A couple of weekends ago, Katie and I drove to Richmond for a weekend at The Jefferson Hotel. They invited us down to experience their newly renovated property, and spoiler: the hotel completely lives up to the hype it consistently receives.
While newly renovated, The Jefferson maintains the historic charm that gives it a luxurious, elegant feel. The property was built in 1895 and the many of the original architectural elements, including the stained glass windows, columns, and gilded details, have been preserved. The lobby is beautiful (I couldn’t stop looking up at the ceiling), the rooms are extremely large (ours was a grand premier room and was nearly the size of my apartment), and the service is the cherry on top. It’s really everything you’d want and expect for a weekend getaway.
I love a good hotel lobby, and this one is one of the best. Richmond isn’t always known to be a big vacation destination but if the city’s burgeoning food scene isn’t enough to sell you on a trip (details on what we did in a post next week), a couple relaxing nights here should seal the deal. Even if you can’t make it for the night, definitely plan to stop by to check out the lobby, the restaurant + bar–Lemaire, and/or the Sunday Brunch (more on this below).
One thing worth noting is that The Jefferson doesn’t have a resort fee, meaning the complimentary newspaper, water bottles, and internet are already included in the cost of your room. It’s a nice little perk that doesn’t exist at most luxury properties, who often try to nickel and dime you for any “extras.” Also, a fun bit of history: a bunch of alligators used to live in the hotel’s lobby fountain–the last died in 1948. There are sweet references to this part of of the property’s past, like with the fountain below, a statue near the entrance, and they’re even incorporated into the drawer pulls on the nightstands.
A unique, practical detail: the room keys come in this little book containing tidbits about the hotel and the area–it includes a small map, hotel dining, and important phone numbers.
Our room was unbelievably comfortable…like I said, it was nearly the size of my entire apartment and Katie and I were more than fine sharing a king bed and taking advantage of the double sinks in the bathroom. There was additional seating in the form of a comfy lounge chair and desk + vanity combination in a large hallway leading to the bathroom. The hotel has 15 suites and given how our premier room had its own entryway (pictured above), I can’t even imagine how luxuriously extravagant the actual suites must feel. Each room also comes with turndown service and a cozy robe + slippers…I may or may not be wearing the slippers right now.
As an aside: total chandelier goals here. We’re in the market for one and I couldn’t help but wonder if this one could be sourced!
Speaking of the property upgrades, the bathrooms have TVs built into the mirror…straight up luxury and such a nice treat, since I’m guessing most of us don’t have one of those at home :) As you can see, the bathroom looks totally clean and modern, yet still contains some of those classic elements (traditional marble and faucets, as well as the art choice) that integrate the updates with the hotel’s existing charm. The toiletries are also Molton Brown, which is one of my favorite luxury bath and body brands.
Before heading back to DC on Sunday, we were treated to The Jefferson’s famous Sunday Champagne Brunch, which is a Richmond tradition. My photos aren’t going to do it justice–the Rotunda lobby (a level below the main Palm Court lobby), is transformed into the dreamiest buffet. I’ve had a lot of brunches, and this one is definitely in my top five. Highlights included their twist on eggs benedict (it includes a biscuit, and the hollandaise is unbelievably delicious…I broke the big buffet rule and actually went back for seconds of this), mini waffle bar, and entire table of desserts.
If you can’t tell, I’d highly recommend The Jefferson if you’re staying in Richmond. While it can be a bit of a splurge, you truly do get what you pay for–I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels, and this ranks up there as one of my all-time favorites. If you aren’t planning a stay, definitely try to check out the bar, do the afternoon tea, feast at brunch, or at least spend some time exploring the beautiful Palm Court lobby!
A huge thank you to The Jefferson Hotel for having us, and to Visit Richmond for their hospitality. As always, all opinions are my own!