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Black Lantern Inn

1526 Franklin Road SW , Roanoke, VA 24016 USA (Show map)
8 Reviews
$125 - $195
per night

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The Black Lantern Inn has been lovingly restored and decorated over the years to become Roanoke's most charming Inn. Ron and Claire, the owners, were recipients of the City of Roanoke's Architectural Review Board's Preservation Excellence Award. The Inn was featured in Bella magazine as "truly first class" for hospitality, gourmet breakfasts, well appointed rooms, attention to detail, and outstanding "green" practices. We are perfectly located for guests eager to enjoy a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a bicycle ride on the Roanoke River Greenway, hiking trails, a round of golf, or a night on the town. If you simply want to relax with a glass of wine on the porch, listen to music in our comfy living room, or indulge in a spa bath, you've come to the right place.

Rooms & Rates

Venetian Room

Romantic and rejuvenating. This room is decorated in aqua blues and whites, embellished with a beautiful king sized canopy bed, Tiffany style lighting, antique dresser. Gilchrist and Soames paraben free bath products for hydrotherapy bath and shower. Flat screen TV, WIFI, luxury robes, hair dryer. Enjoy complimentary sodas and cookies. Champagne, wine and beer available. Room is located on the first floor. Rates based on double occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Tiger Eye Room

Trendy and tantalizing. West Indies safari influenced decor with chestnut browns and grass cloth. Persian floor covering brings together the feel of warmth and casual elegance in this fabulous room. Flat screen TV, WIFI, luxury robes and hair dryer. Private bath with hydrotherapy tub just outside the room. Located on the second floor with close access to outdoor covered porch and full guest kitchen. Champagne, wine, beer and complimentary soda available. Rates based on double occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Skyline Room

Apartment size, gorgeous suite with sectional sofa, radio with Ipod docking station, plush linens, pillows and Vera Wang queen mattress. Stylish, contemporary decor mixed with vintage style bed. Flat screen TV, WIFI and luxury robes for your comfort. Champagne, wine, beer and complimentary soda available. Rates based on double occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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  • Guest room5
  • Services5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining5

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It doesn't get any better than this!

5 on 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.

Highly recommended!

5 on June 15, 2013

The Black Lantern Inn is beautifully restored and decorated. The room was very comfortable and the bathroom had the amenities and finishes I would expect of a much more expensive place. Truly a gorgeous house. The location is convenient, too (especially to the Blue Ridge Parkway) and breakfast was delicious. Ron was great to talk with at breakfast and it was interesting to hear about the house restoration. Will definitely be back next time I'm in Roanoke!

I love this place!

4.8 on February 20, 2013

The Black Lantern Inn is amazing! You will not be sorry with this choice; the location is great, the service is outstanding, the food is scrumptious, the rooms are unique and gorgeous!

Better late than... well you know the rest.

5 on August 21, 2012

We stayed at the Black Lantern in October 2011, for my wife's and mine and everything about BL was 1st class. We WILL be returning this year again. Ron/Claire were superb hosts. I even suggested to my wife to try another B&B and she would not have it. If you can impress her, then you have a winner. Bottom line... An 11 out of 10!!!

Second time at the Black Lantern Inn

5 on August 05, 2012

Last year we came here for our 35th wedding anniversary, now here we are a year later once again. This place is great! The rooms are modern, immaculate, well appointed bathrooms with Turkish towels that I wish we had. Ron has been here both times but we just met Clarie this visit as she was out of town last year and both are pleasant people and were great to be around. I was up early one morning while my wife was still asleep and Ron and I share stories and coffee. One of the nicest places we have ever stayed and we obviously recommend it greatly for a few nights get away in a nice part of Virginia!

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Location Type

Airport, City, Countryside, Downtown, Mountains, Wine country


Roanoke, VA (ROA) 6 miles

Directions to property:

Turn right out of the airport onto Aviation Drive. Go approx. 100 yards and exit right onto Hershberger Rd. West 101\581. Continue on Hershberger Rd. to 581 South \ 220 South Downtown and exit on the right. Take 581\220 South to exit 6 (Elm Ave.). Turn right and go 5 blocks to Franklin Rd. Turn left and go 6 blocks to Woods Ave. Turn left and go 100 feet to drive on right. Turn right into drive to last house on right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Blue Ridge Parkway, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Tennis courts

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Library , Mens and womens golf clubs, Stereo, Bicycles, Wine and beer available, Guest kitchen

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Satellite/Cable TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Deposit Amount Required: A one nights stay or half of the entire stay, whichever is greater, will be charged to your card at the time of making your reservation.
  • Cancellations: Refunds will be made up to 14 days in advance of the stay date. Holidays, specials packages and special event dates require a 30 day advance cancellation date.Cancellations and early checkouts will be charged $15.00 processing fee.No shows and early departures will be charged for the entire amount.



Claire & Ron

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  • Time Served: 7:00-10:00 or by request
  • Serving Location: Living room table for two, Upstairs covered porch, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian , Gluten free

Signature Dish

Claires quiche \ Rons gourmet eggs and potatoes

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1526 Franklin Road SW , Roanoke, VA 24016 USA (Show map)

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