This hotel was built in 1882 by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. It was the 1st in the country to have air conditioning. Its beautiful and the people are very nice. Its pretty much in the heart of Roanoke and has easy access to the interstate and walking distance to the market place(several blocks). It is very close to N&S museum as well(a stones throw). It also has a bar with live music and the best free chocolate chip cookies. We checked in for a weekend adventure. Bar hoping on Saturday and the AT on sunday.