Built in a wheat field on a little hill, the Hotel Roanoke began as a rambling wooden structure of less than three dozen rooms. As the city grew, the railroad consistently provided resources for hotel additions, remodeling and furnishings to maintain the Hotel's reputation for excellence. Even in the Depression year of 1931, the railroad spent $225,000 for a wing with 75 rooms, a 60-car garage and such "modern" amenities as circulating ice water, movable telephones and electric fans. By then the Hotel's "Queen Anne" appearance had evolved into something Tudorean, the finishing touches of which were added in the major alterations of 1937-38, when Hotel Roanoke acquired its distinctive facade and entrance. Added too were new public rooms, most of which today's guests will recognize. The history of the Hotel has been carefully preserved over the years.
In 1989, Norfolk Southern Corporation, direct descendant of Kimball's Norfolk and Western Railroad, concluding that its transportation business meant rail service, not room service, closed the Hotel it had owned and operated for 107 years and gave it to the Virginia Tech Real Estate Foundation. After being closed for four years, in 1993 the Hotel Roanoke began a multi-million dollar restoration and remodeling renovation project, funded by a package of public and private financing in conjunction with the City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech.
Today, the old Hotel Roanoke is the new Hotel Roanoke, restored and remodeled through a multi- million dollar package of public and private financing, including as a palpable gesture of affection for “their” hotel, $7 million in donations and loans from local individuals and companies.
With a new high-tech Conference Center and other contemporary services and amenities, the hotel still retains the gracious flavor of the old Hotel, ready to greet and captivate guests just as it did for more than a century. As the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center moves towards the future we will continue our commitment to excellence and providing a wealth of entertainment, dining, and hospitality options
In addition to railroad travelers and businessmen, out-of-towners in the 19th century came to Hotel Roanoke to enjoy long vacations in mountain air. Since the time of the Hotel's original guests have come Presidents of the United States, governors, millionaires, theater and sports stars, attendees for political and business conventions, and Miss Virginia competitors since 1953. Not as celebrated as these notables, but perhaps more important - since they have always formed the core of the Hotel's business - are countless thousands of Roanokers.
Your Experience Begins Here
Hotel services, restaurants, attractions, daily specials and more! Welcome to The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Experience®! Visit www.HRCCExp.com when on-property and have mobile and direct access to hotel services, location maps, local restaurant and attraction recommendations and the ability to be informed of any specials while on property.
Experience® is accessible via the Internet and has been specifically designed for today's variety of smart phones and their respective browsers and operating systems for easy and quick access.
Simply visit www.HRCCExp.com and enjoy The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Experience®!
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center is committed to supporting sustainable practices, including eco-friendly guest amenities and initiatives, environmentally friendly Virginia green meetings, conferences and events in our facility. Hosting Virginia Green events are not only good for the Earth, but they're great for business.
As a Virginia Green Lodging property since 2005, we are aggressively working to limit our impact on the environment as much as possible. Our team will work diligently to guarantee your meeting is as environmentally conscious as possible and we will work with you to ensure all your needs are met and satisfied.
Tesla Charging Stations
Destination convenient charging at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center! The historic property proudly partners with Tesla and GE to make charging when you arrive as simple as charging at home. Pull up to Valet and you will be conveniently serviced while you shop, dine, or for an overnight visit in Virginia's Blue Ridge!
2 Tesla Connectors and 1 GE Connector available.
Available to the public. Please see valet attendant at the front of the hotel.
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