As the largest city in its mountainous area, Roanoke has been nicknamed, "Capital of the Blue Ridge." Roanoke's economy developed around the Norfolk & Western Railway, with a strong emphasis on manufacturing. As Roanoke grew so quickly, it was nicknamed "Magic City." Serving our military veterans is Salem Veterans Medical Center in Salem, Virginia, just six miles from the Extended Stay America Roanoke - Airport Hotel. Enjoy a night in with our fully equipped kitchen standard in all rooms. Book with us today!