Located in the historic district of Chapel Hill, The Carolina Inn was built in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill. Arthur C. Nash designed the inn and termed the building style "Southern Colonial" for its Georgian, Neoclassical and European influences. From the day it was opened, the inn has been a gathering place for students, faculty, returning alumni and local townspeople. After operating the inn as a private enterprise for a decade, Hill donated the property to the University in 1935, with the stipulation that after meeting expenses, the profits generated by the facility should go to support the University Library. In 1995, The Carolina Inn was completely refurbished and 56 rooms added, yet it still preserves its trademark atmosphere of charm and hospitality.
The Carolina Inn has long been known for hosting memorable events from wedding parties and class reunions to charity balls and gala receptions, from academic conferences to corporate and professional meetings. The inn has a total of 13,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, three ballrooms with seating for up to 350, intimate parlors with fireplaces, outdoor courtyards, modern executive rooms, on-site conference services and audio-visual support.
The Carolina Inn sits at the steps of the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. It is one block from the charming shops and restaurants in town center. Golf and tennis are available nearby, and both Greensboro and Raleigh airports are very close. The Playmakerís Repertory Theater, North Carolina Botanical Gardens, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Stadium and Ackland Art Museum are all within five miles; Duke University is less than 25 miles away. The Carolina is is located 15 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
The Carolina Inn offers a total of 184 beautifully appointed guestrooms; 169 of the guestrooms have one or two queen size beds, there are eight ADA-compliant guest rooms, five luxury suites with a hospitality parlor, and two VIP suites with upgraded amenities and furnishings. All rooms includes iron & ironing board, coffee maker, on-command movies, Nintendo, WebTV, two two-line phones, electronic locks, voice mail, dataports, ironing boards, hair dryers, room service, USA Today delivery Monday through Friday, turndown service and windows that open for fresh air.
The Carolina Innís Crossroads Restaurant is a rare Southern jewel, joining the graceful traditions of the South with progressive new American cuisine to create one of the finest dining experiences in town. Guests can start with a drink while sitting in a leather chair next to a fireplace in the bar and then move to the charming dining room for dinner and dessert exquisitely prepared by the hotelís Executive Chef Brian Stapleton, who earned his degree from the California Culinary Institute in 1983. In 1995, he became the executive chef at Il Palio, located in the Siena Hotel. In 1999 he was tapped as the Triangle Chef of the Year. Shortly thereafter he moved to Crossroads Restaurant, where he continues to satisfy and astound diners. Menus change seasonally to emphasize the local and regional trends and to incorporate the freshest ingredients.
In addition to its well-appointed guest rooms the Carolina Inn offers same-day dry-cleaning services on Monday through Friday, valet parking, full concierge service, a gift shop, room service, a fitness center and easy access to the entire campus of UNC Chapel Hill.
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Total Sq. Ft. of Meeting Space
13,000 sq. ft.