Craddock Terry Hotel

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Housed in a former turn-of-the-century shoe factory (once the fifth-largest footwear company in the world), the Craddock Terry Hotel leaves reminders of its past throughout the 44-room property.

You can’t miss the larger-than-life red pump above the main entrance, but you’ll also discover a vintage shoe collection displayed throughout the boutique hotel, framed high-heeled photos hanging in the rooms, complimentary breakfast delivered to your room in an old-fashioned wooden shoeshine box and a red-heeled cookie at turndown service. The shoe-themed décor is a playful touch at the historic hotel, which also keeps an industrial look with exposed brick and wooden beams.

While all staff members offer plenty of Southern charm and big smiles, our favorite is Buster Brown — of course, another shoe reference — the hotel’s resident pup and official greeter.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Set along the banks of the James River with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background and a two-minute walk to Main Street, the hotel is in a good spot for enjoying all that Lynchburg has to offer.

• Whether it’s pizzas made in the brick oven at Waterstone or broiled signature crab cakes at Shoemakers American Grille, you’ll find a variety of food on offer. For a more formal meal, opt for Shoemakers American Grille, which serves steakhouse fare (try the Kona filet, a cut that’s rubbed with Kona coffee and topped with blue cheese and a cheese sauce).

• You’ll find that the staff is pleasant and friendly. Don’t hesitate to ask for help — whether you want to know about local attractions or more about the history of the shoe-factory-turned-hotel.

• Each evening, set the provided antique wooden shoebox outside your door. Then in the morning, you’ll find it filled with a complimentary croissant, fresh juice, yogurt and fruit.

• While all staff members offer plenty of Southern charm and big smiles, our favorite is Buster Brown — of course, another shoe reference — the hotel’s resident pup and official greeter. If you feel the same, you’re welcome to take the wire fox terrier on a walk.
Things to Know
• Enjoy the historic aspects of the city and take advantage of the gorgeous Blackwater Creek trail just behind the hotel for its stunning water views. The concierge can help guide you there as well as arrange for a bike rental.

• While all of the rooms at the hotel are spacious, be warned that some of them are a little noisier than others, particularly the Premium King rooms that sit over the restaurant and face the river. They tend to get a bit of the train noise at night, as there is a working railroad just behind the hotel.

• If you do get a room where you can hear the train, the hotel provides noise machines. The staff will probably offer you one at check-in, but you can also request one up at the front desk.

• The Craddock Terry is part of Stash, a rewards program for boutique hotels. Stash offers a generous rewards and points system that’s worth joining if you think you might stay at the other hotels in the program. Make sure to sign up before you check out so you earn points for that stay.

• If you’re arriving in the Amtrak station or Lynchburg Regional Airport, the Lynchburg, Virginia, hotel will send a complimentary luxury sedan to pick you up.
The Rooms
• All of the guest rooms at the Craddock Terry Hotel have a historic charm and are guaranteed to be spacious and comfortable. Depending on the accommodations you book, you’ll find either brick-lined walls restored from the turn of the century, when the building was a shoe factory, or stacked granite walls as well as dark woodwork and a plush bed with dark leather headboard.

• We love the expansiveness of the room, the glass-topped desk with plenty of space to spread out as well as the velvet-lined couch for relaxing on after a long day. The rooms are also equipped with a double-door closet so that you can neatly store your clothing without feeling cramped.

• Keeping in line with the overall shoe-themed décor of the quaint boutique hotel, the room has framed photos of different high heels filled with flowers to add a touch of color and playfulness to the space.

• We think that the King Suites are your best option. These accommodations come with a Vermont Castings electric fireplace in the bedroom that’s great for flicking on in the cold winter months and a luxurious bathroom where you’ll want to take a bubbly soak in the Kohler whirlpool bathtub — the boutique hotel provides the bath salts.

• Like the King Suites, the regular suites also offer a pullout sofa as well as a wet bar with mini-fridge, but they are smaller and lack that whirling Jacuzzi. Of course, even the Premium King Rooms are quite spacious and offer a separate tub and walk-in shower.
Getting There
1312 Commerce Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
ROA (1 h 10 min-1 h 20 min)