In many ways this is a classic Holiday Inn—old, dark, and faded—but the management and staff have tried to make the best of it. The rooms are reasonably modern and the beds are comfortable (at least if you get the "executive" rooms with pillowtop beds—I can't speak for the regular ones). It's not luxurious by any means, but it gets the job done. The rooms have a heating/cooling unit by the window that is pretty loud, and I couldn't figure out how to get the fan to run continuously (but I didn't try too hard).
The hotel is basically a big square around a courtyard. It is two floors, and there is no elevator, which is fine if you're on the first floor, less so otherwise. The outdoor pool is big, although it was too cold when we were there (late July). The indoor pool is on the small side, but it was nice and warm.
The Latitudes restaurant is basically some tables in a windowless section of a ballroom. Breakfast was pretty bad as hotel breakfasts go. Attitudes is the other restaurant. We didn't eat there but did get room service once, which was also bad (really thick dressing on the salad, big, tasteless fries, etc.).
The service is very friendly but not terribly efficient; for example, one day our room was cleaned but they forgot to take out the garbage.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover all that Blacksburg has to offer at the 100% smoke-free, convenient, comfortable Holiday Inn University. You are at the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, shopping, dining, entertainment and the arts. You are within easy walking distance to Virginia Tech. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn University-Blacksburg Hotel Blacksburg
- Holiday Inn Blacksburg
- Blacksburg Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn University-Blacksburg Virginia