Raleigh Marriott City Center is a good hotel for conferences at the new Convention Centre next door. The public areas inside are clean, elegant and open. The rooms are well appointed, with a nice added touch of a 37" LCD TV with a pc cable connection on the desk to connect your laptop. The bar/hotel is adequate, and served as a good after-convention meeting place with good service since we were the only ones there. Finally, on cool days, there's an indoor connection to the Convention Centre.
On the downside, outside the hotel, there's a lot of construction and not a lot of progress as yet. Getting to the rest of downtown requires walking around an active boarded up construction site which isn't a big deal during the day, but at night can be a little intimidating for tourists.
If you do venture out at night, it's about a 5 minute walk to City Market, which is a worthy destination during the week, but not so much on a Sunday night. I can recommend Woody's - a great sports bar, especially for watching college basketball.
Overall, if you're going for a conference at the Convention Centre, it's a good, convenient hotel. If not, there may be better places to stay.
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