I stayed at the Hotel Roanoke for a conference from Nov 7-9, 2008. The hotel has clearly recently undergone physical renovations and updating and it's lovely. The staff, however, and location propelled the beautiful hotel to my overall rating of Excellent.
From check-in to check-out, front desk, valet & restaurant staff were very attentive and helpful. The food was excellent. The rooms were comfortable and well-cleaned. The hotel is large and even with the additions and renovations maintains its more historic charm. You can easily access downtown Roanoke, the city market, Taubman museum of art & lots of good restaurants via a clean, enclosed pedestrian bridge in front of the hotel.
I hope to return with my family in tow.