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
Awesome hotel and staff. Felt right at home. You will not be disappointed. Loved the shoe shine box breakfast. The James River Heritage bike trail behind hotel. Great trail. Walking distance to many eateries and ice cream.
The hotel is fantastic, rooms excellent, highly recommend. The restaurant is to die for, worth the trip just to go there. Close to downtown, great for walking around the area. Staff pleasant and very helpful
It was intriguing to stay at this converted shoe factory but when we got there, the front desk was unhelpful (most uncommunicative), room service calls went to voice mail (they never called back), lights that didn't work in the rooms (do they not check this stuff) and the breakfast was minimal (to say the least). I get the shoe box concept but given the hoopla about how great the experience was supposed to be, it just wasn't. We left after one night for other, better and more fulfilled amenities.
In the middle of a heat wave, we found our Virginia oasis. Quiet and surrounded by green, we felt like we were in a loft tree house. The food was delicious and the service in both the hotel and restaurant was friendly without being overbearing.
While this was the 4th time I've stayed here, it was the first with my small dog and a first for ordering room service from Shoemakers. First, you do pay extra ($50, one time) for a pet to stay. Would suggested a higher room number (main building, maybe #9 or #10) so you are away from the elevator if your pet reacts to hallway noises. Second, the Riverbluff Walk is open and there are a number of places that are outside dog friendly including Shoemakers and Bootleggers. The Riverbluff Walk has a number of "poop" stations for cleaning up after your dog. Room Service food was just as great as dining in at the restaurant. Beds are VERY comfortable.