Many Flock to Danville Hotels After Lynchburg Hotels Booked - - ABC13

Many Flock to Danville Hotels After Lynchburg Hotels Booked


Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: RJ Burnette

Danville, VA -- Hotels in Danville with power and air-conditioning have been very busy. People have flocked to them from all over to escape the heat. 

"It had to be pretty huge for guests to come from Lynchburg and Roanoke," said Tamatha Hughes, general manager of Best Western.

Rather than roast in their unpowered homes, thousands in our area headed to hotels to escape the heat.

"It's been very busy, it's been very busy. We still have guests that don't have power or are still unsure about their power," said Hughes.

"Every other hotel was booked, completely," said Jocelyn Saunders, a Danville resident.

"It's going to be inconvenient. We are used to things like this in the winter time, snow and ice, but this is unusual," said Steve Odell, a Martinsville resident.

While Danville mostly has restored electricity, many surrounding aren't as lucky. So guests like Jo Ann Rucker and her family traveled for miles looking for a place to stay.

"In Lynchburg, they told us they told us there was a Best Western down here and that everything for about an hour was full," said Rucker.

Saturday night seemed to be the worst with Lynchburg hotels booked and Danville hotels quickly filling up. Best Western started the weekend with only a third of its rooms filled. They ended up turning folks away.

"My heart really went out, there was a lot of elderly people that was calling that have to have electricity for their equipment and stuff," said Hughes.

We did call around to Danville hotels Monday and there are plenty of rooms left.

Some Danville hotels with rooms include:
  • Best Western on South Boston Road
  • Comfort Inn and Suites on Tower Drive
  • Holiday Inn on Riverside Drive
  • Courtyard Marriott on Riverside Drive
  • Super 8 on Riverside Drive
  • Hampton Inn on Riverside Drive
  • Sleep Inn and Suites on South Boston Road
  • Innkeeper on Piney Forest Road and on Riverside Drive
  • Budget Host Inn on Neal Court
  • Days Inn on Piney Forest Road

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