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“A bit of southern charm on Franklin Street”
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The Franklin
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 19, 2011

This is a nice hotel on the main street in Chapel Hill. The bed was a bit soft, but AC worked well even with temperatures > 90 degrees. Staff was helpful and friendly, with a cookie at the front desk in the afternoons. The location of the hotel was ideal for checking out Franklin Street, and it was a 20-30 minute walk to Carborro.

A few downsides: the breakfast, which was include with the room, was OK (you either order an egg dish or non-egg dish such as a waffle). While I have had had worse breakfasts (see my review for the Darlington Hotel in London), the breakfast would not be worth more than $12-15. Also parking spots were limited. For my two nights, I was able to find a space at the hotel, but on more busy nights, this may have been an issue.

Overall, I was happy with my stay at the Franklin and would return in the future.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

Having never been to North Carolina, much less UNC, we definitely picked The Best Hotel to call home while visiting Chapel Hill. One of the only 2 "on campus" hotels, The Franklin is in the middle of all the action on Franklin street as well as walking to the campus. This is every bit as nice as a 5 star Ritz, with enormous rooms, free parking and wifi, and a wonderful made to order breakfast in their beautiful Windows Restaurant, also included in the price of the room.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

This is a very nice hotel with a delightful staff that aims to please. The room was clean maid service was good, bath products to match any 4 or 5 star hotel I have ever stayed in. I would recommend this to anyone staying in Chapel Hill. Hotel value was good particularly with the full breakfast offered.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

I loved my stay at the Franklin Hotel. The room felt elegant, comfortable and was very quiet. The bed was extremely comfortable!

There was ample free parking, secured by a gate. The free breakfast was served in a pleasant room and tasted fine.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 10, 2011

I spent a night at The Franklin when in Chapel Hill for business. It is a beautiful hotel, with a friendly staff. The room was very nice, with good space for work and relaxation. My colleague was so pleased with the bathroom products that she asked for an extra set, which they were happy to provide.

I was particularly taken with the bar; really great selection, nice bartender. Also, the free included breakfast is actually a real sit down breakfast, not a buffet.

My only concern with the hotel was the fact that I could hear the TV in an adjacent room. Not sure if the person had the TV up very loud, or what, but it was clearly noticable.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

Staff is very friendly and helpful, room was immaculate with huge balcony, music system throughout, huge shower could fit a a family. Best hotel in the area!

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

The downtown location was great- we were able to walk to restaurants and shopping. All of the staff were courteous and quite helpful. The room itself was nicely decorated, the bed was extremely comfortable, and the huge shower was superb. Breakfast was delicious and included in the room rate. I also appreciated the free wifi and parking. I will definitely stay here the next time that I visit Chapel Hill, and I would highly recommend this hotel to others!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Franklin

Address: 311 W Franklin St, 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
#2 Business Hotel in Chapel Hill
#3 Family Hotel in Chapel Hill
Price Range: $180 - $644 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Franklin 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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