The Carolina Inn
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... down to Raleigh since that is where he lives. Driving down Interstate 95 on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, CJ and I got to know each other better. One thing that caught my attention about him was that he is a fun, loving, free spirited dude. Which kind of suprised me because I have met a lot of ridged people who've been through the military.
As we pulled up to his neighborhood, he asked if I wanted to have ...
The first break of today was in a town called Charleston in South Carolina after about a 2 hour drive. Brayden gave us all about 3 hours to look around the town, get lunch and go shopping if we wanted to. Charleston is definitely one of the prettiest towns in America that we've seen behind Savannah which has beautiful buildings which look British. The main income for this town is through tourism but it also has one of the best streets for shopping in the United States ...
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... counter and then fellow students and supporters joined in and took it in turns to sit at the stools. The end result was Woolworths changed their policy to let the blacks sit at the counter with the whites. But what got me was it appeared this did not come about because it was right but because the store was loosing money and they had to get people back in the store.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Carolina Inn Chapel Hill
Our room was small; the desk staff indeed indifferent; the breakfast buffet was of low-quality.
We stayed here on new years eve for a wedding and I can't say we were disappointed at all but we also weren't wowed for being such an expensive hotel. This will end up being one of my shortest reviews on Tripadvisor because I can't say anything really made me mad or really happy.
Upon arrival for a three-night stay, I was impressed by the quaintly elegant Carolina Inn. The inn is a beautiful establishment embraced by stately trees and shrubs. It's interior is enhanced with fresh floral arrangements, antique furnishings and gleaming windows. But I found its Concierge Staff a bit too intimidating. I had booked my room a year in advance so that my early request for "a quiet room with large, light-filled window views" might be honored. I guess that didn't work, because the indifferent concierge staff appointed me a cramped room containing two small, dormer-style windows. When I revisited the "stuffy" Concierge Desk, I was not too surprised that I had to plead my case for a room change. The young man, with a demeaner that matched his dark suit, finally agreed to reassign me to another room. My newly appointed room was even more bleak. This room was smaller in size and more dark because it had just one of those unfortunate dormer-style windows. And it was "noiser" due to its location right next to a storage closet being used constantly by the cleaning staff. Needless to say, I had to reacquaint myself with the Concierge Staff Down Below. They could not come up with any other options for me, so it was my suggestion to them that they reappoint the original room back to me. After spending my first three quarters of an hour at The Carolina Inn dragging my luggage around, I was finally able to settle into my "new" room. The Inn's welcome gift (a warm, really tasty chocolate chip cookie), was like sampling a consolation prize for me, even if it was stone cold by then. During my three-night stay, I couldn't help but notice that the Inn's cleaning department and other supporting cast of members were gracious, efficient and thorough. I will stay at The Carolina Inn again, but I'll be sure to telephone the Concierge Service before check-in to reconfirm my room specifications.
The best in town (forget the Sienna, which is about 3 miles away from the heart of Chapel Hilll, and has a weirdly-Vegasy feel about it). Warm chocolate chip cookies when you check in, and a nice, old fashioned southern feel.
Best Location to Franklin Street, Centered on UNC Campus
The room was quaint and very comfortable. The location is the best, one can walk downtown Chapel Hill. The service and attendance by staff was excellent. The blokes in the bar/lounge (Phillip and Chip) were excellent. Everyone extremely polite and respectful.
My one and only complaint is that I could easily hear people in the hall and the music in the room next door.
My top choice
This is my favorite hotel in Chapel Hill. It is a wonderful historical hotel located right on the UNC campus. It is only a couple blocks away from the downtown/Franklin Street area. The rooms and common areas are nicely decorated and the staff is friendly. My only complaint is that there is an industrial cleaner smell in the hallways, but is does not smell that way in the rooms. Odd. Small complaint for such a wonderful hotel. NOTE: This is a popular hotel for wedding receptions. It can be quite noisey if you have a room directly above the reception hall.
I stayed for one night on August 4th. The level of wervice was great. Afternoon tea was very nice and breakfast was wonderful. The restaurant service was very attentive. We walked to dinner from the Inn, town is just 2 blocks away with many restaurants to choose from. The local movie theater is 1 block away, very small and charming. The Inn is in the heart of The Chapel Hill campus.
Perfectly charming and relaxing
I only stayed at the Inn for one night, but I was quite pleased with the service, friendly front desk, as well as cleanliness and peacefulness of the hotel. The location is perfect - right next to the UNC campus. In addition, the town is withing walking distance, and the overall ambience is quite nice and relaxing. If you are looking for some place to relax and unwind, share some romance, or get good rest, this is perfect. I plan to stay there again.
Spring for a suite
Exceptional service with every staff member. The suite was spacious and the turndown chocolates were fantastic. No else has a location so close to Franklin St. The Southern charm was noticable in the furnishings and the history decor hanging on the walls. I would not stay anywhere else if staying in Chapel Hill.
My husband and I stayed at the Carolina Inn for Valentine's Day. The inn was heavily booked due to a college sporting event so we took the last room available which was a standard room. The public spaces in the inn are very pretty (though not stunning). However, the room was disappointing: it looked no better than a small room you might get at an airport Hilton or Sheraton. Very functional with standard hotel furniture, no pictures on the wall, bland. Also, because of the hotel architecture, the one window in our room was very small (the kind you might find in an attic) and so, consequently, the room was rather dark.