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Black Lantern Inn
1526 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24016   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Roanoke B&B and Inns
Newbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“great stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Had a very good stay at this inn as part of a holiday in New York and Virginia.
Room very good, was a little warm the first night but soon rectified by Ron. Breakfast excellent, really set us up for the day. Claire and Ron were excellent hosts, going out of their way to welcome us and assist in any way they could. Several very amusing conversations about US v UK (we're from the 'old country') language and customs including cricket, the unfathomable game called baseball, Shakespeare etc
The renovation carried out by Ron and Claire is first class, finishings, furniture etc of the highest standard.
Peter s

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Some Inns pay their way to a good rating. These folks EARN it! Selecting Black Lantern Inn as a last minute stay was the best luck I've ever encountered. Having stayed at many B&B's over the years, I was just a little blown away at the owner's thoughtfulness to any detail one could wish for. Claire & Ron KNOW how to operate a true B&B! From the outstanding breakfast to the every guest comfort one could imagine, Very delighted with the Tiger's Eye room & private bath with hydro spa tub. The linens & bedding were top notch! The full guest kitchen was complete with honor bar & gallon jugs of fresh milk for those fantastic plates of cookies they leave for you. I took full advantage of it. :-) So impressed with the house itself. Lovely lovely decor. Had the best fun in the downstairs living area with a music library that was serious for any music lover. Found myself being very entertained by Ron's knowledge of great music & all things Chicago & Da Bears. Too fun! What wonderful hosts these folks are. If you find yourself in Roanoke, skip the usual hotels & treat yourself to a true southern hospitality retreat. Wish I could have stayed a week! I will go back when next in the area. Did I mention, the great views? Yeah, sitting on the upstairs covered area with a glass of wine..... Heaven. Two words people, BOOK IT!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We spent a great time with Ron in his beautiful home. He was happy to sit and talk for as long as we wished and he made us feel like family guests. The breakfast was first class. We could not have asked for more.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

My wife and I have traveled across the U.S. preferring to stay in B&Bs. The Black Lantern Inn outshines any that we have visited! The Inn has all the charm of the historical district and everything about it is immaculate. From the attention to detail to the splash of contemporary, every room was perfect and I stood amazed. The bed in the Venetian room was plush and comfortable (we brought our own pillows from home but never used them). Combine that with the delicious food, the best coffee and especially the hospitality and conversations with hosts Ron and Claire and we had all the ingredients for a perfect anniversary weekend getaway. We came to the area for a local wine festival. And, although the wine festival was fun, it may soon be forgotten. But, we won't be forgetting the great experience staying at the Black Lantern Inn.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at the Black Lantern Inn in Roanoke ,VA on September 2, 2012. We stayed in the Tiger's Eye room which was spacious and beautifully decorated. Our bathroom was immaculate with a nice jetted tub. The guest kitchen was right outside our room. Since we had packed food into coolers, it was wonderful to be able to put our food and ice packs in the refrigerator. The morning breakfast was quite elegant.

After arriving at the Inn after a full day of driving,my husband and I wanted to take a long walk. Ron, the owner of the inn graciously directed us to the Greenway which is a wonderful area to walk. Ron also supplied us with area maps and restaurant recommendations. The Roanoke downtown area is close by with many restaurants and shops.

The Black Lantern Inn was a perfect stop for us. It is approximately half way between Nashville and Philadelphia and close to the highway.

I would highly recommend that you stay at this Bed and breakfast. It is just lovely.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bridgewater, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

This is or second weekend stay here...need I say more? Ron and Claire are great hosts, the room was superb, the food unbelievable and all else was terrific too. Great experience and we highly recommend it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

I just spent two nights in the Black Lantern Inn with my wife. We just wanted a quick get-away, and made our reservations at the last minute. We got lucky. It was one of the best places I have ever stayed. The room was spotless and comfortable. The host was friendly and outgoing, but not to the point of being creepy or intrusive, which is a problem sometimes at a B&B. For those of you that want a little extra privacy, book the Skyline room. It is on a floor by itself, and event has it's own dining area so you can eat your breakfast alone if you want. And about breakfast, it was great. It tasted good and there was plenty of it. What a way to start the day.

One word of caution - Listen when they tell you how to get to the inn. Their parking is in the back, and you have to drive through an alley to get to it. Now, if you live someplace like Richmond that has parking in alleys, you know it kind be scary. Not the case here. Their lot is clearly separated from the alley, it is well lit at night, and there is plenty of room for all of their guests to park. The alley itself is a bit of a mess. The city has been doing some work to it, and they have not finished yet. But do not let it deter you. It may be a little bumpy, and your car may get a little dirty, but it is perfectly safe, even for my sedan, and this inn is well worth the trip.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1526 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Location: United States > Virginia > Roanoke
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Roanoke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Lantern Inn has charming and unique rooms with incredibly luxurious bedding, welcoming lounging areas, impeccable baths and great breakfasts.The hospitality and luxury amenities make a stay at our Inn an experience of warm ambiance found in distinctive bed and breakfast accommodations. ... more   less 

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