We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
1526 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24016-5207
E-mail hotel
Update from hotel: This property is temporarily closed until 06/29/2020.
Prices are the average nightly price provided by our partners and may not include all taxes and fees. Taxes and fees that are shown are estimates only. Please see our partners for more details.
Traveler (40)
Room & Suite (16)
Videos (1)
Certificate of Excellence


#1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Roanoke
Certificate of Excellence
The Black Lantern Inn has charming and unique rooms with modern amenities, luxurious bedding, a welcoming atmosphere, impeccable baths and delicious breakfasts. The gracious hospitality and attention to details make a stay at our urban Inn an experience found in distinctive bed and breakfast accommodations. We are conveniently located one mile from downtown, and walking distance from two popular restaurants. The Mill Mountain Star can be viewed from our 2nd story covered patio as well as from our backyard fire pit. Enjoy a walk or run on the nearby Roanoke River Greenway. We are Certified Virginia Green, and proudly serve organic and locally sourced products as available. We are actively involved in the community and excited to share all that Roanoke has to offer with our guests.
Read more
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Hidden Gem
248Reviews0Q+A58Room tips
Traveler rating
  • 243
  • 5
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Time of year
Traveler type
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
My husband and I were on a Blue Ridge Parkway trip. I used Trip Advisor to find all of our accommodations. The Black Lantern was rated very high, but I still tend to worry. It exceeded our expectations!! It was a beautiful place and Chris & Jayne were awesome Innkeepers!! Chris greeted us outside as we were walking in and Jax, their little dog, greeted us inside. Chris was so knowledgeable about all the history and places to go in the area, including restaurants. My husband and I had such a great time walking the area around the B & B, on our way to a restaurant he had recommended. A lot of beautiful old homes. The restaurant was a burger place and it was as delicious as Chris said it was going to be. When you look out from the back of the Inn, there is a huge star on the top of a hill. Chris had told us all about the history of the Star. We still had about an hour before it got dark, so we drove up there to check it out. It was worth the short drive. It is not only the Star, but it has a beautiful park surrounding the Star. We headed back to the Inn and played a game outside on the porch on the second floor which was right outside our room. It was a beautiful night and we could see the big beautiful Star, all lit up. The rooms are all beautiful! Chris and Jayne greeted and talked to us all at breakfast the next morning. This particular morning they had a continental breakfast which was delicious!! We did not walk away hungry. We had a wonderful stay! I would highly recommend it. If we travel that way again, we will definitely stay there.
Read more
Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn
Responded Jan 22, 2020
So glad you were able to spend a night with us and thankful for your gracious comments!
Read more
We enjoyed our stay, the Inn Keepers were very friendly and helped us locate places to see and eat. The 3rd floor room was Very Comfortable, it was like a small apartment. The back porch with the view of Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain is spectacular. We enjoyed a very nice breakfast and enjoyed talking with the other guest and inn keepers. Look forward to returning this summer for another stay.
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn
Responded Jan 9, 2020
So glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for your kind comments, and hope to see you later this year!
Read more
The Inn can over be described as warm and inviting reflective of its hosts, Jayne and Chris. Our room was luxurious though very comfortable , a perfect place to relax, read a book, drink a glass of wine or beer or just nap. Breakfast was delicious accompanied by great conversations with Jayne and Chris. It was the last night of our vacation heading home and we wish we had more time. We definitely will return to the black Lantern Inn
Read more
Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn
Responded Jan 4, 2020
We appreciate your review, and hope to see you again in the future.
Read more
This B&B was awesome exceeded our expectations on our second anniversary trip week! Chris, Jayne and Jax (the sweet and happy poodle) were so nice to meet and eat breakfast with! The room was VERY nice and TOP NOTCH detail. The breakfast was VERY VERY GOOD! If you want a EXTREMELY NICE place to stay for one or more nights, you will not go wrong staying here. Thank you Chris, Jayne and Jax for a VERY enjoyable stay, DELUXE++ accommodations and super delicious breakfast !!!
Read more
Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn
Responded Nov 23, 2019
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you sometime again!
Read more
We spent (sadly only) one night at the Black Lantern. We loved it! A special mention for the upstairs deck with heater where we enjoyed a glass of wine chatting to our host Chris. Our room was comfortable (great bed!) and there was a mini kitchen with everything we needed plus milk when we asked for it to put in our (British tea). The welcome was warm, hospitable and really welcoming. BLI is well situated and walking distance from the town. Chris and Jayne gave us a local dinner recommendation that was spot on! Really good food at Evie’s Bistro & Bakery - and a homely crowd - again we were made to feel really welcome. So far, despite stiff competition, the BLI was really my favourite place to stay in the region. Breakfast was sublime with maple cream and fruit to start (indescribably delicious) followed by pumpkin flour pancakes with bacon & sausage with pecan syrup and maple syrup. And Jacky, the tiny toy poodle was an absolute delight - what a well-trained dog and so sweet. L We really, really enjoyed staying there - the quality of the conversation was as good as the accommodation! Thoughtful & interesting. Ask to see the photos of the development of the inn itself- again, a fascinating and uplifting story! Many thanks to Chris and Jayne - that was special!
Read more
Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn
Responded Nov 7, 2019
We very much appreciate this review, and wish you'd had the opportunity to stay longer. Have a safe trip home!
Read more
$158 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesVirginiaRoanoke
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed and, for featured or sponsored sort orders, partners’ payments may also influence the order of the accommodations listed.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Black Lantern Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Black Lantern Inn?
Nearby attractions include Elmwood Park (0.7 miles), The River Rock (0.6 miles), and St. John's Episcopal Church (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Black Lantern Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Black Lantern Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Black Lantern Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Black Lantern Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mission Bbq, The River and Rail, and Evie's Bistro and Bakery.
Is Black Lantern Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Roanoke.
Are there any historical sites close to Black Lantern Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church (1.4 miles).