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The Franklin Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Chapel Hill
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Kure Beach, North Carolina
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Can't wait to return!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

My husband brought me here for my birthday. Stayed in a king room on 4th floor overlooking Franklin Street, Room was beautiful, romantic and very comfortable. Bathroom a bit small but did not deduct from this rating.

The breakfast among the best we ever had and part of the room rate. The staff all friendly and courteous. The trio playing jazz were phenomenal..come to find out the drummer is Bubba Norwood who played with Ike and Tina Turner, the Monkees and many other famous artists...

We are returning in the fall...looking forward to it!

Room Tip: Balcony room so can enjoy sights and sounds from Franklin Street
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jay P, General Manager at The Franklin Hotel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Hi there ivyeddy,

We appreciate your kind feedback about our hotel. I'm glad that The Franklin could be part of your positive birthday experience.

Bubba Norwood is a great drummer, and we're lucky to have him and the other musicians play in our hotel on a regular basis. The band is called the Jim Crisp trio, and Jim is the pianist.

See you in the fall!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Nice hotel in great location. Free internet - Free Parking - Free Breakfast. What's not to like? I guess the only knock I can give it is - no tub in bathroom just a shower. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jay P, General Manager at The Franklin Hotel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Dear firepatio,

We appreciate your positive recommendation about The Franklin Hotel - the internet, parking, and breakfast are three must have amenities that we believe should come with the price of the room to offer our guests the most value. Glad you enjoyed them!

I hope the lack of bath tubs in our rooms won't detract you from staying with us in the future.

Thank you for the post!
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Northeast Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Very nice hotel, the staff is amazing. Everyone was happy to help you, always a smile on their faces. Made for a pleasant 2 night stay. Was not overyly impressed with the room, but then again-only needed a bed :) The shower was okay, its nice that they are handicap accessible, but that also creates a flooded bathroom floor, water comes out of the shower and all over. Otherwise very nice hotel, right in the heart of Chapel Hill, walking distance to so many restaurants and of course the college.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jay P, General Manager at The Franklin Hotel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Deese,

Thank you for sharing your comments about The Franklin.

In our rooms with disabled access showers, we have struggled with a solution to keep the water in the right place. To allow for wheelchair access, there is no threshold or shower enclosure to keep the water in so we will need to work harder to find a better seal to prevent the water from getting out.

I'm happy to hear that you found our staff to be amazing and would like to ensure you get a room with a traditional shower enclosure on your next stay. Please feel free to call me directly when making your reservation at 919-442-4090.
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Columbia, South Carolina
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105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Enter to a beautiful boutique hotel...upscale lodging in the downtown heart of CH. definitely op for balcony room, nice size, large bath, pleasing decor, ensuite coffee, great hot breakfast in beautiful dining room.

Room Tip: Balony room
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jay P, General Manager at The Franklin Hotel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Hi there Alleycat0,

Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Glad you enjoyed our in-room amenities along with the hot breakfast. We hope you'll make another trip to Chapel Hill and The Franklin soon!
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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77 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Franklin about a year ago now and I have been meaning to write a review. The whole experience there was wonderful. The service was outstanding by the bellmen. The guy working at the counter checking us in took a long time but we got to enjoy the bar/lobby area longer so it was ok. The room looked immaculate. The bathrooms were very clean. They even put rose pedals in a heart shaped pattern for us without me even mentioning anything. The place has a classy touch at every corner. We even considered getting married there at one point. The food was great as well. I highly recommend staying there for all UNC fans, visitors of Chapel Hill, and for all looking for a first class experience.

Room Tip: Definitely eat at the restaurant right across the street. The front desk will make an appointment fo...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jay P, General Manager at The Franklin Hotel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Hello dstadunc,

Thanks for your comments about your stay at The Franklin Hotel. It sounds like everything went just right for you when you and your wife were here. Since you didn't end up getting married here, maybe we can host you for an anniversary celebration one year!

Hope to see you again soon!
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

My wife and I planned a trip to NYC for our 20th anniversary that was cancelled at the last minute due to weather, cancelled flights, etc. We decided to do an impromptu trip over to Chapel Hill for the night. I booked a room at the Franklin Hotel. I stay at nice hotels all over the world for work and this one ranks right up there. Right on Franklin St, great service and a very nice room. After dinner and a walk on campus we returned to the room to find a bottle of champaign on ice and a card signed by everyone working at the hotel.

Breakfast included is very nice. Only thing I would do different is not book the balcony room. It has a four-foot concrete wall so you can't see Franklin Street if you are sitting at the table. Minor point but I always try to provide a balanced report. Great place with great service. Planning our next trip already.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jay P, General Manager at The Franklin Hotel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Dear Winston34,

Thanks for your comments about your stay with us in June. I can imagine how frustrated you must have been when your NYC trip got cancelled, so we were thrilled to step in and host you as an alternative.

You make a good point about our balconies - the walls make it difficult to enjoy the view when sitting at the current furniture arrangement. We are considering some touches to all balconies that would enable guests to use them more fully, and some taller furniture near the railings and walls is something we are considering. I hope we can have that addressed by the time of your next visit so you don't have to avoid the balcony room.

Again, we appreciate your feedback as it helps make the experience better for everyone!
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Chapel Hill, NC
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27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

With friends visiting from Australia, we took a mini vacation from our home and booked 2 rooms at The Franklin Hotel, downtown Chapel Hill. The hotel is beautiful, quiet and elegant; the rooms offer a serenity through muted wall colors and luxurious bedding. The bathrooms are a good size with plenty of counter space for "stuff". Included in the room price is a complete made to order breakfast with many selections - definitely worth it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jay P, General Manager at The Franklin Hotel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
LucyLuChapelHill_NC,

We're glad that we could be the retreat you were looking for on your mini vacation. We're honored that you trusted us enough to host your friends who were visiting all the way from Australia, and hope to see you again soon!
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Address: 311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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Location: United States > North Carolina > Chapel Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Chapel Hill
#1 Business Hotel in Chapel Hill
#3 Family Hotel in Chapel Hill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Franklin Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We'd love for you to stay with us whether you're in town for business or pleasure! We are the only hotel in downtown Chapel Hill, right on Franklin Street - just steps away from all the action such as UNC Chapel Hill's campus, Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, UNC Hospitals, Morehead Planetarium, Ackland Art Museum, and tons of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. Our guiding principle is to be hospitable, so we focus on our interactions with you above all else. ... more   less 
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