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The Carolina Inn

Chapel Hill , NC
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LOCATION

211 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 US (map)

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919-918-2749

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ABOUT US

The Carolina Inn has a long-standing tradition of helping brides and grooms fulfill their most cherished wedding dreams. From the exquisitely beautiful to the elegant and romantic, The... Read more
The Carolina Inn has a long-standing tradition of helping brides and grooms fulfill their most cherished wedding dreams. From the exquisitely beautiful to the elegant and romantic, The Carolina Inn has been transforming wedding fantasies into memories that live forever for more than eight decades. Providing an atmosphere of warmth and grace, the Inn’s intimate parlors, secluded courtyards and expansive ballrooms are perfect for wedding receptions or the exchanging of vows.

From the stylish Old Well Room, with its evocative Art Deco décor, especially popular for weddings, to the elegant John Sprunt Hill Ballroom, neoclassical in design, The Carolina Inn has been making wedding dreams come true since 1924. With a tradition of hosting memorable bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, champagne brunches, wedding receptions and banquets, it devotes equal care to events for ten guests or five hundred.

For many alumni and others with a fondness for the charm of historic Chapel Hill and The University of North Carolina, wedding events at The Carolina Inn are a family tradition. To learn more about our Chapel Hill wedding venues, please explore our Facilities Guide.

We have an entire staff of wedding specialists with the talent and experience to make your dreams come true including:

- Dedicated Wedding Specialists

- Master chefs & food designers

- Access to the Region's Top Floral Wedding Designers

- Personalized Attention and Service

For more information, please view our wedding brochure.

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Describe your venue:
Historic, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

