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“Incredible Property Located Right on the UNC Campus”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Carolina Inn

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The Carolina Inn
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Chapel Hill
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“Incredible Property Located Right on the UNC Campus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

I have seen this property given high praise in many reviews yet many fail to mention one of its best features--it is located on the campus of UNC. If you have a reason to be on campus, this is the place to stay. The hotel provides a shuttle for appointments at UNC, and I was dropped off and picked up promptly. The hotel itself is lovely and charming. The rooms are nicely decorated, extremely clean, and up to date, especially considering that it is a historic property. The staff is helpful and changed my room when I wanted one closer to the elevator. The one drawback is that it has only one restaurant which is quite expensive and I believe over-rated (see separate review). Thus there is no quick, simple and reasonably priced place to eat. Room service was on time, accurate, and tasty, but again, very expensive. All in all, this is definitely the place to stay if you are looking for a deluxe property on or near UNC.

Room Tip: Rooms can be far from elevators. Ask to see map if this concerns you.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

We gathered at the Carolina Inn in scenic Chapel HIll to honor some special family, and the nicest part was that the Inn was the perfect setting for camaraderie, comfort and culinary delights. We toured the town and shopped a bit, visited in family homes, but it was lovely to come back to a grand place that coincidentally feels like home. It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes coordination and upkeep to offer a gracious presentation of service, style and livability.

The first person we saw as we drove up to check in was a stunningly beautiful bride and a wedding party gathering for pictures. Yet, that was just a happening at the Inn, and it happens a lot. There were several weddings and occasions going on during our stay, yet never did we feel as though that that was a factor. The couples were simply pretty to observe, yet it was all very off to the side and out of the way.

This Inn is quite large, and offers a vast and cheerful grand lobby, a sunny loggia with rows of plants and smart black-and-white tiles, a breakfast room with the blues and yellows of Provence and guestrooms that are both comfortable and thoughtfully appointed. The baths are clean and inviting, with marble and tile and glass. Snuggle up in the firm bed and enjoy the chance to chill.

You're going to love it!

Room Tip: I had a room with two double beds and it was lovely.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

The hotel and rooms were impeccable. Beds were very comfortable. Workout room was nice. The staff is very kind and knowledgeable. The Inn it self is charming and well appointed. And the location is perfect for anyone who is visiting the campus of the University of North Carolina or Chapel Hill.

Room Tip: Booked it on line and named my price, over 50% off.
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Green Features: The are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint and it shows.
  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

Every moment of our staff was wonderful. Valet was wonderful, GSA and Bellmen.

Was not impressed with the hotess at restaurant. Not friendly. We dined off property.

Rooms are a little small but it is a historic property. Loved the turndown service treats.

Nice to have a shuttle. We used it to play gold at the UNC course. Made life easy for all 4 of us.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

First stop on a southern road trip, the Carolina Inn made our trek- tired souls fell renewed and refreshed as soon as we arrived. Our lovely room had a very comfy four- poster bed and a verdant garden view ( with a small wedding in progress!). Portraits of UNC alums on the walls and a large bathroom with aforementioned garden view made it especially charming. But what really bowled us over was the food at the inn-- fabulous roasted oysters followed by red snapper, farm- fresh vegetables and more. Absolutely a top- notch spot!

Room Tip: Ask for a garden view
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Green Features: Evident recycling efforts and signage about towels, as well as support for local farms on menu
  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Everything was very nicely done but our room was so tiny that I actually felt claustrophobic. Despite the smallness of the room, a chaise longue was jammed in there and I fell over it (painfully) in the middle of the night. There was no room for a proper bathroom door; the saloon-type doors provided little privacy and sound-proofing--again, not good if you have to visit the bathroom in the middle of the night and don't want to wake your husband up. Pluses: great location and beautiful decor. Minus: single room sold as a double. On the whole I'd rather stay at a decent 3* than endure such a small room again.

Room Tip: Grill the staff about room size--I'm sure there must be better ones. I would assume that lower f...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Leawood, Kansas, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

Very southern! Very clean hotel. Friendly accommodating staff. Great location for restaurants. Lot of fun history of the area. Very nice restaurant in the hotel.. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained.

Green Features: Very environmentally friendly. Organic food available on site.
  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Carolina Inn
Address: 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2739
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Region: United States > North Carolina > Chapel Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Chapel Hill
#2 Family Hotel in Chapel Hill
#3 Romantic Hotel in Chapel Hill
#4 Business Hotel in Chapel Hill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Carolina Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 185
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, at the doorstep of the beautiful campus of The University of North Carolina. Come experience world-class service, elegantly appointed guest accommodations, superb dining, outstanding meeting and banquet facilities, and an expert staff. ... more   less 
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