Chapel Hill University Inn

$52 for a One-Night Stay for Up to Three in a Standard King or Up to Four in a Standard Double at Chapel Hill University Inn in North Carolina (Up to $90 Value)

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Sports-Themed Hotel Close to Vibrant College Campus

Chartered as America’s first state college in 1789, the University of North Carolina is embedded in the identity of its hometown, Chapel Hill. The school’s picturesque, tree-shaded campus sits in the center of the downtown area. Multitudes of visitors visit each year to cheer on the Tar Heel sports teams, especially the men's basketball squad, which has won six national championships. The school’s familiar sky-blue banner with an interlocking NC logo hangs above the front desk at the comfy Chapel Hill University Inn, located 2 miles south of the university.

Seventeen HDTVs show all the Tar Heel games at the hotel’s adjoining Time-Out Sports Bar and Restaurant. The eatery serves standard pub fare punctuated by southern favorites, including Carolina-style pulled pork and a famous chicken-and-cheddar biscuit profiled on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Pool tables and video games fill the competitive void left behind when there is no Carolina basketball, soccer, or catfish wrestling on TV.

The inn’s clean, comfortable guest rooms overlook a central courtyard; in warm weather, guests can head to the courtyard to soak up sunshine from an adirondack chair or take a dip in the outdoor pool. Complimentary in-room WiFi makes it easy to check up on what’s going on around Chapel Hill, and a complimentary shuttle service departs every hour to designated downtown and campus sites. The hotel also grants free passes to the nearby Kinetix Health Club, which offers a full schedule of daily classes in addition to cardio equipment and weights.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Southern College Town with Lively Main Street

Locals refer to Chapel Hill "the southern part of heaven,” and it’s hard to disagree, especially on an idyllic sunny day on Franklin Street, the main campus drag. Coffee shops, cafés, and bookstores line the charming street, and green space abounds in this area, from the wide-open grassy quad areas to the university’s scenic Coker Arboretum. Diehard Tar Heel fans can take a short walk through campus to find the Carolina Basketball Museum, where artifacts, photos, and videos detail the program’s illustrious history.

Just a few minutes’ walk down Franklin Street, crowds thin and a more bohemian air takes over as Chapel Hill merges with the neighboring township of Carrboro. Travelers with access to a set of wheels or a sled pulled by a cross-country team may also want to explore the beautiful rolling farmland outside the town limits, perhaps winding up at the Maple View Farm Country Store to enjoy an ice-cream cone on its wide front porch.

What You Get

  • $52 for a one-night stay for up to three in a standard king or up to four in a standard double room

Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Complimentary local shuttle service
  • Onsite restaurant and bar
  • Fitness-center and health-club access
  • Gas grill and picnic area
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must complete travel by 6/30/12
  • Not valid 2/11, 2/18, 4/12-4/14, or 5/11-5/13
  • Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 3 per visit
  • Reservation required
  • Must cancel by 6pm on day of reservation or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Valid only for standard king or standard double room
  • 12.75% tax not included.

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How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Chapel Hill University Inn on Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. or on Saturday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.
  3. Choose a date prior to 6/30/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • One king or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3 in king rooms; 4 in double rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge
  • Cable TV
  • Complimentary WiFi

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for $10 per night
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms available upon request during booking.
  • Pet policy: pets up to 50 pounds may be added for $40 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

  • $52 for a one-night stay for up to three in a standard king or up to four in a standard double room (up to $90 a value)

Getting There

  • By plane: about 20 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
  • By transit: Triangle Transit Bus #405, East Franklin Street stop
  • By car: about 30 miles northwest of Raleigh

Traveler's Tips

  • The outdoor pool is scheduled to open on or around May 15, weather permitting.

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