The Best Hotels and B&Bs to Book Near the River House, Virginia

Hotel Roanokes Tudor revival frontage belies modern comfort
Hotel Roanoke's Tudor revival frontage belies modern comfort | © Emanuel Tanjala / Alamy Stock Photo
Matt Charlton

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Virginia’s River House is a plantation house near Millwood in Clarke County, 70mi (113km) out of Washington DC and only a 30-minute drive from charming Frederick. If you’re planning a visit and need somewhere to stay, look no further. Whether you fancy a boutique hotel or an all-American bed and breakfast, we have your Virginia accommodation options covered – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center


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Less than a mile from Taubman Museum of Art and Roanoke Civic Center, you’ll find elegant, well-finished rooms in this Tudor revival building dating back to 1882. Beyond the striking circular lobby, there’s an outdoor pool, a spa, well-equipped fitness center and a cozy, wood-paneled pub, plus a gourmet restaurant. Upgraded rooms include access to a lounge providing breakfast and snacks at no extra charge.

2. Roanoke Boutique Hotel


So relaxing, so tasteful, so homely – with contemporary design and a real feel of luxury, Roanoke Boutique Hotel was created with a love for the area and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This 1890s house is a mile (1.6km) from the Taubman Museum of Art and just 3mi (4.8km) from the Mill Mountain Zoo, and offers a choice of two well-appointed king suites – one has a private porch, and both include breakfast.

3. Shirley's Bed and Breakfast

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In addition to its friendly and efficient hosts, this welcoming bed and breakfast has generous common areas with beautiful views. Tranquil and secluded yet just minutes from downtown Roanoke – as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Explore Park and Appalachian Trail – this classic taste of Virginia takes care of all the details, so you can enjoy a truly relaxing experience. Rooms are traditional, restful and well-appointed – nothing here is too much trouble.

4. The Lofts at Downtown Salem


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Yes, it’s the one from the Witch Trials, but these lofts are far from spooky. Originally the HQ of a now-defunct automotive company, they currently comprise 18 one-bedroom apartments, two restaurants and a beautiful courtyard on the main level. The Lofts have managed to retain as much of the fabric of the building as possible, with bare brick and stripped-back beams.

5. Black Lantern Inn


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Again, quite the spooky name, but this super-friendly inn – with upscale rooms and common areas – really knows how to set the mood for relaxation and rejuvenation. There are modern comforts and amenities throughout, with organic breakfast, eco-friendly luxury sheets, paraben-free bath and body products, a fire pit and freshly brewed coffee. The rooms are traditional and comfortable, with plus-size king beds and most importantly, free wifi.

6. King George Inn Bed and Breakfast


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Framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains and within walking distance of downtown Roanoke, the King George Inn has many amenities. These include a European-style breakfast made with ingredients from the local farmers’ market, a library and sitting room in an upstairs nook, a living room with a TV and free off-street parking. The opulent accommodation – with mountain views – is positively regal.

7. The Inn at Burwell Place


This striking piece of old Virginia once welcomed dignitaries, and has been renovated and restored for those wanting to retreat into the walls of a historic Southern mansion. Nope, you might not be a dignitary, but you are most welcome here. There’s a beautiful common area and the rooms all have private bathrooms, TVs and free wifi. Continental breakfast in a picnic basket is placed outside your room in the morning, complete with fresh fruit, fresh pastries and biscotti.

8. Hampton Inn and Suites Roanoke Downtown

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Sitting snugly under the Hilton umbrella, this appealing collection of suites is set on a quaint, tree-lined street in Roanoke, with boutique shops and eateries on the doorstep. Housed in an appealing building atop Market Square Parking Garage, there’s free breakfast, a gym and bright and modern accommodation – offering everything you need for a relaxed and enjoyable stay. Oh, and you’re just a minute’s walk from regular open-air concerts at Elmwood Park.

Looking for somewhere different? Book into one of the best hotels in nearby Lexington, or find a charming stay in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Make the most of the great outdoors with the top camping spots in the state, and find out where to see fall foliage in the Old Dominion.

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