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Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke

1526 Franklin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24016-5207
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 02/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Roanoke
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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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Breakfast in the room
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
First aid kit
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Air conditioning
Separate dining area
Wardrobe / closet
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Cheryl R wrote a review Jan 2020
Chesterfield, Missouri4 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke
Responded Jan 23, 2020
So glad you were able to spend a night with us and thankful for your gracious comments!
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dew2020 wrote a review Jan 2020
Stuarts Draft, Virginia1 contribution
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.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke
Responded Jan 10, 2020
So glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for your kind comments, and hope to see you later this year!
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travelinggirl1988 wrote a review Jan 2020
Catonsville, Maryland18 contributions5 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke
Responded Jan 5, 2020
We appreciate your review, and hope to see you again in the future.
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Johnny H wrote a review Nov 2019
6 contributions
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 !!!
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Date of stay: November 2019
Room Tip: Can't beat this B&B!
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Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke
Responded Nov 24, 2019
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you sometime again!
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Prehistoric wrote a review Nov 2019
London89 contributions73 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Chris-Jayne-A, Owner at Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke
Responded Nov 8, 2019
We very much appreciate this review, and wish you'd had the opportunity to stay longer. Have a safe trip home!
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$158 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke
Which popular attractions are close to Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke?
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 - Roanoke?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mission Bbq, The River and Rail, and Evie's Bistro and Bakery.
Is Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke 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 - Roanoke?
Many travelers enjoy visiting St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church (1.4 miles).
Does Black Lantern Inn - Roanoke have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.