CHAPEL HILL – Carrboro’s first hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites, is up and running following the opening of its doors last Wednesday. General Manager Kevin Rooney says the hotel was half-booked over the Labor Day Weekend, and in less than a week of operation, the hotel is already booked for UNC Parents Weekend in September and Homecoming Weekend in November.
“We do have a few sold out games coming up already,” Rooney says. “I believe the East Carolina game is sold out as well as the Virginia game is sold-out already.”
The 142-room hotel, located at 370 East Main Street, offers prices ranging from $169 to $199 for standard rooms, and on football weekends, prices increase, ranging from $219 to $259 for standard rooms.
Rooney explains that the Hampton has a special feature which competitors, such as the Carolina Inn and the Franklin Hotel, do not have.
“We do have a great pool deck with cabanas, and it does have a fire pit, soft seating, and just upscale furniture all around the pool deck,” Rooney says. “It makes for a great resort-type feel when you do stay at this hotel. It’s [a pool] something our competitors don’t have here in this area.”
The pool deck, located on second floor, has a balcony with a partial view of Downtown Carrboro.
On opening day last Wednesday, the hotel ran a special 50 percent off deal for local residents and also welcomed local elected leaders such as Carrboro Alderman Damon Seils.
“We actually had local leaders of the community stay at the hotel for the first night, as well as different key people who were a part of this hotel being opening,” Rooney says. “Everyone had a great experience.”
Rooney says that the Hampton Inn & Suites will announce any future deals for locals on their Facebook page.
CHAPEL HILL – We’ll have to wait a little longer for Carrboro’s first hotel to open its doors, according to Kevin Rooney, General Manager for the Hampton Inn and Suites Carrboro/Chapel Hill. The plan was to open Friday, but Rooney says next Wednesday will be the official grand opening if everything goes according to schedule.
“It is just construction delays and getting the last few things situated, and getting our Certificate of Occupancy, which was issued yesterday [Thursday],” Rooney says. “We were waiting on the elevator inspection to get completed, which they were yesterday [Thursday].”
The hotel, at 370 East Main St., will have a staff of about 40. Rooney says it will bring-in out-of-town visitors for events such as UNC basketball and football games, move-in days, Homecoming, and other large-scale events.
“We’ll host weddings and different types of functions like corporate events and different types of functions. We are ready to get going,” Rooney says.
Rooney says the Hampton features small, medium and large conference rooms, named for UNC’s basketball coaches, Sylvia Hatchell, Dean Smith and Roy Williams.
Annette Stone, Carrboro’s Community and Economic Development Director, says the hotel is a perfect fit for Downtown.
“I think it will be very helpful to local restaurants,” Stone says. “Everyone is really looking forward to having to the overnight stays and the visitors so close to us. I think the visitors will love it that they can actually stay and be right there at Cat’s Cradle and the Arts Center.”
The hotel is a product of its environment, Rooney says, as it features artwork from Kalisher Art Studios, which is across the street.
“We were able to utilize all of their art work in all of our guest rooms. It’s one way that we are giving back to the community,” Rooney says.
The Hampton also has swimming pool and deck on the second floor, a feature not offered by competitors, the FrankliInn and Carolina Inn.http://chapelboro.com/news/development/carrboro-hotel-delays-opening-to-next-week