This is southern charm at its absolute finest. The Jefferson (which refers to Thomas Jefferson, not his rebellious namesake, Jefferson Davis) is the grand old hotel of Richmond, and it works hard to live up to that reputation. The hotel building itself is truly impressive, beautifully restored and maintained, and with an atrium that is absolutely awe inspiring. Our room was well appointed and spacious, the only disappointment being the absence of any kind of a view.
We put the staff to the test in the first hour after arriving, with a lost piece of important luggage and an emergency laundry item, and they were highly responsive, sympathetic and unflappable. The hotel also provides a transport service to places around town, which is convenient and of course saves money on taxis. This was made even more useful by a knowledgeable concierge who could advise on all the interesting places around town, whether Civil War related or not. And we also made use of the swimming pool, which was long enough to do laps in, an unusual luxury in most hotels.
It's hard to believe that the local government intended to pull down the hotel in the 1980s. What an absolute tragedy that would have been.
The hotel is located on the edge of a very pleasant residential district. We didn’t find anywhere local to eat, but there are many nice places in the town itself which the hotel bus ferried us to and from.
Definitely one of the nicest places we’ve ever stayed – really charming and beautiful. The complimentary coffee available in the lobby from early morning was greatly appreciated by these early risers, too - a really thoughtful touch.
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- 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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