As a born and raised Richmonder, I feel it is my civic duty to introduce you to The Jefferson Hotel located in downtown Richmond, Va. The historic hotel dates back to its first guests in 1895 and offers timeless architecture, fabulous dining, and an atmosphere that will not soon be forgotten. Not to mention, I absolutely LOVE everything about it!
The Jefferson Hotel is more than just a historic beauty – it is a building filled with so much history and Richmond tradition that it would be an absolute crime not to visit it while in town. As luxurious and timeless as the atmosphere is, it is the dining that truly ropes me in! The hotel hosts one of my favorite Richmond restaurants – Lemaire.
Lemaire is located inside of the hotel and offers a unique American cuisine that is influenced by Richmond’s very own food culture. It is a great place to celebrate special occasions or to grab beverages from their classic bar , which offers hand-crafted cocktails and a large list of wines.
Lemaire is not the only dining option offered at The Jefferson Hotel. In fact, Sunday Champagne Brunch and Afternoon Tea are two very sought-after experiences among guests and Richmonders alike. The Sunday Champagne Brunch, a popular setting for a birthday or bridal party celebration provides all the right brunch dishes to accompany your champagne toast, whereas, the timeless Afternoon Tea offers delicious pastries and scones – the perfect dose of southern charm.
Although The Jefferson Hotel is beautiful year-round, it is the holiday season when the hotel is truly the most breathtaking . To some, it is even magical. The hotel is known for its beautiful holiday decorations and grand 25-foot-tall Christmas tree. It is a tradition of many Richmond families to visit the hotel during the holiday season and attend the annual Christmas tree lighting.
One Last Thing…
Did you know The Jefferson Hotel was designed by Carriere and Hastings and was the dream and vision of Lewis Ginter, a New York native and business man? It opened October 31, 1895 and has hosted many distinguished guests over the years. Numerous United States presidents have stayed at the hotel including Reagan, Harrison, Obama, Clinton, and both Bushes – to name a few. Musicians such as Elvis Presley and Frank Senatra have stayed at the hotel, as well as the actors Robin Williams and John Denver. The hotel has even hosted several guests of royalty. So without further ado, let me say – The Jefferson Hotel is a Richmond landmark that should not be over looked when visiting the area. If you have the opportunity – be sure to stay a night in this historic paradise and explore its fascinating history. When there, inquire about the alligators and snap a photo with Old Pompey that greats you on your arrival.