This property is a little hard to see from the highway, but it turns that into an advantage. It has a nice, quiet parklike setting with lots of greenies and growies, a relaxing spot maybe 300 yards from a busy six-lane boulevard. You can enjoy sitting outside at a picnic table or in a chaise chair.
Someday, some genius is going to come up with a brand that specializes in building an entire chain of just this sort of hotel. Dispense with the requirement that it be located on an offramp, but require that it be in the middle of four to six acres with lots of trees. Maybe you'd have to drive a little out of the way to get to it, there won't be a McDonald's or a not-all-that-good Chinese restaurant within walking distance (as there is with this one), but you'll be able to kick back and enjoy nature. Maybe put some bird feeders out, so there'd be birds chirping and singing all the time.
This property used to be a Hampton Inn (one of those exterior corridor Hampton Inns that they phased out - http://goo.gl/RQmVV - which would explain why it is now a Quality Inn), and is a nicely designed hotel, But they didn't stop there. This one, I noticed, has wood shutters on the inside of the windows, making it a little more difficult for passerby to see inside your room than it would be with just the drape. Nice touch, and not something just anyone would have thought of. I like things like that, and one of the things I don't like about franchised hotels is you don't see enough stuff that not just anyone would have thought of.
This hotel shouldn't be a Quality Inn, anyway. Quality Inn is a second-rate, class B mid-market conversion brand for a hotel that wanted to get into the Choice Hotels system but couldn't pass a punchlist to become a Comfort Inn. This hotel deserves better. Unfortunately, it has no other options unless it defects to Wyndham and becomes a Baymont Inn: the Class A mid-market brands - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, Fairfield by Marriott - won't take exterior corridor properties like this one anymore.
The shuttle service to the hospitals was very handy, particularly since public transportation to and from that part of town is crap (it's not far from I-40 between Chapel Hill and Durham, and probably considered to be on the fringe of the public transit system.)
Breakfast is attended, and by someone who is very attentive and seems to claim it as her own to good effect and to take pride in it. I like fresh biscuits on the breakfast. I would have liked to have had some sausage gravy to put on them, but that's just a personal preference. Maybe they'll like the idea and find room on the breakfast bar for a slow cooker. The breakfast was good. I should probably eat more yogurt, anyway, and stay away from things like those chocolate muffins and biscuits and gravy that add to my growing collection of shirts that don't fit as well as they used to.
Oh, and one more thing - I've seen several hotels keep chocolate chip cookies around in the evening for anyone who happens along to grab a handful of, but these people have the best chocolate chip cookies of anyone: soft-baked and fresh. I don't think even Doubletree's cookies are that good. They only put out a few at a time, to keep people like me from eating them out of house and home, but they're still quite a treat.
And they're really good about keeping a lot of bottled water around to hand out to the guests, at any time of the day or night.
The only criticisms I could make have to do with a common flaw of an older prototype, exterior corridor Hampton Inn that there's not much the management of this one would be able to do much of anything about: the double rooms seem a little on the small side. They could use an extra foot in length, but a lot of it is due to that armoire taking a lot of space because the original designers overlooked to put any other place in the room to hang your clothes. I'm still smarting a little from having gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the can, and stubbing my toes on the desk chair next to the bed.
This would be the hotel I'd pick for any visit to Chapel Hill.
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