Since 1895, the Jefferson Hotel has hosted at least 13 U.S. presidents, many international dignities, and a multitude of celebrities. This historic AAA Five Diamond award winning hotel is definitely worth visiting and if you wish, staying a night or more.
The lobby of the Jefferson Hotel known as the Palm Court includes a statue of Thomas Jefferson in the middle with beautiful skylight with Tiffany stained glass side panels that were installed in 1907. I recommend taking in the beauty while checking into the hotel or just visiting this histric landmark.
The Grand Staircase
After taking in the lobby, explore the Mezzanine area by going up the Grand Staircase. This 36 marble staircase are a must see. Some even feel that these majestic stairs were the model for the film Gone With The Wind scenes of the Atlanta mansion. Climbing the Grand Staircase leads to the Mezzanine, which have rich tapestry panels and reproductions of fine paintings. The originals can be found at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
The Lamaire is located to the right past the hospitality desk. A farm to table feel with a mix of Southern flare adds to Richmond’s food culture. The Lamaire includes wine list of over 200 offerings that includes several bottle under $30. This makes this restaurant worth considering as part of your experience while visiting Richmond. .