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“It doesn't get any better than this” 5 of 5 stars
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1526 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24016   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Roanoke B&B and Inns
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“It doesn't get any better than this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I just returned home from the Black Lantern Inn. Where to start? The house itself is amazing. I loved looking at the before and after photos. As stated in some other reviews, the renovation was detailed and every space within the Inn is both beautiful and comfortable. Then on top of the space is Ron. He claims to have just started cooking when he opened the Black Lantern. Can that really be believed?? The breakfasts were delicious - I've never had better pancakes and french toast. Everything was prepared fresh and at whatever time I desired. There is more than one space to eat breakfast, but I enjoyed the dining room facing into the kitchen. I felt right at home chatting with Ron as he was preparing the food. Definitely will be back to the Black Lantern if I return to Roanoke.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Scotia NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We stayed here on a trip to take in the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway; the Inn is exceedingly convenient for easy-on easy-off from the Blue Ridge. Our host Ron was very accommodating and obviously very proud of the wonderful restoration work he has undertaken on this beautiful old house. It is a pleasant walking neighborhood, and Ron directed us to a delightful restaurant just a short walk away. Every detail has been considered, and Ron's fresh cookies and gorgeous breakfast were a delight.
The room was sumptuously furnished with a very large comfortable bed. Proximity to I-581 is a little close, but that makes access from the highway convenient.
We would happily stay there again!

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the highway if available, although noise was not excessive and did not intr...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We spent two nights at the Black Lantern Inn and loved it. The restoration work Ron did on the Inn has made it exquisite and welcoming. Everything was great: Ron's gracious greeting and help with everything from what to see and do to where to eat or jog, delicious chocolate chip cookies in the evening, spectacular breakfasts, beautiful room (The Venetian), very comfortable bed, lovely bathroom with jetted tub, fresh flowers in our room and at breakfast. We're sorry we don't have more occasions for traveling through Roanoke!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Danville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

The only negative I could possibly come up with is that it's kinda tricky to find. BUT beautiful place -- Ron redid it himself. Looks brand new inside. Spacious rooms and bathrooms. Wi-Fi. Flat screen tv's, super breakfast whenever we wanted.
Reasonable price for what you get. Don't think you could possibly go wrong with these guys.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My two nights at Black Lantern Inn, May 3-4, were most pleasant. The bed part of the B&B was lovely -- very comfortable! And the breakfast part, wow! On the first morning Ron served the best blueberry pancakes I've ever had, scrambled eggs with herbs, sausage, diced fruit with yogurt and his signature potato cake. He takes great care with his cooking, and it really shows. The second morning was just as good: French toast, fried egg, bacon and potato cake. Yum!
The house is well decorated Roanoke style, with many interesting pieces of art and history. As it gets a bit warmer, it will be nice sitting on one of the three porches.
One tip: be sure to read the directions on the web site. Parking is off an alleyway behind the house, and the gravel drive is easy to miss. But once you get there, you'll be pleased.

Room Tip: I stayed in the downstairs room, a good choice for privacy and easy access.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Along with my husband and 8 month old baby we spent a night at this wonderful inn. Ron is so welcoming, the rooms are beautiful and the breakfast was plentiful & fantastic. We highly recommend this inn. We had a wonderful stay.

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Thank NWAH
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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Ron is a superb host, from the excellent website with lots of links about things to do locally, to the comprehensive music library and the Fat Tire beer in the fridge! The breakfasts were truly gourmet and set us up for the day - no need for lunch! The bedroom and en suite was well equipped, we could not think of anything that was not there. We had our own key, so could go in and out at our convenience and use the porch and lounge for a break from sightseeing and hillwalking. Ron has maps and guidebooks, help with good restaurants as well as bicycles and golf clubs....what more could you ask for?
The best B & B we have been to in a very long time and we do not hesitate to recommend it to others visiting the area.

Room Tip: We saw them all and they were all very good.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Black Lantern Inn
Address: 1526 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Location: United States > Virginia > Roanoke
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Roanoke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Black Lantern Inn has charming and unique rooms with incredibly luxurious bedding, welcoming lounging areas, impeccable baths and great breakfasts.The hospitality and luxury amenities make a stay at our Inn an experience of warm ambiance found in distinctive bed and breakfast accommodations. ... more   less 

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