We love historic hotels and found the Hotel Roanoke very satisfying but not without a few kinks. We were greeted when we arrived by a doorman/valet and there is a bellman to help with luggage if necessary. There are two options for parking: valet or self-parking at an adjacent open parking lot. There is a charge for either one.
Our standard size room was a bit small but not unexpected in older hotels. It was nicely appointed and comfortable. The original windows have been retained, and they are large, allowing plenty of light in the room. We had a good mattress, and there was a reading lamp on each side of the king size bed with bulbs large enough to read by. The only disappointment with the room was the TV. Annually, we stay in 50-75 hotels and this was the most difficult TV to navigate we have encountered. Moreover, they don't subscribe to a PBS channel so we missed Downton Abbey.
Our room faced the restored former railroad station. One of us loves to listen to trains and our room provided that opportunity.
The Regency Room (main dining room) was closed for renovations so we had dinner in the Pine Room, a pub. We had sandwiches and as one reviewer noted the drinks were a bit on the expensive side. The sandwiches were tasty, and we could watch an NBA game while we ate.
Although our waiter didn't tell us, we found out later that we could have ordered from the dinning room menu.
When we checked in, we weren't told by the desk clerk what options we had for dinner nor breakfast. There is a complimentary express breakfast of coffee/tea, juice, pastries and maybe cereals. We choose the buffet and were pleased. Omelets made to order are offered as well as hot and cold cereals, variety of fruit and juices, pastries and breads, and bagels and lox.
The lobby and dinning rooms are spacious and interesting. There are nice displays of memorabilia about the rooms. Delightful features of the hotel include the art deco furnishings.
A short walk from the hotel is the market area with several good restaurants and galleries. Also nearby are museums and the civic center is within walking distance via an urban walking trail.
All of the staff was very welcoming and friendly. We will return.
If available, you can upgrade to a large corner room for a nominal fee but all the corner rooms have...
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