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Stay for brunch or the night — Historic Roanoke Hotel

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11:48 am




By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

They don’t call her the Grand Old Lady for nothing.

There might not be a more historic address in all of Roanoke than the Hotel Roanoke, and now Conference Center.

This majestic lodging place in the center of downtown, was made to create memories, just as it has for U.S. presidents, millionaires and sports stars.

A historic landmark for more than 100 years, this grand Tudor-style hotel like so many grand buildings of the past, was in a state of disrepair by the late 1980s. It actually was shut down because of declining occupancy rates and the costly renovations needed. Fortunately, the Norfolk Southern Railway gifted the facility to the Virginia Tech Real Estate Foundation and with the help of the university, a bank loan and the community, this grand hotel was saved from demolition.

The hotel offers 330 luxurious guest rooms,

but the historic charm is available for all to see, from its antique-filled lobby to the Regency Room, a restaurant that first opened in 1938.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Stephen DeMarco, the restaurant features French-inspired Southern cuisine and is open year-round, including holidays.

The Regency Room is renowned for its daily breakfast and luncheon buffets, and its Grand Sunday Brunch. The Grand Sunday Brunch has won the Best Sunday Brunch for 15 years in Roanoker Magazine and is a traditional favorite with residents of the Blue Ridge. The brunch features live entertainment every Sunday, a rotating menu of all favorite breakfast and lunch items, including a live action carving station and a made-to-order omelet bar.

Even if you don’t spend the night, you really should start at least one day of your stay having breakfast or lunch at this historic gem. The exterior of the building

is also great for photo memories.

There isn’t a better spot to begin or end a Blue Ridge vacation holiday, and now the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Curio, part of the Hilton Collection, is offering the Roanoke Mountain Adventure package.

Starting at $169, the package includes a local guide to outdoor fun around the valley, bottled waters, energizer drinks, granola bars, California trail mix, bananas, a certificate for 20 percent off equipment rental, shuttle services or guided trips and valet parking.

To learn more about the package or to book
an adventure, visit www. or call 540-985-5900. The website also lists everything else the hotel offers from fitness center and spa services, complimentary airport shuttle, high speed internet access and special romance packages and advance purchase offers.