My wife and I drove to Richmond specifically to go to the Jefferson afternoon tea last Friday and spend a night at the hotel. Needless to say, our expectations were high. They were fulfilled!
The afternoon tea was wonderful. While we both had favorites, neither of us found anything that was less than excellent. Laura, our server, was magnificent going out of her way to make us feel welcome. We have had tea in some of the best hotels around the world and this ranked up there. Most surprising of all was the price. It was perhaps the best value we have encountered. In fact, we found the same to be true for all of the meals and drinks we had around the hotel, even the late night champagne we slipped down for (Another guilty pleasure.) Per other reviews, the Grits are really good!
The hotel itself was gorgeous and well preserved. The staff was incredibly friendly across the board. Even as we were walking in the door we were greeted like we were returning regulars. The room was as expected, not new but well maintained and luxurious. (Loved the shower ... came home and ordered a similar shower head). Pricey but not overly so for this type of hotel. I got a decent discount of the web site itself. The online planning tool was great (once you figured out where the submit button was) and generated a very quick reply. Another example of great service, the young woman doing turndown service was great, interrupting her routine to go get hypo-allergenic pillows (which I had forgotten to request!).
Two minor points. There was no shoe horn in the room, an odd omission. Us older types rely on those sorts of aids. :) Second, coordination between the afternoon tea and check in was a bit of a pain. Most sittings are before check in time and getting a confirmation ahead of time of early check in so we could freshen up first was difficult. Worked out though!
Overall, highly recommended. We will probably be back.
- Also Known As:
- Jefferson Hotel Richmond
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1895, The Jefferson Hotel has been recognized for its genuinely friendly service, luxurious guestrooms, breathtaking architecture and elegant decor. Guests of The Jefferson enjoy two award-winning restaurants, 24-hour room service, a complimentary on-site health facility,indoor swimming pool, and complimentary wireless internet access and local calls. Located in the heart of downtown, all of the city's most popular destinations can be reached using the hotel's complimentary transportation. ... more less
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