Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join
Annual Meeting Hotel & Directions
Share |

 

 

ABOUT THE HOTEL ROANOKE

 

Built in 1882, the Tudor-style Hotel Roanoke is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been inducted into the Historic Hotels of Americaâ„¢ organization, and is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center is located in the Gainsboro neighborhood of Roanoke, Virginia.

 

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center today features 330 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and a 63,000- square-foot, high-tech conference center. It is a joint project of Hotel Roanoke LLC, the City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech. In the beginning, Roanoke was a little town named Big Lick when enterprising railroad magnate Frederick J. Kimball chose it as the site of a railroad juncture and a major city. After Kimball combined two of his railroads into the Norfolk and Western Railroad, he built his vision of a comprehensive community with the Hotel Roanoke as its grand centerpiece. Travelers coming to the city or breaking a tiring rail journey made the Hotel Roanoke their haven.

 

Built in a wheat field on a little hill, the Hotel Roanoke began as a rambling wooden structure of less than three dozen rooms. As the city grew, the railroad consistently provided resources for hotel additions, remodeling and furnishings to maintain the Hotel's reputation for excellence. Even in the Depression year of 1931, the railroad spent $225,000 for a wing with 75 rooms, a 60-car garage and such "modern" amenities as circulating ice water, movable telephones and electric fans. By then the Hotel's "Queen Anne" appearance had evolved into something Tudorean, the finishing touches of which were added in the major alterations of 1937-38, when Hotel Roanoke acquired its distinctive facade and entrance. Added too were new public rooms, most of which today's guests will recognize. The history of the Hotel has been carefully preserved over the years.

 

In 1989, Norfolk Southern Corporation, direct descendant of Kimball's Norfolk and Western Railroad, concluding that its transportation business meant rail service, not room service, closed the Hotel it had owned and operated for 107 years and gave it to the Virginia Tech Real Estate Foundation. After being closed for four years, in 1993 the Hotel Roanoke began a multi-million dollar restoration and remodeling renovation project, funded by a package of public and private financing in conjunction with the City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech.

 
  
HOW TO GET THERE

 

110 SHENANDOAH AVE NW ROANOKE, VA 24016

 

FROM NORTH OR SOUTH
 I-81 Exit 143 (I-581 South) to Exit 5. Cross Wells Avenue and continue to the main entrance of the hotel. 
FROM 220N (MARTINSVILLE)
 220N becomes I-581N. Take exit 4E (Orange Avenue). Take first right at traffic light onto Williamson Road. After the third traffic light, turn right on Shenandoah Avenue. Take the first right to main entrance of the hotel. Alternate: 220N becomes I-581N. Take exit 4E (Orange Avenue). Take the first right at traffic light onto Williamson Road. Take the first right at the third traffic light onto Wells Avenue. Take the first left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Take the first right before Shenandoah Avenue to the main entrance of the hotel. 
FROM 460W (LYNCHBURG)
 460 becomes Orange Avenue. Turn left at the traffic light at Williamson Road and Orange Avenue. After the third traffic light, turn right on Shenandoah Avenue. Take the first right to main entrance of the hotel. Alternate: 460 becomes Orange Avenue. Turn left at the traffic light onto Williamson Road. Take the first right at the third traffic light onto Wells Avenue. Take the first left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Take the first right before Shenandoah Avenue to the main entrance of the hotel. 

 

RESERVATIONS

 

The Hotel Roanoke is offering a discounted room rate of $159 per night. To make your reservation at the discount rated, mention the Virginia Retail Merchants Association. 

 

You can make your reservation by: 

  1. Calling 1-540-985-5900

  2. Visiting this website: https://book.passkey.com/e/49939120 

 

more Calendar

10/4/2019
VRMA Annual Meeting & Conference - Sponsors

10/4/2019
VRMA Annual Meeting & Conference - Attendees

Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal