The Chapel Hill University Inn is a convenient hotel close to the University of North Carolina campus. However there is nothing that sets this hotel apart, and there are little things that could use improvement. There is a sports theme to the hotel, and is popular around game days. The hotel is located across the street from a shopping center and several restaurants.
Check-in is fast, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. There is free coffee and snacks in the lobby. They also sell UNC memorabilia, however I don't know what their prices are like compared to elsewhere. There is ample parking around the hotel, so you can practically park in front of your room. However I don't know if it is an issue of small spaces or people just don't understand the idea of the two white lines, as you will find a lot of cars taking up two spots.
Where the hotel could use some work is with the room. I had a handicap assessable room (the only nonsmoking room available) on the ground floor. Fortunately I didn't need the features, as the handicap parking was off to the side and not in front of the room. Upon first impression, the room looked nice. However by the second night it became apparent what the issues were. The bathroom mirror is slanted to the side and not directly in front of the mirror. You basically hand to take a step to the left to look into the mirror and back to use the sink. For a handicapped person this could pose a problem. Also, you had to force the door to the bathroom closed past the bed. The door wouldn't close without force against the mattress. There was also a musty smell to the bathroom that you couldn't really get rid of. The pillows were a little too big for my liking, which made sleeping a problem. Noise however is not an issue, even being next to the highway.
The hotel has a shuttle to the UNC campus, but doesn't run on game days. However there is a shuttle service leaving from the University Mall by Dillard's for $5 round-trip. There is also a restaurant co-located with the hotel, the Time-Out Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. However there is no free breakfast for staying at the hotel.
While there were no major concerns, the University Inn is not one that I'd likely stay at again unless there were no other options available. If you can get a good price, than it might be worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chapel Hill University Inn is known as the “Home of the Sports Experience” and is proud to showcase the winning traditions of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. This sports themed hotel is the only full-service moderately priced hotel in Chapel Hill. The hotel is within walking distance to Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, SteinMart, shopping, more restaurants, and drug/ grocery stores. Hotel is located just 2 miles from UNC and downtown Franklin Street.Guests will enjoy complimentary Wireless internet access throughout hotel and in guest rooms. Other amenities includes: Free access to Kinetix Health Club and on site fitness center, business center, outdoor pool, and guest laundry facilities. Complimentary gourmet coffee is available 24/7 in the lobby. Hotel has a relaxing courtyard with covered seating and Adirondack chairs, as well as a gas grill and picnic area. Daily local shuttle service is provided to designated stops on UNC campus, UNC Hospitals, Franklin Street, the Friday Center and University Mall. Time- Out Sports Bar and Restaurant is on site. Watch any sports event on one of the 17 HDTV’s, play pool or video games. Open for breakfast and dinner, and will soon be opening for lunch. Time-Out is home of the famous Chicken and Cheddar Biscuit and was featured on Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food show. Room service is also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chapel Hill University Hotel Chapel Hill
- Holiday Inn Chapel Hill
- Chapel Hill Holiday Inn