Craddock Terry Hotel
What We Love
- Original manufacturing-era details: old Diebold safe, exposed timbers, soaring wood-paneled ceilings
- Capacious guestrooms and huge tiled bathrooms with oversize showers
- Varied views are charmingly small-city, picturesque-pastoral or industrial-derelict, depending on the direction
What To Know
- Ask for earplugs at the front desk: Trains pass by the hotel day and night
- Lynchburg’s grand history is evident in its architectural wealth, but the present is still undergoing revitalization
- The continental breakfast includes yogurt, a fresh baked croissant, Ile de France brie, fresh cut fruit and fresh squeezed orange juice
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Hotels in converted industrial spaces are common, but the Craddock Terry is a standout. Once a Victorian-era footwear factory, the ever-present foot puns can feel gimmicky, but the hotel’s reverence for its roots makes for great design. The well-preserved architectural heritage includes 12-foot ceilings and nine-foot windows, rugged granite walls on the lower levels and polished wood floors. Stylish modern accents update the look: a stiletto-shaped chair, antique shoemaking artifacts adorning the lobby and guestrooms. The result is a successful marriage of form, function and legacy.
Bed and Bath
The enormous guestrooms have space for kingsize beds, velvet sofas, dark wood desks, entertainment consoles and even separate foyers. The ample tiled bathrooms feature oversize glass-encased showers and separate marble vanities stocked with lovely Gilchrist and Soames toiletries. In contrast to the public spaces, in the guestrooms the industrial design is softened with Southern comforts, from walls of stitched faux leather and colorful curtains to cushioned russet headboards and beige carpeting. In-room Keurig coffeemakers are welcome extras.
With few good dining options in Lynchburg, the Craddock Terry’s two restaurants and brewery attract a lively mix of locals and guests. The Waterstone restaurant dishes up brick oven pizzas and draft beers (including sampler flights) from the upstairs Jefferson Brewery, while Shoemaker’s Grill offers more upscale eats, including excellent surf-and-turf and a Virginia-centric wine list. Locals agree it’s the best dinner experience in town. All three outlets are housed in a former tobacco warehouse adjacent to and in the same industrial-chic style as the Craddock Terry building.
In the Area
Lynchburg made its money milling wood for the railroad during the 19th century, and the relics of this boom period are immediately evident on a walk (or hike — this is Blue Ridge hill country, after all) around downtown’s gorgeous red-brick fixer-uppers. Among the small businesses on quiet Main Street, the gems are White Hart and Blackwater, a coffee roaster and café with nightly music, and Dish tapas. Explore the handsome waterfront on the James River Heritage Trail, crossing over to Percival’s Island, a natural area dotted with industrial-era ruins. A 10-minute drive away is Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s octagonal vacation home.
How to Get There
We returned to Lynchburg after 2 years and booked Craddock Terry immediately. Just a fabulous hotel. We arrived on a Sunday in March. Parking spot right outside the door (easy parking is underrated and so appreciated). Room 301. Just lovely. Large living area, sink, fridge, sofa, chair, large tv. Huge bathroom with double sinks separate from toilet, jetted tub and walk-in shower. Large bedroom with door and faux wood burning stove. 2 chairs. TV. Tablet with useful information. Like having your own apartment. Coffee and tea in the lobby and wine! We didn’t go to any of the area restaurants this time. Property is very quiet. Only noise was the train right outside. The bed was so comfortable. Wished we’d stayed longer. Oh, and met Penny Loafer this time. Missed Buster Brown.
Planned specificely a "dog friendly" trip with my 12 lb Maltipoo. Between the hotel and a number of "dog friendly" restaurants (outside seating only), within walking distance in town, the two days stay was very enjoyable. Penny, the hotel dog, has matured since out last stay this past Summer. Although I didn't get around to using it, the "pay as you go" auto wine bar is an interesting addition that I saw some guests using.
I travel for work up to 45 weeks a year and usually stay at the big chains for convenience and price; it was the BEST decision EVER to stay at the Craddock Terry. I had to find out what the Big Shoe was all about!
The staff was very personable and helpful; the Hotel Manager, the front desk, the housekeeping, the valet and of course Penny Loafer, the sweet-natured terrier all were happy to greet and be of any assistance I needed.
There were 4 people from the company I work for staying there and we all are really hoping we get reassigned to the area so we can stay there again!
It was a 5 day "workation"; the Craddock Terry really kept our stress levels down and made for a fantastic week.
This quaint property is so awesome. You will feel like you have stepped back in time but with modern amenities. Boutique style hotel converted from a once shoe factory (hence the red shoe logo). Manager on duty is a wire-hair fox terrier named Penny Loafer. Staff are pleasant and helpful. My king room was spacious with large bathroom. Please make sure you dine at Waterstone Pizza! Oh my goodness, delicious Margarita pizza! Hotel also offers a nice Continental breakfast, in a shoe box!! I cannot wait to stay again, and again!! I even purchased a tee shirt which says on front "it's a shoe thing!"
Had a great stay for a getaway weekend from the city and enjoyed just about everything about the property. Check in was quick and easy, nice little gift shop that was stocked with some pretty convenient items, including some wine which was moderately priced. First impression of the room (got a premier king) was very good. Nice sized room with a large bed, windows looking out to some train tracks and the river, had a corner room so didn't get the best view but I wasn't there to stare out of the windows all day. Bathroom is huge and had an overall super clean feeling to it. Heck even the shampoo, conditioner and shampoo all smelled nice.
Some nice touches of the room, the ipad that gives you the ability to request room service, room refresh, look for dining options, and other cool things was great. Used it to request towels and request room cleaning, both requests were handled by the time I dictated. I thought the shoebox delivery of breakfast in the morning was interesting and clever. I didn't really care for the breakfast itself, but I'm not someone that eats muffins for breakfast. The black out curtains were great and the AC was definitely working very well. Room was cold within minutes and hot within minutes of turning that on.
Visited both Waterstone and Shoemakers during our stay. Waterstone was fine, sat at the bar and had some beers. Nothing really to write home about, the bartender was quite nice. Shoemakers was fine as well. Had cocktails and some appetizers, the bartender was pretty entertaining and made the overall experience nice. Definitely recommend walking a couple blocks down the road to My Dog Duke's Diner, place is super busy so just relax, be patient and enjoy. Everything is within walking distance to this place which is a super plus.
I have to address some things others were complaining about because I thought it was a little odd. First and foremost, every staff member I bumped in to was very nice. I checked in close to midnight and still received the same warm welcome that I would expect had I checked in midday. The other time I stopped by the Front Desk to get some coffee, I chatted up the two agents and got some good recommendations (like My Dog Duke's Diner) for brunch and also was told about an event going on that evening in the city. I didn't go to the event (music festival) but it was nice to get recommendations nevertheless. I even bumped into my cleaning lady who said hello and asked how I was doing. So yea, staff super friendly and helpful.
The noise... My room was right above the restaurant. For the people complaining about noise from the restaurant.. I didn't hear anything. Noise from other rooms? I didn't hear anything but maybe no one was staying in the rooms next to me. As for the train. Sure, I heard the train but that is expected. I heard the train I think 4 times and you know what, it added to the charm of the small city. So to sum it up, I slept like a baby.
I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone that is travelling to Lynchburg.