The front desk staff was very nice and welcoming. The room was well equiped with a small refrigerator, flat screen TV and free Wifi. However, the mattresses were very soft and thin, and I could actually feel the metal coils. The room could easily use some updating. The ice machine was a bit of a walk. Also, actually locating the motel can be challenging, given the way Rt.15-501 is configured. (From the interstate, you actually have to make a U-turn to get to the access road to the motel.) The motel is in close proxity to two shopping centers and a few miles away from the UNC campus. For this reason, this motel is an OK place to stay if you are visiting UNC or the shops/restaurants/bars on Franklin Street during a special events weekend. Because there are a series of other hotels that are closer, nicer and cheaper, I would not have this motel as my first, second or even third choice.
If going to Franklin Street at night, it is easier to have the front desk call a cab for you. (The front desk gave me a cabby's business card at check in.) As far as noise, there is a lot of noise early in the morning when housekeeping is rolling its carts on the concrete floor by your room.
Overall, but for the motel's location and the lack of vacancies at other hotels within the area, I would not have paid ~$90/night for this room for the Duke-UNC basketball game. Otherwise, given the quality of the room, I would have expected this room to be less than $50/night.
This is a motel. Pick a room that is close to the parking lot.
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March 18, 2013
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