I love hotels! That’s why I’m very excited to give away a free night stay to one of America’s top historic luxury hotels, the Hotel Roanoke in Virginia. Please scroll to the bottom for the giveaway details.
The moment I walked through the large front doors, I was struck by the hotel’s unique mixture of old southern art & architecture with stylish modern décor & furniture. Some places try to do it, but the Hotel Roanoke has succeeded.
True Southern hospitality seems to be a lost art these days, but this hotel staff has definitely been trained by professionals. Smartly dressed bellmen greet you with a smile at the front door, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies welcome every guest at the reception desk!
I was very pleased with the comfort of the beds and the cleanliness and layout of the guest rooms. My family was able to stay in two adjoining suites, and they were both top notch.
My boys also enjoyed the beds!
I happen to really like architecture and interior design, so I was thrilled to see that around every corner was a unique piece of beautifully crafted furniture. It appears that all of the furniture is covered with nice thick upholstery. After a long day, our rooms were a breath of fresh air.
My two-year-old son Joseph was in awe when I pulled his Murphy bed from the wall!
The bathrooms were all spotless and everything was well-stocked and fully functioning.
A goofy shot of me hard at “work”.
I was very impressed by all of the little custom designs that are characteristic of the Hotel Roanoke.
Both of my boys were very comfortable in their beds!
The hotel is just a short walk from the many downtown shops, restaurants, and museums. My family especially loves the nearby Virginia Museum of Transportation and the O. Winston Link museum (famous train photographer of the 1950’s).
You really should take a walk around the hotel to see all of the historical memorabilia and decorations. Shoot, they even have customized Coke Machines!
Most higher-end hotels (like this) haven’t yet introduced free Wi-Fi internet in the rooms ($10/day), but you can get a free wireless connection in the lobby.
This may sound strange, but I really loved the upholstery on these chairs. It shows the quality of The Hotel Roanoke.
You’ll find many quiet lobbies if you need to get some work done. In the back of this photo you can see the doors of one of the many conference rooms. I found it interesting that the hotel has 63,000 square feet of conference rooms/ball rooms. This hotel is also one of the top locations in the area for weddings & wedding receptions. The catering is exceptional! I should know…6 years ago my wife and I had one of our wedding reception here! Click here for photos of Hotel Roanoke weddings.
In addition to the hotel’s catering, it has one of the nicest and oldest restaurants in the Roanoke area. The Regency Room opened in 1938 and has maintained a high standard of culinary excellence. This giveaway includes breakfast for 2 at The Regency Room! Because I love locally grown fresh food, I found this paragraph from the restaurant’s website very appealing:
“The restaurant, under the direction of Executive Chef Billie Raper, features continental cuisine and is open year-round, including holidays. The Regency Room is extensively involved in a shop local, buy local mentality, working with a Floyd County cooperative called Good Food, Good People, which helps business owners to purchase produce from area farmers. The foods are picked to order and delivered within 24 hours. Chef Raper has worked with local growers for more than six years, purchasing mostly locally grown fruits and vegetables and also buys lamb from Border Springs Farm in Patrick County.”
The breakfast and lunch buffets are my favorites because I get to try a wide range of fine cuisine at a fairly reasonable price.
Even the elevators have class!
It turns out that my little boys made it through the night…tough work testing out a nice hotel, huh?
If you have an appreciation for fine craftsmanship, the Hotel Roanoke will feel like a trip to your favorite museum.
If you want to get away from your room and read a good book, you’ll find many quiet fireplaces around the hotel.
You’ve gotta watch for all the small details
If you’re an art lover, you’ll appreciate the hundreds of original art pieces that dot the walls of the hotel. I really love how the art focuses on the culture of the Old South.
Please share your comments below & let me know what you think of the Hotel Roanoke!
This giveaway is for a free night’s stay at The Hotel Roanoke, in Roanoke, Virginia (valued at $189). It also includes breakfast for 2 at the Regency Room. The more entries you complete below, the better your chance of winning!
***UPDATED 4/4/2011 *** Jeni Mitchell claimed her prize, so congrats Jeni!
***UPDATED 4/2/2011 ***And the winner is: Comment #30, Jeni Mitchell! Jeni has 72 hours to contact me with her mailing address, or another winner will be chosen, so everyone should check back again in 72 hours. Note: Comment #30 was randomly chosen by Random.org. Thanks for entering, and check back for my articles & other amazing giveaways!
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***Contest ends April 1st @ 11:59 pm & will be announced right here within 24 hours. Winner must claim their prize by April 4th, or a runner-up will be announced. You must be 18 yrs. old to win.