REVIEWS

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Hilary
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
We had our reception in the Old Well room, and it was perfect. We had the privilege of working with Kristen, who was knowledgeable, incredibly responsive, and really nice too! We were planning from out of town, and Kristen made the whole thing very easy. She even accommodated our requests for adding a certain beer to the bar (a favorite of the groom). The service at this hotel is incredible, and the decor is so beautiful I want to move in. Our food was amazing (we did stations, which got rave reviews from guests, and the late-night snack was a HUGE hit!). If anything went wrong, I never knew about it; the event was flawless. Thank you to Kristen and all of the amazing staff at The Carolina Inn - we had the time of our lives!
We had our reception in the Old Well room, and it was perfect. We had the privilege of working with Kristen, who was Read more...
We had our reception in the Old Well room, and it was perfect. We had the privilege of working with Kristen, who was knowledgeable, incredibly responsive, and really nice too! We were planning from out of town, and Kristen made the whole thing very easy. She even accommodated our requests for adding a certain beer to the bar (a favorite of the groom). The service at this hotel is incredible, and the decor is so beautiful I want to move in. Our food was amazing (we did stations, which got rave reviews from guests, and the late-night snack was a HUGE hit!). If anything went wrong, I never knew about it; the event was flawless. Thank you to Kristen and all of the amazing staff at The Carolina Inn - we had the time of our lives! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/9/2016
5.0/5.0
The Carolina Inn made my dream wedding happen! Thank you to Kristen and Tiffany especially for being so accommodating! I could never say enough good things about the Carolina Inn, it will always hold a special place in our heart!
The Carolina Inn made my dream wedding happen! Thank you to Kristen and Tiffany especially for being so accommodating! I Read more...
The Carolina Inn made my dream wedding happen! Thank you to Kristen and Tiffany especially for being so accommodating! I could never say enough good things about the Carolina Inn, it will always hold a special place in our heart! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
5/29/2016
5.0/5.0
The Carolina Inn has been a dream to work with for my wedding in May! My wedding consultant Kristen is always available when I call and all of my questions have been answered promptly. Every time I show up unannounced to show a family member their courtyard and ballroom that I have booked they are more than accommodating and bend over backwards to make us feel welcome and like we are the most important people. Their prices were much more reasonable than I expected them to be, but that might have to do with my wedding being on a Sunday rather than a Saturday--either way they were more than affordable.
The Carolina Inn has been a dream to work with for my wedding in May! My wedding consultant Kristen is always available Read more...
The Carolina Inn has been a dream to work with for my wedding in May! My wedding consultant Kristen is always available when I call and all of my questions have been answered promptly. Every time I show up unannounced to show a family member their courtyard and ballroom that I have booked they are more than accommodating and bend over backwards to make us feel welcome and like we are the most important people. Their prices were much more reasonable than I expected them to be, but that might have to do with my wedding being on a Sunday rather than a Saturday--either way they were more than affordable. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/22/2016
5.0/5.0
For a reception venue, I honestly cannot imagine a better place than the Old Well Room at the Carolina Inn! The room is absolutely gorgeous, and you can really make it work with any color scheme. It is a classic Southern ballroom, and the black and white floors make such an amazing back drop for dance floor photos! Our guests were blown away by the beauty of the venue. In addition, the staff at the Carolina Inn are amazing - they are so hospitable, friendly, and willing to help! Our social catering manager was Kristen, and we cannot say enough about how wonderful she is to work with! We were initially working with another staff member who left right after we booked the Carolina Inn, and Kristen stepped in for our event. She was so responsive to all my emails and phone calls, and she was willing to help us with whatever she could. From helping us to find a date that worked for my out of town parents to come for the tasting, to suggestions for the welcome bags, to advice about add-ons, to helping our day-of coordinator to make sure that everything for the reception went as planned, Kristen was there for us every step of the way. Kristen helped to make sure that we had appetizers and drinks brought to us while we were doing photos during cocktail hour, and she helped to make sure we had a few moments in the Old Well Room before the guests entered to take it all in. Seeing Kristen on our wedding day really felt like seeing a best friend! Also, the food for our reception was amazing! Our guests raved about the food and were in awe that such quality could be produced in such quantity. They also loved the dessert bar and late night snack, and the staff did a wonderful job of keeping these stations stocked. Finally, 80-90% of our guests were from out of town, and about 90% of those stayed at the Carolina Inn. All our guests loved the Inn and had such a wonderful experience during their stay. The valet, front desk, and housekeeping staff are so courteous and helpful!
For a reception venue, I honestly cannot imagine a better place than the Old Well Room at the Carolina Inn! The room is Read more...
