Stayed here for a combined business meeting / team celebration in downtown Roanoke.This was my first time in Roanoke and I was pleasantly surprised at the quaint city market area and history that hits you immediately upon seeing this hotel.
The hotel definitely has a quint-essential southern historic charm to it. Myself and my colleagues (arriving at different times) all reacted the same way ("this is cool") upon entering the hotel. Suggest dropping your car off with the valet, enjoying a drink on the outside terrace (weather permitting) or at the pub inside, enjoying some of the historic artifacts in the hotel (from the art work within the public areas to some of the historic touches in the rooms), and hitting the city market area just a few blocks away across the cat walk over the railroad tracks.
I will say the rooms are a bit tired, the elevators are small and slow, and with the "oldness" of the hotel, you may have some extra noise at times (walls are thin) and some very minor inconveniences. Chalk it up to the historical vibe of the hotel and enjoy it all.
In summary, if you're used to modern hotels that cater to the business professional this hotel will seem a bit dated... but if you are open to the history, can tolerate the very minor issues, and view this more than just a place to sleep for the next meeting... you will enjoy the hotel and the experience surrounding it.