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
I stay here often when visiting family and friends in Lynchburg. Every single stay has exceeded my expectations! I especially enjoyed the friendliness and helpfulness of the front desk staff! The rooms are SO LOVELY and the beds are SO comfortable that you'll want to stay in them all day. I also recommend trying the crab dip from their waterstone restaurant! This place is truly a Lynchburg gem, can't wait to come back soon!
The staff at the Craddock Terry make their guests and visitors feel like they're at home. The welcoming environment makes staying here a great experience. Their event halls are one-of-a-kind - I'm very impressed and can see myself visiting again in the future.
Absolutely the best experience we've ever had. From the minute we walked through the door until we walked back out, they treated us like we were the only ones there; attentive to our every need and following through on every commitment. I wish there was a review higher than Excellent!!! Will visit again!
We had a wonderful experience for an amazingly fun holiday weekend at the Craddock Terry. Our daughter enjoyed cookies, milk & story time with Santa Friday night. The room was nice and spacious. The bed was super comfortable. We loved the shoebox breakfast and had such a good time decorating our in room tree! The view out our window was perfect because we could see the beautiful Christmas tree outside. The staff was so friendly. We enjoyed the hot chocolate bar on our way out. We can’t wait to come back!!! A gem of a hotel in downtown Lynchburg. Two thumbs up!
This hotel was built in an old shoe factory and that theme is carried throughout. Although the stone walls are all original this is a new hotel. Service is superb. Room decor is outstanding with beamed ceilings and original stone walls. Bathroom is unbelievable. Huge walk in shower in a room with toilet. A door separates this from sink area meaning the mirror doesn't fog up when you run the shower. A person can sit on the toilet in complete privacy while their partner uses the sink, Lot's of towels. Great gift shop. You can buy any of several local wines and a corkscrew and wine glasses are provided in the room. They turn down the bed for you complete with chocolates. Makes you feel like you are on a cruise. Continental breakfast really quant. Delivered in shoe shine box. Huge muffin, yogart, fruit, orange juice. Coffee service open liberal hours in lobby. The creamer provided with in room Keurig wasn't my favorite. You can boost milk from lobby coffee setup and keep in your refrigerator. Room has refrigerator and microwave. White terry robes that can be bought or just used. Can't wait to visit again.