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The Carolina Inn Named "Best of the South 2009" for Meetings

Named by Meetings South Magazine

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (September 4, 2009) – The historic Carolina Inn has been named by Meetings South Magazine as “Best of the South 2009” among the 50 hotels and resorts recognized in the trade publication’s September issue. It was among only five recipients from North Carolina.

Meetings South Magazine polled its meeting planner members earlier this year to determine the best meetings properties in the South based on the following criteria: quality of meeting space; guest rooms; guest services and amenities; food and beverage service; the efficiency and helpfulness of staff; the availability of technical equipment; recreational facilities and activities; and overall value and experience.

Recognized as one of America’s “cultural resources worthy of preservation,” The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Mobil Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant.

From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. As one of only four hotels in North Carolina built before 1925 to remain in continuous operation, it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon.

The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.