I think the Renaissance brand is really a cut above the competition. The properties I’ve stayed at just seem to offer a little more in the way of style, gadgetry, comfort and service than some of the competing up-market hotel chains. The Raleigh Renaissance at North Hills has all of that at a reasonable price and in a very convenient location just north of downtown Raleigh.
WHAT WAS GOOD: The hotel is brand new and it literally glistens. Everything is clean, fresh and very much up to date….Service was outstanding. From our initial arrival at the valet, to the front desk, to the on site restaurant, Flights, to check-out, every member of the staff was friendly, accommodating and professional. Just excellent!....The adjacent Gold’s Gym provides fitness facilities and a huge pool that are way beyond what you’d typically find in a hotel property. Usage is free to guests….The hotel is the centerpiece of a modern mixed-use village consisting of retail, dining and residential facilities. The area is extremely walkable and the retail space is much more pleasant than your standard mall….Rooms offer all the amenities you’d expect in a modern upscale hotel including some surprises like the television embedded within the bathroom mirror. Sure, stuff like that is gimmicky but it’s also really fun….The hotel and surrounding mall are located in a nice part of Raleigh, just off I440, Raleigh’s interstate highway loop. It’s easy to get to and very convenient to the city as well as the surrounding areas.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: You might detect a slight bit of highway noise from the “city view” side, although it was never an issue for us. I440 lies just beyond a parking area to the rear of the property. The “city view” consists of a handful of glass towers on the distant horizon beyond I440 and the surrounding trees, so a room facing the retail village is probably a better choice.
THINGS TO KNOW: The retail village offers a surprising variety of dining options, including some taverns, an Asian fusion restaurant and several familiar national or regional chains. For dinner we settled on the hotel’s Flights, which was excellent and not unreasonably priced….Directions on the hotel’s website confused me a bit. Just exit the highway, make a right onto Six Forks Road and turn into the large mall on the left and you’ll find it….You may have to navigate some confusing hallways into Gold’s Gym to get towels for the pool. There were none on hand when we arrived….In the extremely trivial category: to really see the television in the bathroom with any clarity, you’ll need to turn the lights off. Steam from the shower will make you wonder if you’re watching a sports event or a network reality show.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Another reviewer suggested that this was the best hotel choice in Raleigh. Since I’ve never visited the city before, I can't confirm or deny that. I would bet on it however.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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