We recently enjoyed a lovely get-away to the Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, VA.
Located in an old shoe factory, much of the original industrial feel has been kept intact with homage to its heritage evident in charming little touches around every corner. – The rooms are spacious (we had a Deluxe King) and modern – yet very warm and comfortable at the same time. Exposed bricks and soaring ceiling with raw beams speak of its former life.
Our room had a mini fridge and Keurig machine, bottled water, and robes, along with the regular bath amenities you would expect from any well appointed hotel.
One of our favorite features was an old shoeshine box that was waiting on the bed with a menu card inside. You simply fill out your breakfast wishes (bagels, muffins, yogurt, juice, fruit, eggs, etc.) and place your box outside your door at night. – First thing in the morning it will be replaced with a lovely continental breakfast that will keep you fueled for hours. Breakfast is FREE!
Speaking of food, there are two on-site restaurants: fine dining at Shoemakers for special occasions, and amazingly delicious pizza at Waterstone Pizza. – We also enjoyed a meal at The Ploughcroft Tea Room, an authentic English establishment within walking distance.
The only drawback to this hotel, could also be its strength: it’s truly a downtown hotel. Located on the riverfront and conveniently within walking distance to many shops, restaurants, and attractions, you will hear traffic and train activity throughout the night. If you are a very light sleeper, we suggest you bring earplugs.
The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful – we especially appreciate Todd, the hotel manager, who went out of his way to reschedule our visit due to a death in the family.
If you’re looking for a unique experience close to a town worth exploring…why not consider the Craddock Terry!