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The Liberty Trust Hotel in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia

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In the heart of downtown Roanoke, Virginia, stands the Liberty Trust Hotel, a 4-star hotel that is a captivating blend of the city’s storied past and chic, contemporary style. Housed within the walls of a former bank building, this unique establishment redefines the hotel experience, offering an unforgettable stay that effortlessly marries history and modern sophistication. With its prime location and modern rooms, it’s a boutique hotel that offers an unforgettable experience. 

Old brick bank building.

Walking into The Liberty Trust Hotel is like stepping back in time to the early 20th century. The marble-filled lobby is adorned with majestic columns leading to the old bank vault that has been transformed into a Tasting Room. The boutique hotel is the epitome of luxury.

Lobby and restaurant inside of the Liberty Trust Hotel.

Originally established in 1910 as the First National Bank Building, it once served as the headquarters for Roanoke’s first bank. The architecture of the building bears the influences of Greek Revival and French Ecole des Beaux-Arts styles, making it a symbol of modernity during its construction and earning it a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

Old fashioned style telephone.

Located at the corner of South Jefferson Street and Salem Avenue SW, the Liberty Trust stands as downtown Roanoke’s historic boutique hotel. The 54-room boutique features guest rooms adorned with custom-made furnishings, impeccable detailing, and upscale amenities, all inspired by the building’s origins as the former headquarters of the First National Bank.

Hotel check-in station.

Hotel Rooms

I had the opportunity to stay in Room 607, a handicapped-friendly room with an ADA King bed. The room was very spacious and the bathroom was incredibly accommodating, designed to make anyone’s stay comfortable and convenient. With thoughtful details like grab bars and a roll-in shower, it’s clear that the Liberty Trust Hotel strives to ensure that every guest feels welcome and at ease.

King size bed in a hotel room.

Other room options at the hotel include a variety of well-appointed choices to suit your preferences and needs. From Petite Queen rooms featuring a queen size bed providing a cozy haven complete with comfortable seating, a personal workspace, and a stylish bathroom featuring a walk-in shower to Deluxe King rooms that not only offer spacious comfort but also provide stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Kudos to the property for the fact that all rooms are non-smoking rooms.

Hotel Bathrooms

The spacious bathrooms feature custom tilework and Molton Brown bath products. 

Hotel Amenities

The Liberty Trust Hotel has an attractive array of amenities, among them:

  • Complimentary bottle of water
  • Nespresso machine with coffee pods, sweetener, and creamer
  • In-room mini refrigerator
  • Iron and ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Complimentary high-speed internet access (free wifi)

While there is no fitness facility at the hotel, guests are able to use yoga mats and fitness bands which are available at the Front Desk. Guests can also use their phone or computer to use FLEX FitnessonDemand, a digital fitness platform that provides a wide range of workout options. 

Dining Options

Aptly named The Vault, the hotel’s dining venue offers a distinctive culinary experience. Begin your day with convenience, as breakfast take-away is available from 7:00 a.m., ensuring a hearty and energizing start to your mornings. The dining venue also reopens for dinner at 4:00 p.m., allowing you to savor delectable dishes in a stylish setting.

Old vault door inside of the Liberty Trust Hotel.

The hotel’s prime location in downtown Roanoke means you’re not just limited to in-house dining. Within just a few blocks walk, guests will find an array of local restaurants to satisfy their cravings. We ordered carry-out for breakfast from Scrambled and found their Vanilla French Toast to be the perfect morning treat.

French toast wedges and cups of syrup in a styrofoam container.

For those seeking delectable dinner options, local favorites like Billy’s, known for their seafood, and Jack Brown’s, serving up 100% Wagyu beef burgers, are just a stroll away. Additionally, for a casual yet vibrant atmosphere, Wall Street Tavern offers a range of tasty comfort foods and craft beverages.

Hotel Parking

The hotel has arranged special parking rates of just $8 per night for its guests at the nearby Center in the Square Garage. The parking garage is one block from the hotel.

Check-in and Check-Out Times

Check-in at the hotel begins at 3:00 pm and check-out is at 11:00 am. 

Pet Policy

If you like to travel with your pooch in tow, be sure to call the hotel directly to make your reservations. The hotel does have a few pet-friendly rooms.

Handicapped Accessibility

According to the hotel website, there are 4 (handicapped) accessible rooms. Guests who need accommodations need to make sure that the hotel is aware prior to arrival.

Location

The Liberty Trust Hotel is conveniently situated at 101 S Jefferson Street, just a block away from the Amtrak train station. To reach the Liberty Trust Hotel, you can take Interstate 581 (I-581) if you are traveling by car. The hotel’s downtown location is easily accessible from this major highway. The nearest airport to the Liberty Trust Hotel is Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA). The Roanoke airport is located approximately 5 miles from downtown Roanoke, making it a convenient option for travelers arriving by air.

Local Attractions

The hotel is located a short walk or drive to many of the Star City‘s top attractions:

Roanoke Star: The iconic Roanoke Star, one of the most recognized symbols of the city, is just a short drive away (1.5 miles). Perched atop Mill Mountain, this illuminated man-made star offers a breathtaking view of Roanoke, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the surrounding landscapes.

Large stars on top of a mountain.

Center in the Square: A cultural hub in the heart of the city, Center in the Square (0.1 mile) is home to several museums and galleries, including the Science Museum of Western VirginiaHarrison Museum of African American Culture, and the Roanoke Pinball Museum.

Row of pinball machines.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Embark on a scenic journey along the Blue Ridge Parkway, known for its breathtaking views and outdoor recreational opportunities. The parkway is easily accessible from the hotel, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts.

Roanoke City Market: Here, you can savor a diverse array of dining options, from Fork in the Market and Scrambled to Laughing Bull, The Hatch, Reggae Grub, Hibachi Guys, and Tacos Rojas, each offering a unique culinary experience.

Red brick building with City Market sign.

Train Lovers’ Paradise: For train enthusiasts, the hotel’s proximity to the O. Winston Link Museum (0.3 miles, a 7-minute walk), dedicated to preserving the work of the iconic railroad photographer, is a true delight.

Personal Opinion

I was impressed with the beauty of the hotel and all of the staff were friendly. We enjoyed the comfortable bed in the spacious room. As for future stays, I would gladly consider returning as a solo guest. However, for guests with mobility challenges, especially in emergency situations, accessibility concerns should be taken into account when making reservations.

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