For a reception venue, I honestly cannot imagine a better place than the Old Well Room at the Carolina Inn! The room is absolutely gorgeous, and you can really make it work with any color scheme. It is a classic Southern ballroom, and the black and white floors make such an amazing back drop for dance floor photos! Our guests were blown away by the beauty of the venue. In addition, the staff at the Carolina Inn are amazing - they are so hospitable, friendly, and willing to help! Our social catering manager was Kristen, and we cannot say enough about how wonderful she is to work with! We were initially working with another staff member who left right after we booked the Carolina Inn, and Kristen stepped in for our event. She was so responsive to all my emails and phone calls, and she was willing to help us with whatever she could. From helping us to find a date that worked for my out of town parents to come for the tasting, to suggestions for the welcome bags, to advice about add-ons, to helping our day-of coordinator to make sure that everything for the reception went as planned, Kristen was there for us every step of the way. Kristen helped to make sure that we had appetizers and drinks brought to us while we were doing photos during cocktail hour, and she helped to make sure we had a few moments in the Old Well Room before the guests entered to take it all in. Seeing Kristen on our wedding day really felt like seeing a best friend! Also, the food for our reception was amazing! Our guests raved about the food and were in awe that such quality could be produced in such quantity. They also loved the dessert bar and late night snack, and the staff did a wonderful job of keeping these stations stocked. Finally, 80-90% of our guests were from out of town, and about 90% of those stayed at the Carolina Inn. All our guests loved the Inn and had such a wonderful experience during their stay. The valet, front desk, and housekeeping staff are so courteous and helpful! Read less
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Mek
Wedding:
4/2/2016
5.0/5.0
The Carolina Inn is a great choice for a wedding! The ambiance is perfect with a comfortable lobby, beautiful grounds, an excellent restaurant onsite (Crossroads) and convenient location to Franklin Street. The staff at the Inn are helpful and friendly and made our stay amazing. The wedding ceremony and reception were so incredible! The Chancellors' Ballroom was beautiful and the ceremony in the Anne Hill courtyard was magical. Kristen Prescott, our event coordinator was great to work with and very helpful throughout the planning and implementing a wonderful weekend. The only issues we had were a forgotten microphone at the ceremony although it didn't seem to make that much difference and the wait staff cleared our plates too quickly and some meals were untouched. The cake was served to all guests but was also cleared too quickly and many guests didn't even taste the cake! We would definitely recommend this venue to those searching for a high class and memorable wedding!
The Carolina Inn is a great choice for a wedding! The ambiance is perfect with a comfortable lobby, beautiful grounds, an Read more...
The Carolina Inn is a great choice for a wedding! The ambiance is perfect with a comfortable lobby, beautiful grounds, an excellent restaurant onsite (Crossroads) and convenient location to Franklin Street. The staff at the Inn are helpful and friendly and made our stay amazing. The wedding ceremony and reception were so incredible! The Chancellors' Ballroom was beautiful and the ceremony in the Anne Hill courtyard was magical. Kristen Prescott, our event coordinator was great to work with and very helpful throughout the planning and implementing a wonderful weekend. The only issues we had were a forgotten microphone at the ceremony although it didn't seem to make that much difference and the wait staff cleared our plates too quickly and some meals were untouched. The cake was served to all guests but was also cleared too quickly and many guests didn't even taste the cake! We would definitely recommend this venue to those searching for a high class and memorable wedding! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
3/12/2016
5.0/5.0
Ever since I saw the Carolina Inn, I absolutely fell in love with it and knew I wanted to get married there. I was a little concerned about pricing, but they are very flexible and offer so many different options. It would be a mistake to overlook them if you are concerned about price. Tiffany was out designated planner, and she was so enjoyable to work with. She was on top of everything, and we met with her several times before the wedding to make sure that we understood our packages and how everything would work the day of. The Bridal Showcase that they put on is just amazing, and that is where you do your tasting. It allows you to see the stations fully set up, in-action so that you can get a feel for what they will be like at the event. We really enjoyed that. The food was amazing, and the setting couldn't have been more beautiful. They just re-did the sod in the courtyard and planted their spring flowers, so everything was blooming and perfect. The hotel staff was above and beyond to make us feel special that weekend, and like we were the only guests there. I am so glad we chose the Carolina Inn for our big day, and we wouldn't change one thing about the weekend!
Ever since I saw the Carolina Inn, I absolutely fell in love with it and knew I wanted to get married there. I was a Read more...
Ever since I saw the Carolina Inn, I absolutely fell in love with it and knew I wanted to get married there. I was a little concerned about pricing, but they are very flexible and offer so many different options. It would be a mistake to overlook them if you are concerned about price. Tiffany was out designated planner, and she was so enjoyable to work with. She was on top of everything, and we met with her several times before the wedding to make sure that we understood our packages and how everything would work the day of. The Bridal Showcase that they put on is just amazing, and that is where you do your tasting. It allows you to see the stations fully set up, in-action so that you can get a feel for what they will be like at the event. We really enjoyed that. The food was amazing, and the setting couldn't have been more beautiful. They just re-did the sod in the courtyard and planted their spring flowers, so everything was blooming and perfect. The hotel staff was above and beyond to make us feel special that weekend, and like we were the only guests there. I am so glad we chose the Carolina Inn for our big day, and we wouldn't change one thing about the weekend! Read less
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Aggie
Wedding:
10/30/2015
5.0/5.0
