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“Awesome. If you get a chance to stay here, take it.”
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Rizzo Center
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Chapel Hill
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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“Awesome. If you get a chance to stay here, take it.”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

Food is out of this world, both in quality, variety and quantity. Nice, quite, clean rooms with excellent furnishings. Nice amenities - fitness center, printer, wireless or wired internet, sports bar, pantry with coffee, softdrinks and ice cream. Beautiful grounds.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

We went to Chapel Hill and tried for weeks to get two rooms at Carolina Inn (our son studied at the NCU and we came to see the place). No reply from Carolina Inn. Instead we booked Rizzo. And what a beautiful place! We stayed in 2 rooms in the main building - a fantastic old house with a magnificent hall, carefully restored and furnished just like in the old days. Large pretty old-school rooms. Wonderful breakfast. Great service. Full of atmosphere. Stay here! It's a little out of town - a mile or so from the main street. But if you have a car, no problem. You'll love it!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2012

Rizzo conference center is designed for small groups to have a quiet, comfortable, uninterrupted meeting, and succeeds admirably. Located on a knoll overlooking the Chapel Hill suburbs, and close to both Duke and UNC, Chapel Hill, it is about a 20 minute cab ride from the Durham-Raleigh airport. The main meeting building houses comfortable, quiet, hotel-style rooms, a small bar/lounge, and various sizes of meeting rooms. Several other buildings close by offer buffet dining, added meeting space, and a pool area. I have been to two meetings here, and they were both run perfectly. Food services are very good: food is tasty, fresh, varied, and there are plenty of healthy choices (as well as to-die-for desserts). Rooms are medium size, include a nice desk with free wi-fi (throughout all the buildings), a comfortable king bed, well-lit, modern bath, and a good flatscreen TV (if you have time to use it). There is a small snack bar to satisfy midnight cravings, and a small business center if you need to print something. You can easily walk to a local park and walking trails, and also to the UNC fitness center, where you can get temporary use privileges. Staff is unobtrusive, but very responsive. They have a van for local transportation needs. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms, but ones on the ends of the halls are slightly quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Lewisville, Nc 27023
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

My son and I stayed at the Rizzo just prior to freshman orientation at Carolina. The room exceeded our expectations in size, decor, amenities and cleanliness. The workout room was superb for a hotel and the snack kitchen on our floor was filled with a variety of complementary selections, including a freezer filled with treats such as Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Breakfast was included and was served at the DuBose home on-site. The food and service was fabulous; still thinking about those cheese blintzes. I would highly recommend this hotel. I have already made reservations for the weekend of my daughter's graduation this coming May!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Raleigh North Carolina Usa
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

I have stayed twice at this destination for professional conferences. The hotels rooms are nice and comfortable and appropriate for the price. The food, however, is exceptional. Every meal, from buffets to individual dining is excellent, using local ingredients and creative approaches. The vegetable dishes are all unique and exquisite. The quality, even on the buffet is top notch. This is really one of the first conference centers I've been to where the food is far beyond conference expectations.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

The rooms are well decorated and have excellent amenities. The bed is lush and the bathroom lovely. I was there for a conference and amazed each day by the food service and staff friendliness. They have a free shuttle that will take you around Chapel Hill. The shuttle driver, Sam, is charming and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend the Rizzo for any conference, or even just a stay over in Chapel Hill.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Aberdeen, Maryland
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Reviewed May 17, 2011

Excellent (although expensive) place to stay and attend a week of training with UNC. Rooms were very nice, with excellent service. Nicely stocked refrigerators full of free snacks (soda, ice cream.) Exercise room was large and adequate for the week, although it could use more equipment for the space. Meal package with the college was fantastic, but can make you gain 10 pounds! Business center was very small, but the many conference rooms in the hotel all had accessible internet, as did the college next door. Go if you can afford it.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Rizzo Center
Address: 150 DuBose Home Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517-8944
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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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Chapel Hill
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rizzo Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 183
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to this rare retreat, set amid 30 acres of natural woodlands. Created for the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School's executive education, Rizzo Center combines sophisticated meeting facilities with a beautiful setting and memorable Southern hospitality. ... more   less 
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