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Rizzo Center
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Chapel Hill
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Well priced, friendly staff, fun outdoor pool. Dubose house breakfast is fantastic. Free internet is a plus, snacks abound which is great for kids. We ordered room service and the food was great. Staff was accommodating and allowed us to check in early. Very pretty grounds.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

My week at the Rizzo Conference Center was a wonderful experience. I had never heard of this place before, but they were offering training that I needed for my professional development and certification maintenance. The staff was friendly and helpful, the food was excellent, and there is a fast wireless internet connection. There is a mall and several shopping areas nearby as well as running trails and a fitness center on site. There are several restaurants in the immediate area that specialize in American southern cuisine. There is also a well equipped business center as well as a common area with a refrigerator filled with various types of ice cream, soda, juice, etc.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

The Rizzo Conference Center exceeded my expectations, which is not easy to do! They made the stay comfortable and calm, and the serene garden setting away from the hubbub of Franklin Street was lovely. The shuttle into downtown Chapel Hill was easy, convenient and free. Wi-fi is included, as well as Free(!) ice cream stocked in the handy and convenient guest pantry, where you will also find complimentary coffee, tea, popcorn and beverages. They offer cookies in the afternoon and evening as well! There is a continental breakfast for those who don't want to walk a few feet to the fabulous Dubose House, literally across from the center. The breakfast in Dubose house shouldn't be missed and is included! Ask to sit on the porch next to the library and enjoy the garden setting from your table. It is lovely. The work out facility is wonderfully equipped and even has a doctor's scale for those who feel the need! The hotel and conference center is very conveniently located. The rooms were clean, bug free, with all necessary amenities. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this place for a restful and peaceful stay in Chapel Hill and would not hesitate to return!

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Greatly exceeded my expectations. Hotel, restaurant and conference facilities were great. Staff was very pleasant. Area was beatiful and close to running trails and just a few miles from downtown chapel hill. Don't miss out on the free ice cream treats on the second floor of the hotel. Only annoying thing was the super low flow shower head. It was also hard to control the temperature of the water (a very slight turn of the handle would take the water from cold to unbarably hot.

Room Tip: If I could choose I would pick the first or second floor over the B level.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

I stayed here for a recent conference and was pleasantly surprised at this facility. The rooms are clean and comfortable, if a little bit dated. The food was simply incredible, both at the mansion up the hill and in the conference center. Each floor in the housing wing also had a pantry with ice cream bars in the freezer. The bar in the basement was fun, and the room service menu was good, although limited.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Since we would be in the Chapel Hill area for a Frightened Rabbit concert we wanted to find a place to stay so we would not have to drive back home so late after the concert was over. So glad we found the Rizzo Conference Center; what a fabulous place to stay! The front desk staff were great; loved the information sheet we were given with all the hotel amenities and where/how to access them. The room was really nice, comfortable bed, and great shower. Oh yes, the guest pantry: free coffee, tea, cola, juice, water, popcorn, and ice cream. There is also a shuttle that will take you anywhere in something like a 5 mile radius. And the best part of our stay at the Rizzo was the very reasonable price!

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for the UNC - Duke basketball game. I don't really understand the glowing reviews. The room was small (but clean), but the queen bed had a springs problem and we both ended up rolling into the middle of it. The bedding included some sort of comforter/bedspread that is clearly not laundered after each guest, and a down alternative blanket between two sheets (not a duvet), leaving the blanket exposed to the guest (also likely not cleaned between each guest). The bathroom was small (but clean), with the shampoo and conditioner in dispensers on the wall. The TV reception was poor (although the TV was a flat screen). The guest pantry was convenient - but I opened a cabinet wondering if there were snacks inside - and it was filthy. There is no food service for lunch or during the day, no place for a drink before 5:30 (on this day anyway). Breakfast ended at 10 on weekends, including the weekend where Daylight Savings Time kicked in, which was too early, and we skipped it. The clock in the room magically changed time, and that created some confusion on my part as to what time it really was (a note would have been nice). The staff was very nice, as has widely been reported, but there was one big service error. We took the shuttle to and from the game, and the ride back from the game was a scary one; a packed shuttle and a young, inexperienced driver rushing to drop us off and pick up those who he left behind. He drove that van too fast, and even made a comment going up the hill. We will not return.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kristin D, Front Office Manager at Rizzo Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2013

Thank you for staying at the Rizzo Conference Center and for taking the time to give your feedback. Our guest feedback is very important to us as we can celebrate our successes and address any concerns to continue to improve our services. I would appreciate the opportunity to personally speak with you regarding your recent stay. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you were caused and hope to have the opportunity to earn back your business. If your schedule permits I am hopeful to have the opportunity to connect via phone and can be reached at 919-913-2610. I look forward to speaking you.

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Kristin Drake

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Additional Information about 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Chapel Hill
Price Range: $175 - $372 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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