The Renaissance Raleigh at North Hills is in a brand-new, mixed-use development, with eating and shopping options footsteps from your room.
It just opened in December 2008 so there were a few "new team" missteps to be expected, mostly the interior design team's fault (poor elevator signage and some front-desk check-in fumbles). Give this hotel another month, and I am sure it will run like a swiss watch.
The rooms are beautifully appointed, with a modern color and furniture scheme. This is the first Marriott Corp. property I've EVER stayed in with zero complaint about the furniture! Perfect, finally! Internet was wireless, worked well, and free.
Room has all the expected amenities, coffee/tea in a single-use machine, good lighting, HDTV flatscreen. But what is most impressive is the bathroom....huge shower with room for two, and one of those surround-type showers, excellent lighting too. TV addicts will delight with the "magic" tv behind the mirror, so you can't miss a thing, and the bath-towels were soft and comfy.
The hotel under-markets and doesn't even mention on its website one of the best features: free access via elevator to a full-service (gym, spa, pool) Gold's Gym! And if you forget your gear, there's a Target store right next to that, or REI on the next block. This is definitely the best option around for the traveling fitness person. No cruddy hotel "fitness room" with this place!
Parking was a bit confusing, absent the proper signage, but fortunately free.
Hotel restaurant has an excellent chef de cuisine, but the servers were still in a bit of a training mode for dinner and breakfast, with a few miscues and forgotten items. Breakfast menu was moderate to pricey, so if you're not able to access the Concierge lounge's member benefits, I'd suggest the Starbucks nearby, unless you absolutely must spend $20 each for an omelette and coffee. It has to compete with the excellent restaurants in the North Hills development, such as Firebird's, so I suspect the menu will re-price itself and evolve, if the management is smart.
If you're traveling with family, or maybe have a spouse in-tow, who needs to be occupied, there is no better place in Raleigh than this option. If you're booking a reward stay, definitely pick this one over the dated and bland Raleigh Marriott Crabtree, which is the next exit up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover modern luxury among Raleigh North Hills hotels at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, mere steps from endless shopping, dining and exciting entertainment. From delightful service, to locally popular, eclectic cuisine by award winning Chef Dean Thompson, to specialty wedding services, whimsical sophistication abounds. This hotel in Raleigh North Hills is sure to please even the most discerning traveler or event planner, with plush comfort in every guest room and suite, and exclusive benefits for guests in Concierge Level rooms. Impeccable event planners will cater to your every whim in more than 8,000 square feet of function space, whether it be for your Raleigh wedding, meeting, reunion or special event. When dining at our Raleigh North Hills hotel, Flights Restaurant & Lounge is not to be missed, featuring southern fusion and more. Guests also enjoy the services and facilities of the full fitness center just next door, including swimming pool, cardio and weight rooms and fitness classes. ... more less
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