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“Star City Service” 5 of 5 stars
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521 Washington Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Roanoke B&B and Inns
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“Star City Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

For people looking at a bed and breakfast to stay at, one of their biggest criteria is service. Wendy Blair, the owner of Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast, has made this one of her priorities. She told my husband and me that she emphasizes “bed” and “breakfast” at her century-old home. This is very evident by the bed sheets in our room. Wendy starches the sheets and adds a lavender scent to them. It made for a pleasant and sound night’s sleep for us. Her breakfast is fancier than many bed and breakfasts’ fare.
The three-story house that was built at the turn of the twentieth century is in a quiet historic neighborhood and sits across the street from Highland Park – a 33 acre oasis that includes a dog park. With a nice front porch that has comfortable chairs, one can sip their wine while looking at the lush green in front of them. The day we were there, it rained, but the sun came out just before sunset, warmly illuminating the taller trees in the park. In the morning, my husband rocked away for hours in one of the porch’s chairs, reading his Longmire novel.
Wendy has done a very nice job of restoring the house that was in neglect when she purchased it. The floors have been refinished and the stairs are immaculate with her stenciling that accentuates each step. Her living room is for everyone to use. There is a television that can be watched, but we were here for relaxation. We just loved her library! Wendy had book cases made that envelope the room. One has a choice of hundreds of books to read. If you do not finish the book, you can take it with you as long as you mail it back to her. There are lots of DVDs in the library in case you want to watch a movie in the living room. The attention to details was evident from painting the old gas lines that were originally used for lighting the home to the black and white striped curtains. Wendy told us that she had to look in Europe for the material as it could not be found anywhere in the United States. We found her choice of material to be very soothing to the eyes.
We booked the Garbo room as it is the only room that has an Ensuite bathroom. The other two rooms have designated bathrooms, but one has to walk in the hallway to get to the designated bathroom. The room has a very comfortable bed. There is an armoire to hang up your clothes. We were very impressed by the bathroom that appears to be as big as our room. This is no exaggeration. It is well designed for couples as there are two sinks. The sinks are 90 degrees from each other, giving each person a lot of elbow room. A claw foot tub is in the bathroom in case you want to soak for a relaxing time. The tub has a shower in case you want to do that instead.
Service at the Rose Hill Bed and Breakfast is impeccable. Wendy is very friendly and wants to make sure you have a great stay. It starts with being warmly greeted at the door, and being shown around. She offers you tea and cookies in the late-afternoon to tie you over until dinner time. We had a great time talking to Wendy during our stay. The conversations were stimulating and we felt like we were with family.
One has a window of time to have their three-course breakfast: 7:30am to 9:30am. Wendy’s breakfasts are very filling as we started off with eight choices of juice, pumpkin muffins, a delicious cooked apple, and southern California breakfast of egg and bacon tortillas. You will be thrilled to know that Wendy will cook your breakfast according to your dietary needs. This means that whatever the restrictions are, Wendy will make a meal that you can eat and enjoy. During our stay, there was guest that was a Vegan and could not eat any gluten, soy and corn. Despite the restrictions, Wendy was able to accommodate the woman’s needs.
If you want great service in a historic home, look no further in Roanoke. Wendy will make sure you have a great time at her home and in the Star City of the South.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Wedmore, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Our family holiday from the UK took us to New York then Washington and onto to Roanoke via the Shenandoah National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. We were so enjoying the mountain views and wildlife we arrived later than planned at Rose Hill but this did not worry Wendy as we were greeted warmly and shown to the kitchen where a huge plate of homemade cookies was ready. We stayed in the Garbo room, beautifully designed and so comfortable and our boys shared the big bed complete with steps in the Peacock room which they found amusing. The bathrooms were quite amazing. Iced water and chocolate cakes awaited us here. A movie or two and popcorn was offered along with books from the library even though by then it was getting late. Having slept very well we ventured downstairs carefully on the beautifully polished wooden floors to the dining room for our breakfast to find it laid as if we were royalty. We then preceded to enjoy an 3 course gourmet breakfast consisting of foods we had never thought of for breakfast and really enjoying them. My son loved the tea selection and enjoyed several different cups. We wanted to enjoy the veranda and the park opposite but we had to hit the road as had many more places to visit before flying home from Miami. We loved Rose Hill and will remember it well and may be back again some day. We also loved America and the hospitality we received everywhere we went.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Bexley, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

