Built on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1924, The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” Almost a century later, the award-winning property delivers on that mission more than ever.
The AAA Four Diamond Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites and 14,000 sq. feet of unique meeting and event spaces, with an additional 15,000 square feet of outdoor venues.
The Carolina Inn has undergone seven major renovations in its storied 89-year history, and each has left its own distinct stamp on the beloved hotel, but in many ways this 4.5-year renovation is the most comprehensive and most exciting. Along with completely remodeling the guestrooms and extensively renovating the function rooms and public areas, much of the Inn’s infrastructure has also been updated.
“Aesthetically the renovation has achieved a remarkable balance between the historical elements of the Colonial Revival style, dating to 1924, and contemporary style in fresh paint colors and vibrant, luxurious fabrics,” said Dr. Kenneth Zogry, historian of The Carolina Inn since 1998 and author of The University’s Living Room: A History of The Carolina Inn. “Many of the Inn’s treasured antiques and works of art are featured in new settings that celebrate both the past and the present.”
Added General Manager Jack Schmidt, “The result is that The Carolina Inn is ready to provide everything for the comfort of the 21st century guest, in a unique atmosphere that reflects the rich history of both the hotel and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the nation’s great public universities.”
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Carolina Inn recently won a “Best Practices” Award from the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America Program for its extensive new historical displays, an integral part of the recently completed renovation.
The displays relating to UNC history are the most extensive anywhere on campus. In the public areas these include some 90 student-drawn cartoons from The Daily Tar Heel over the past 70 years, lining the walls of the newly renovated Carolina Crossroads Bar. Throughout the guestroom corridors and lounges are nearly 700 images and brief biographies of noted UNC alumni, faculty, and landmarks.
The attention to detail in the newly renovated Carolina Inn makes it not just a hotel, but truly a destination for travelers, UNC alumni, weddings, meetings and corporate events.