As part of our continued commitment to enhance our property and service, our historic property is undergoing a multi-million dollar, multi-phase renovation of all of our guest rooms and suites. During your visit, you may experience construction noise during the hours of 9 a.m.— 7 p.m. The complete renovation project is expected to be complete by November 2024. 

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

A Heritage of Hospitality

Built in 1882, the Tudor-style Hotel Roanoke is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center is located in the Gainsboro neighborhood of Roanoke, Virginia.

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center today features 329 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and a 63,000- square-foot, high-tech conference center. It is a joint project of Hotel Roanoke LLC, the City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech. In the beginning, Roanoke was a little town named Big Lick when enterprising railroad magnate Frederick J. Kimball chose it as the site of a railroad juncture and a major city. After Kimball combined two of his railroads into the Norfolk and Western Railroad, he built his vision of a comprehensive community with the Hotel Roanoke as its grand centerpiece. Travelers coming to the city or breaking a tiring rail journey made the Hotel Roanoke their haven.

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.

Preserving & Evolving

Re-opening in April of 1995, Hotel Roanoke carefully preserved the past with touches such as an antique-filled lobby, original Czech-made chandeliers, a restored Regency Room (home of our signature Peanut Soup), Pine Room (formerly an Officers' Club in World War II), and the Palm Court, the original ceiling of which was painted to show the constellations as they appeared in the skies the day the first train came to Roanoke in 1852. Simultaneously, the Hotel Roanoke embraced the future by building a 63,000 square-foot meeting space, featuring state-of-the-art technology and accommodating more than 1,200 people, evolving into the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

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.

VA Green Commitment

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.

The hotel is also a proud partner with Clean the World initiative donating discarded soap and shampoo that are sanitized and re- packaged for distribution. The program is committed to delivering over 3 million bars of life-saving soap for vulnerable communities around the world.

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The Roanoke Rail Cam

Live Feed from The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Overlooking the Norfolk & Southern Railroad Tracks and Roanoke Amtrak Station

The Roanoke Rail Cam provides a visual path to explore, learn and access Roanoke’s rich railroad heritage with connecting to the O.Winston Link Museum, Virginia Transportation Museum, The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center and The Norfolk and Western Historical Society.  From O. Winston Link’s stunning photography displays located in the historic Norfolk & Western Passenger Station and the vintage locomotives exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, to the historic Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center founded and built by the railroad in 1882, The Roanoke Rail Cam is the premier site for remote train watching in Roanoke, Virginia.

 “The live feed is a celebration of Roanoke’s heritage and provides visitors and residents the opportunity to visually see and learn the history and connection of the railroad in the Roanoke Valley,” said Brian Wells, general manager of The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  “I invite everyone to visit, learn and enjoy the bustling railroad that has been an integral part in the history and development of the Roanoke Valley.”

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center also features the Train Lover’s Package with accommodations overlooking the railroad, breakfast for two in the Regency Room, a commemorative history mug and tickets for two to The O. Winston Link Museum and The Virginia Museum of Transportation.