The Carolina Inn made our wedding dreams come true, and I honestly can’t think of a better venue in North Carolina that can rival them. The Inn itself is absolutely gorgeous, and my guests loved the guestrooms and the atmosphere, especially the delicious chocolate chip cookies! My girls and I stayed and got ready in the Premier King Suite along with a connecting room, and I totally recommend doing that! It made for great pictures and we were able to relax and have plenty of space! I did a lot of research into venues across the state, and when it came down to what was offered for what price, The Carolina Inn was the best value by far. With the Inn, you know exactly what you’re getting up front and for how much as they do package pricing and only a food and beverage minimum for the different ballrooms - all of which I thought were reasonable for what we got. The wedding planners and catering manager (Melissa, Kristen, and Samantha) were great at answering my endless amount of questions and very accommodating to all my requests and last minute changes. They really work hard to make sure you get what you want for your big day. I found that everyone at the Inn, from the service staff to the managers, went out of their way to create a wonderful experience for us. The food was absolutely phenomenal. We had a station plus appetizers for cocktail hour and then a plated meal. All the guests could not stop raving about how delicious everything was and how they thought it was the best wedding they’ve been to! Picking The Carolina Inn was the best decision we made during wedding planning!
The Carolina Inn made our wedding dreams come true, and I honestly can’t think of a better venue in North Carolina that Read more...
The Carolina Inn made our wedding dreams come true, and I honestly can’t think of a better venue in North Carolina that can rival them. The Inn itself is absolutely gorgeous, and my guests loved the guestrooms and the atmosphere, especially the delicious chocolate chip cookies! My girls and I stayed and got ready in the Premier King Suite along with a connecting room, and I totally recommend doing that! It made for great pictures and we were able to relax and have plenty of space! I did a lot of research into venues across the state, and when it came down to what was offered for what price, The Carolina Inn was the best value by far. With the Inn, you know exactly what you’re getting up front and for how much as they do package pricing and only a food and beverage minimum for the different ballrooms - all of which I thought were reasonable for what we got. The wedding planners and catering manager (Melissa, Kristen, and Samantha) were great at answering my endless amount of questions and very accommodating to all my requests and last minute changes. They really work hard to make sure you get what you want for your big day. I found that everyone at the Inn, from the service staff to the managers, went out of their way to create a wonderful experience for us. The food was absolutely phenomenal. We had a station plus appetizers for cocktail hour and then a plated meal. All the guests could not stop raving about how delicious everything was and how they thought it was the best wedding they’ve been to! Picking The Carolina Inn was the best decision we made during wedding planning! Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
10/11/2015
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding ceremony and reception at the Carolina Inn, and it was absolutely the most perfect day ever. The staff there is perfectly professional, organized, and friendly. Planning was easy, and the cost stayed within the budget we discussed. There were no problems with communication or scheduling meetings, and definitely no hidden or surprise costs! On the day of the wedding, I was shocked at how calm I was, and how relaxing the entire day felt. It unfolded perfectly around me, while I sipped mimosas and got ready with my bridesmaids. I would definitely recommend reserving a king suite and getting ready there - our room was beautiful and comfortably fit my entire bridal party for hair and makeup on the day of the wedding. I worked with Samantha Mead (catering manager at the Carolina Inn) and Mackenzie Williams (a Southern Soiree), and both of these ladies are fabulous at what they do. My family and friends have had nothing but great things to say about the wedding, and I could tell everyone was having a great time. If I could do it all over again, I would choose the Carolina Inn without hesitation, and I would highly recommend them to anyone!
I had my wedding ceremony and reception at the Carolina Inn, and it was absolutely the most perfect day ever. The staff Read more...
I had my wedding ceremony and reception at the Carolina Inn, and it was absolutely the most perfect day ever. The staff there is perfectly professional, organized, and friendly. Planning was easy, and the cost stayed within the budget we discussed. There were no problems with communication or scheduling meetings, and definitely no hidden or surprise costs! On the day of the wedding, I was shocked at how calm I was, and how relaxing the entire day felt. It unfolded perfectly around me, while I sipped mimosas and got ready with my bridesmaids. I would definitely recommend reserving a king suite and getting ready there - our room was beautiful and comfortably fit my entire bridal party for hair and makeup on the day of the wedding. I worked with Samantha Mead (catering manager at the Carolina Inn) and Mackenzie Williams (a Southern Soiree), and both of these ladies are fabulous at what they do. My family and friends have had nothing but great things to say about the wedding, and I could tell everyone was having a great time. If I could do it all over again, I would choose the Carolina Inn without hesitation, and I would highly recommend them to anyone! Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the Carolina Inn and it was picture-perfect! The Bryan courtyard was great for our intimate wedding, and the Chancellors Ballroom was beautiful for our reception. Everything ran smoothly, the food tasted great, and Kristen P (catering manager) was extremely helpful and fast at responding to any questions we had. We love the Carolina Inn!
We had our wedding at the Carolina Inn and it was picture-perfect! The Bryan courtyard was great for our intimate wedding, Read more...
We had our wedding at the Carolina Inn and it was picture-perfect! The Bryan courtyard was great for our intimate wedding, and the Chancellors Ballroom was beautiful for our reception. Everything ran smoothly, the food tasted great, and Kristen P (catering manager) was extremely helpful and fast at responding to any questions we had. We love the Carolina Inn! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/7/2015
5.0/5.0
We just had our wedding at the Inn earlier this month, and I'm still smiling!!!!! The Inn was the most beautiful/amazing/afforable/unique venue I've ever seen- and I've been to a million weddings!!! We had the best service from them, seriously from the valet guys, to the maids, to the restaurant, to the Catering Manager (Tiffany!) and the front desk staff, the service was absolutely top notch. Erin McClean Events was teamed up with them too for our ceremony and the coordinator was incredible- she made everything run so smoothly with Tiffany, they were the dream team, I worried about nothing!