My husband and I just spent three nights at Rose Hill B&B while visiting friends in Roanoke. The house is lovely and well-kept with comfortable beds, a well-stocked library and the shiniest wooden floors I've ever seen. Wendy, the proprietor, is friendly and informative as well as a creative cook. She accommodated our various dietary needs with delicious success (my husband is a vegan, and I can't eat chocolate or dairy and must limit wheat, almonds and soy). The location isn't far from downtown yet was surprisingly quiet. It's across from a city park which allowed for walks when desired. On-street parking was convenient. Many small amenities. We enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: We were in the Garbo Room. It was quiet. The ensuite bathroom is very large and has twin sinks.
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Potomac Falls, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We spent one night at this lovely B&B in a historic home in Roanoke and were treated to some gracious Southern hospitality by Wendy, the owner. The rooms are charmingly decorated - we stayed in the Garbo room, which has an ensuite bathroom with a great clawfoot bath tub. There were delicious cookies and brownie bites when we arrived and Wendy left a jug of ice water and some toffee treats for us in the evening. Breakfast was served at a beautifully set dining room table. Wendy graciously accommodated our dietary needs and adjusted our breakfast. Her corn muffins are the best I've ever tasted. We've stayed at many B&Bs in Virginia and this one is truly a great value by price alone.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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memphis area
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying one night at Rose Hill on a trip to Roanoke. This was our first time in a bed and breakfast, and it was a nice change of pace from a hotel.

Wendy was delightful, and we truly enjoyed talking with her. She is an exquisite cook--the breakfast was huge and melted in your mouth. You would probably pay at least $35 per person for such a lavish breakfast if you were at a restaurant. Wendy is very accommodating to dietary restrictions, including gluten-free and vegan options. We also enjoyed talking with the other guests at breakfast.

The house is in an historic neighborhood with a park across the street. We did not have time to enjoy the park, but we did see others taking advantage of it. There was free street parking directly in front of the house.

Our bed was very comfortable with luxurious sheets--what a treat! We reserved the room with a private bath, which included clawfoot tub and shower. Everything was prepared to perfection and looked so nice that we were almost afraid to touch!

Wendy knows a lot about the area, so don't hesitate to ask her for recommendations on restaurants and activities.

Room Tip: The Garbo room has a large, private bath. However, all the rooms looked lovely.
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

So many fabulous things: beautifully decorated rooms, spacious bathrooms, comfortable beds with luxurious linens, delicious chocolate treats at bedtime and the most phenomenal breakfast ever-served with real china and silver!! Wendy is absolutely amazing! She is friendly, easy-going, and her hospitality is second to none! Attentive to our every need, Wendy readily provided directions to our destination, and suggestions of things to do. We were in town for a concert, and only there for one night, but I loved Rose Hill so much that I am definitely coming back for a whole weekend! Though it is conveniently located close to downtown, there is no traffic noise, and it is very quiet and peaceful. My favorite amenity is the front porch, inviting you to sit or swing and relax!! I simply cannot wait to return!

Room Tip: Garden Room is beautiful, and the private bathroom just a few steps down the hall is furnished with...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We are losing track, but we think this is about our tenth or eleventh visit to Rose Hill, so we are definitely not objective. Just to add a few tips.

Be sure and "do the math." When you factor in the huge breakfast, the midafternoon tea and snacks, and the bedtime sweet, the price is truly a bargain. We LOVE the Peacock Room (even though it is the least expensive room).

As noted by other reviewers, Wendy does a great job at filling you on local details. If you are a "private," non-chatty type, she will respect your space.

We love the fact that she asks what time you want breakfast. She has catered to business folks traveling, as well as folks like us who are there to sightsee.

The porch is a GREAT amenity. You have all the benefits of being literally steps away from downtown Roanoke, yet a very peaceful setting across the street from the park. We were there for three nights this week, and what a glorious time to visit Roanoke.

Finally - our visits to Rose Hill actually helped "sell" us on Roanoke as a place to relocate, and in two months time we will be residents. But we still hope to saunter over to Rose Hill occasionally for a little stay-cation!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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: 521 Washington Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
Location: United States > Virginia > Roanoke
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Roanoke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rose Hill Bed & Breakfast is nestled in the Old Southwest Historic district and directly across the street from 32-acre Highland Park. Located in a large, historic home, the B & B is just 1.2 miles from downtown with easy access to Route 581. You will enjoy the scenic views yet appreciate the convenient location. Delight in the cozy accommodations, three-course gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea, and homemade chocolate in your room each night. If you are in Roanoke for business, pleasure, touring the local Virginia colleges or soaking up local color, Rose Hill welcomes you! ... more   less 
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