If you are visiting or working in Chapel Hill for any reason, this is the place to stay. Large comfortable rooms with good beds. Furniture that does what it should. Our dresser had huge spacious drawers (I could easily have put four stacks of four or five shirts in a drawer and had room to spare). Large windows provide plenty of light. Ceiling speakers use a system that provides ambient music of your choice if you want. Thick towels, although not soft (I like them this way) are very absorbent. Plenty of hot water, although the water pressure was fair.
There is an executive center that isn't large, but has whatever you would need. the workout facility is small but with nice new equipment including treadmills, stair masters and hand weights.
Rooms run around the outside of the building leaving an open atrium on most floors, looking down onto the third floor "lobby." We stayed on the third floor and enjoyed a large living room/ private lobby with lots of sofa's thick upholstered chairs and a television. All of the third floor rooms surround this area. Although there was an event there the first day we were in, it ended at a reasonable hour and never presented a problem.
Daily breakfast includes menu service or small buffet in a comfortable room with large windows looking out on Franklin Street, an attractive, college town street with small colorful shops.
There is a bar off the lobby, also featuring lots of upholstered seating areas and a nice bar with large screen TV. There is an adequate bar menu as well.
The staff is friendly and personable without being obsequious or intrusive. Fresh baked chocolate chip or oatmeal raising cookies are there for the taking at the front desk.
Plenty of free parking in the garages with unlimited in-out use.
The location is near many excellent restaurants, shops and upscale bars.
We intend to stay here again when in Chapel Hill.
NOTE: sells out for graduation a year in advance and for most of the football season.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Franklin Hotel Chapel Hill