We had a wedding of about 100 people and the Inn was more than accommodating at every turn (even for picky guests) and did everything with a smile on their faces. I would do the whole thing again tomorrow.

The food was so good, the set up and pictures came out incredible, the linens were affordable, the drinks were affordable, and everyone LOVED being there!!! Could not have picked a better location for our special day, and cannot wait to spend a lifetime making memories of going to spend a week on our anniversary! plus bring our kiddos back there some day! Such a landmark in Chapel Inn and well known everywhere. I live in Charlotte and didn't know much about Chapel Hill when we picked the Inn (I was living in Raleigh for work when we got engaged and found the Inn) and was floored by how wonderful it was compared to Charlotte venues, including the pricing being better! It was a no-brainer from the beginning. If you're looking to get married in Chapel Hill- this is the place to do it. If you're having 50 people, or 300 people, you will not be disappointed.
We just had our wedding at the Inn earlier this month, and I'm still smiling!!!!! The Inn was the most Read more...
We just had our wedding at the Inn earlier this month, and I'm still smiling!!!!! The Inn was the most beautiful/amazing/afforable/unique venue I've ever seen- and I've been to a million weddings!!! We had the best service from them, seriously from the valet guys, to the maids, to the restaurant, to the Catering Manager (Tiffany!) and the front desk staff, the service was absolutely top notch. Erin McClean Events was teamed up with them too for our ceremony and the coordinator was incredible- she made everything run so smoothly with Tiffany, they were the dream team, I worried about nothing!

We had a wedding of about 100 people and the Inn was more than accommodating at every turn (even for picky guests) and did everything with a smile on their faces. I would do the whole thing again tomorrow.

The food was so good, the set up and pictures came out incredible, the linens were affordable, the drinks were affordable, and everyone LOVED being there!!! Could not have picked a better location for our special day, and cannot wait to spend a lifetime making memories of going to spend a week on our anniversary! plus bring our kiddos back there some day! Such a landmark in Chapel Inn and well known everywhere. I live in Charlotte and didn't know much about Chapel Hill when we picked the Inn (I was living in Raleigh for work when we got engaged and found the Inn) and was floored by how wonderful it was compared to Charlotte venues, including the pricing being better! It was a no-brainer from the beginning. If you're looking to get married in Chapel Hill- this is the place to do it. If you're having 50 people, or 300 people, you will not be disappointed. Read less
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