New and Unique Lodgings Create Extraordinary Stays in Raleigh, N.C.
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11am
Raleigh, NC (January 2020) – What do a vintage motor lodge, Forbes Five-Star hotel and pre-Civil War era home have in common? They are among the new and unique lodgings that make Raleigh a compelling place to stay. Details on several of the destination's independent hotels follows. For a complete list of Raleigh accommodations plus restaurants, attractions and more: visitRaleigh.com
The Longleaf Hotel: mid-century motor lodge
Opened January 21, 2020
This fully renovated 1960's motor lodge brings together vintage style and modern conveniences, delivering an experience that is altogether unpretentious, a tad swanky and entirely comfortable. The independent boutique hotel offers 56 guest rooms and a host of amenities including luxury bedding, locally stocked in-room snacks and drinks, rental bikes and electric scooters, and in a nod to nostalgia: free parking. The hotel's Longleaf Lounge is designed as "a place to share stories from the road" while sampling throw-back cocktails and 1960's-classic appetizers like deviled eggs and aspics. On-site delicatessen named (ish), slated to open late winter.
Origin Raleigh: new boutique hotel
Opening anticipated early spring 2020
Located smack-dab in the middle of Raleigh's hot and happening Warehouse District and Glenwood South neighborhood, Origin offers 126 contemporary guest rooms with locally inspired decor, hard-surface hypoallergenic flooring, spacious bathroom, and state-of-the-art technology including large-screen LED TV with Bluetooth. All-day/late-night restaurant, Good Day Good Night, offers a plant-forward and thoughtfully sourced menu designed to provide travelers with a positive approach to eating well on the road. The hotel is pet-friendly, offers special event space and plan a bike-share program for local, eco-friendly transportation.
Monfort Hall: pre-Civil War era mansion-turned-inn
Opening anticipated late 2020
Built in 1858 and one Raleigh's few grand estates to survive the American Civil War, Monfort Hall is a National and Raleigh Historic Landmark. The legendary home and its grounds are being thoughtfully restored and carefully converted into a 10-room inn that will also be available for unique gatherings and special events. Designed in the Italianate-style with classic influences, the home's centerpiece is a magnificent rotunda supported by four Corinthian columns and lit from above by a stained-glass window.
The Gables Lodge: an original 1920's "hometel"
Singer Tift Merritt has plans to bring an original Raleigh "tourist inn" back to life. The Gables Lodge was built in the 1920's as one of the area's early hometels, residential-looking neighborhood inns housing travelers at the beginning of the auto era, before motels became available. A Tudor Revival located in the city's historic Mordecai neighborhood, the renovated lodge is expected to feature 19 guestrooms, a native Piedmont garden and a garage-converted-bar.
Guest House Raleigh: historic home converted to boutique inn
An 1880's home carefully relocated, lovingly restored and entirely re-imagined, Guest House Raleigh opened late 2018 as a sleek and storied boutique hotel. Stunning common areas include the historic parlour and study, a cozy courtyard, and modern kitchen and dining room (where you'll find hot, locally sourced coffee and fresh pastries every morning). Each of the eight curated, design-forward guestrooms feature an atypically spacious bathroom.
The Mayton Inn: luxury boutique hotel
An "old soul with modern amenities," this boutique property offers the charm of an historic B&B and the amenities of a luxury hotel, with elegant gathering spaces and custom-designed guestrooms (no two alike). Tonic Rememdies spa offers a full treatment menu, and Verandah restaurant serves contemporary Southern fare in a cozy room with abundant natural light just off the hotel's verandah.
Umstead Hotel and Spa: Forbes Five-Star Hotel
North Carolina's only Forbes Five-Star Hotel, the exquisite Umstead Hotel and Spa features 150 rooms, a destination spa, naturally landscaped gardens and Five-Star Heron's restaurant offering farm-to-table cuisine. Always relevant, the hotel will complete by this summer a total renovation of all guestrooms, including new and enhanced furnishings, fixtures and floors plus updated bathrooms with such contemporary elements as electronic mirrors that automatically adjust to different light levels.
About the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh):
As the official destination marketing organization for Wake County, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh), is responsible for promoting Wake County as an attractive travel destination and enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, the organization strengthens the economic position of and provide opportunity for people throughout Wake County. Raleigh, N.C./Wake County welcomes nearly 17 million visitors annually whose spending tops $2.7 billion. The visitor economy supports more than 27,000 local jobs in Wake County and generates $268 million in state and local tax revenues, saving each Wake County household $700 in taxes annually. VisitRaleigh.com.
Jessica Holt, Visit Raleigh
Public Relations and International Tourism Manager
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