Experience the allure of “Star City” at our friendly hotels in Roanoke, nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The massive neon Roanoke Star atop Mill Mountain shines high above Roanoke, where you can shop, dine and explore the city’s rich railroad heritage.
The city’s nostalgia for the rail era is palpable when you stay at our hotels in Roanoke. Freight trains still rumble in and out of town with a lonesome whistle, but the railways’ glory days are best seen at the O. Winston Link Museum. Housed in a landmark train station downtown, the museum features Link’s reverential photos of the Norfolk & Western’s treks through Appalachia. You can see actual vintage locomotives and cabooses at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, also downtown. You’re never far from the great outdoors at our Roanoke hotels, a short drive from the winding Blue Ridge Parkway. The Appalachian Trail passes just outside the city, making it easy to take a leisurely hike in the mossy hills.
Our Roanoke hotels are close to the city’s revitalized downtown, which boomed when Roanoke was the region’s major transportation hub. Its antique brick buildings have been updated as shops and restaurants. Stroll the daily farmer’s market to buy colorful flowers or fresh produce carted in from nearby farms. Businesses range from gift boutiques to musical instrument shops catering to local bluegrass pickers. Our hotels in Roanoke are close to Roanoke’s many dining options, from Texas-style chili to sushi. For a night out, downtown has a range of unpretentious pubs and friendly bars within shouting distance of one another.
Book a room in our Holiday Inn® Roanoke hotels in spring to stroll under pear trees blooming on downtown sidewalks—but the romance of the rails and nearby natural wonders are yours to experience any time of year.