A stay at The Franklin Hotel places you in the heart of Chapel Hill, convenient to Morehead Planetarium and University of North Carolina. This hotel is within close proximity of UNC Medical Center and Kenan Stadium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 67 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Rooms have private furnished balconies where you can take in city views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch LCD televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature makeup/shaving mirrors and complimentary toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness facility. This Victorian hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Chapel Hill? This hotel has 2250 square feet (209 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom and banquet facilities. Free parking is available onsite.
Chefs at Tandoor Indian Restaurant draw on the culinary traditions of India's northern Punjab region, an area known for complex flavors and vibrant presentation. Though lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, and meat samosas have always been a staple at the eatery, a recent renovation has reinforced the feeling of stepping onto another continent. “Following the aroma of classic Indian spices you arrive at a completely refurbished place,” says the Chapel Hill News, “filled with mythological art and sculpture, newly painted doorways, metal bird sculptures and butterfly topiaries as well as new booths, rugs, curtains, covers and cushions.”
The lilting, tangled choruses of Bollywood videos drift from televisions above the paisley booths. In the kitchen, chefs work quickly around a clay tandoori oven filled with licking flames, much like a pyromaniac’s vacation slideshow. Mango-chutney cheesecake and other colorful dishes match a dining room, which the Independent Weekly says “is filled with vibrant colors inspired by owner Binda Bhupal's homeland: mango orange, Kashmiri hot pink, Bombay yellow, peacock blue.”
At Mint Indian Cuisine, it's the smallest parts of the dish that matter—the spices. With marinades, chefs infuse their meals with loud or subtle flavors that ring through the mouth like edible symphonies. A secret mixture of Indian seasonings soaks into their signature dish, the Mint chicken kebab, for a full night before the food gurus heat it in the tandoor oven. That oven also pours out freshly baked naan, which meets the standards of full flavor by donning layers of garlic or rosemary. Pounded spices accompany handpicked spinach and seasonal ingredients in vegetarian platters, which act as zestier alternatives to meat than imaginary steaks.
With so many herbs and flavors at its disposal, the kitchen experiments with Indian staples and more obscure dishes alike. Chefs cover the chicken tropical tang, for example, with a raw mango paste and a light coat of spices, simultaneously evoking and augmenting West Indian traditions. Guests can sample this and other dishes that range from fiery to sweet while live sitar music spreads a sense of serenity throughout a dining room accented by white tablecloths.
Tony, the owner of Bandido's Mexican Caf?
, learned the tricks of the trade while working at his family?s Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Today, he and his wife own and operate two Bandido?s locations, which serve sizzling fajitas, crisp tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, or saut?ed spinach. The Herald-Sun's readers praised Bandido's as the Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009, and the restaurant returns the favor by awarding individuals who finish the El Gigante burrito?a massive compilation of steak and chicken fajitas, rice, black beans, and shredded cheese?with a T-shirt and gentle pats on the back. The restaurant often hosts live entertainment, and the Hillsborough location supplements its selection of lunch and dinner fare with a Sunday brunch menu served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Antique Turkish tapestries hang from Talulla’s deep red walls, beaming down on tabletops and ornate cushions. The restaurant’s plush decor and vibrant music creates a suiting backdrop for its menu of bold Turkish flavors. Talulla’s chefs draw from ancient Ottoman recipes to prepare small plates of hot and cold mezzes and exotic entrees of meats, vegetables, and seafood in traditionally healthy Mediterranean cooking methods. Meanwhile, bartenders dole out glasses of fine wine, imported beer, and seasonal cocktails. The restaurant even offers a complimentary valet service, conveniently parking customers’ cars or toy red wagons that customers like to pretend are their cars.
The Tedesco family draws upon freshly sliced meats and ingredients from local producers in a kitchen that fills with a jangling symphony of pots and pans. As they work, scents roll into the dining room, hinting at lobster ravioli, blackened salmon, and thin-crust Brooklyn-style pizzas. Bartenders dole out cups of wine and imported beers from brands including Peroni, and delivery drivers rush past, bearing bruschetta and shrimp scampi to diners staying in for the evening or pretending that they aren’t stuck in a hammock.