We were greeted at this hotel with two admonitions - No Smoking and No Partying. Since we are both over sixty, the partying part caught us off guard and we had them repeat. Sure enough, they have this policy because this hotel is in a college town. We assured them that we did not have to leave town to "party." They offered up a couple of nice, close restaurants and we went up to our room.
We decided to use them for reservations in the closeby French restaurant. We called them to see if they could get us in at 7. An hour later no response from them, so we called and they said they had to leave a voice mail at the restaurant. Five minutes later they called to say we had our reservation. Directions would have been nice, but since we had the street number on Franklin, how hard could it be? It was hard. In something called the "courtyard" which had no sign, just a CY on the side of the building with a dozen or so places in the courtyard. The restaurant had no sign because they weren't allowed to have one, very strange - just the #10 on their door. Glad we found it; it was very good - Bonne Soiree; creative fresh food and excellent wine.
After we returned from dinner and around 9:30 we got a call from the desk asking us to return their umbrella. We had not borrowed an umbrella and then the desk clerk said "must have been someone else; what else can I do for you." ?? Well nothing I guess....
The room was very well done; big bed, lots of pillows, good sheets, nice flat screen tv, etc; however, it was very small. So that's not big deal, the balcony was great except for the smell of hamburgers from the hamburger joint, which was the view. I noticed that the air conditioning kept coming on and off in 5 minute intervals but not until we tried to watch tv did I notice that it was so loud that I had to change the volume every time it went on and off. You can imagine where I'm going with this - no, I did not sleep. By the time I dozed off the thing would come on and startle me awake. So much for the great bed.
We had breakfast there and the food was very good and reasonably priced.
We wanted to stay in this hotel becaused we had tried several in town; our daughter is a resident surgeon at UNC. We liked the location because it's pretty much in the middle of town and you can walk everywhere. The Carolina Inn was a little too "old south" for us and the chains are just the same chains. We will probably go back to the Sienna, which we do like very much.
- 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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