This easygoing hamlet is the ultimate college town. Book a stay in our Holiday Inn® Chapel Hill hotels and stroll one of the country’s oldest university campuses, see the stars in the Morehead Planetarium, and savor Southern fried chicken in classic soul-food joints.
As a guest at our hotels in Chapel Hill, you can settle in to the city’s leisurely pace on shady, small-town streets. Founded in 1795, the University of North Carolina is the oldest public university in the United States and one of the prettiest. Take a free tour of the rolling green campus dotted with lofty oaks. In the heart of the campus is the 1851 Playmakers’ Theater, used by Union soldiers as a horse stable during the Civil War. At the campus’ east end, you can explore the galaxies at Morehead Planetarium, where NASA astronauts studied celestial navigation. Franklin Street stretches the length of the campus; slip into one of the vintage booths at the Carolina Coffee Shop, where students have been grazing since 1922. From our hotels in Chapel Hill, it’s easy to get around: free public buses serving Chapel Hill and the university run regularly.
From the comfort of our Chapel Hill hotels, you can dine upscale or down, from refined shrimp and grits at Crook’s Corner to country ham and collard greens at Mama Dip’s. It’s easy to find plenty of solid eateries priced for student budgets. Nearby is Fearrington House, a culinary star in a bucolic dairy-farm setting. After dinner, check out the night’s entertainment at Cat’s Cradle, a venerable music venue catering to the college crowd and visitors alike.
Book a stay at our Chapel Hill hotels to enjoy this quintessential college town, whether you’re here for a fall football game at Kenan Stadium or admiring dogwoods abloom in spring.