I'm a local and had to stay here for a few nights as a result of our power going down from a big storm in the area, but it's not my first stay. We stayed here once before (our wedding night about 5 years ago) and frankly my opinion of the place has not changed. Although I'm sure Hotel Roanoke has lovely uber-expensive rooms, their standard King rooms are nothing to write home about. Don't get me wrong, they're decent, but as my headline suggests, they just don't live up to the price or reputation. Nice, clean room with a comfortable bed, but nothing spectacular.
The other thing I absolutely cannot stand about Hotel Roanoke is that they nickel-and-dime you for EVERYTHING. Parking? Extra. Breakfast? Extra. Need a mini fridge? Oh that'll be another $10 a night please. You want true high-speed internet? Fork over another $9.95 a day. Need a hair dryer? Well I hoped you packed one cause they don't have 'em! It is absolutey ABSURD!! Run-down motels offer these basic ammenities for free so why can't the prestigious Hotel Roanoke do the same? Speaking of run-down motels--our shower had black mildew growing in the grout lines of the tile. Seriously, Hotel Roanoke?!? By far the biggest scam going in the city. Wish I had the opportunity to try out one of their luxury rooms and could afford their breakfast, but if you're looking for just a decent place to crash, stay elsewhere and save yourself some money.
I really hoped that this unexpected stay was going to be better than our first (particularly given the circumstances), but unfortunately that wasn't the case. This Roanoke resident won't be back any time soon and I plan to revoke my recommendation to stay here when family comes in from out-of-town to visit.