hotels and Richmond VA in the comments below. Follow Fun in Fairfax VA on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram for more places to visit and things to do in and Northern Virginia and the Washington DC area.

Thank you and happy travel!

We were guests of The Jefferson and Visit Richmond Tourism provided some of our meals in Richmond. As always, all photos, text, and opinions are our own.

Enjoy 5-star luxury and elegance at The Jefferson hotel in Richmond Virginia, perfect for a romantic getaway to Virginia's hip capital city.

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6 Responses to “The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond VA: Classic Luxury and Romance”

  1. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables January 11, 2019 at 10:27 pm #

    That’s the BEST hotel! We stayed there after our wedding and absolutely loved it. It’s still one of our favorite spots to go for a fancy dinner

    • Fun in Fairfax VA January 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

      What a beautiful place to stay after your wedding. The Jefferson is so luxurious and you feel like you’re stepping into the past. And we agree, Lemaire is perfect for a special occasion dinner. Thanks for your feedback!

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