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Raleigh, NC: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

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The Raleigh center is around the area of Raleigh City Auditorium and the area of Shaw University.

Welcome to Raleigh, North Carolina, where tradition and progress are best friends. The city exudes a youthful verve coupled with Southern hospitality that they serve up thick and delicious just like the tangy BBQ sauce the state is known for. Whether you're looking for opportunities for outdoor exploration, enjoying collegiate athletics, or taking in the many cultural arts, this capital city doesn't disappoint. More from this guide...

Raleigh Hotels, Motels & Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh / Crabtree Valley : 3912 Arrow Dr. 3912 Arrow Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Check-in time: 3: 00 pm
Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown : 600 Glenwood Ave. 600 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27603
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 20 suites
  • Wellness & sports facilities were pleasant enough
  • Hotel condition and staff were great
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Wingate by Wyndham Raleigh South Garner - Garner 1542 Mechanical Blvd., Garner, NC 27529 ~3.23 miles south of Raleigh
  • Mid-scale Suburban property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
  • Most guests found the staff to be very friendly
  • Very good internet connection
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Best Western Edison Inn
1595 Mechanical Blvd., Garner, NC 27529 ~3.34 miles south of Raleigh
  • Low priced Convention Center property
  • Free breakfast available
  • Most guests said rooms were clean
  • Everything was clean neat and quiet
Hampton Inn Garner 110 Drexmere St., Garner, NC 27529 ~3.45 miles south of Raleigh
  • 3 star property
  • 68 rooms in hotel
  • Free breakfast buffet
  • Good service
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Raleigh at Ncsu - Raleigh 3741 Thisltedown Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • 2 conference rooms in property
  • Spotless rooms
  • For 60%, maintenance was acceptable
Very Good 4.5 /5Read Reviews Call
Courtyard Raleigh North
1041 Wake Towne Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • 153 rooms in hotel
  • Great location
  • Nice outdoor pool
Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills in Raleigh 4100 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh, NC 27609
  • Four-star Suburban property
  • 2 meeting rooms in hotel
  • Most guests said the beds were comfortable
  • Clean Rooms
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills 160 Park at North Hills, Raleigh, NC 27609
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
Residence Inn Raleigh Crabtree 2200 Summit Park Lane, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • 3-star Suburban hotel
  • 2 conference rooms in property
Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh 4100 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • For 94%, the lobby entrance was sub-standard
  • Most guests found problems with the furniture
Candlewood Suites Raleigh / Crabtree 4433 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Low-priced Downtown property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
Raleigh Marriott City Center 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
  • Most guests said rooms were clean
  • Not enough parking facilities, according to 69%
Very Good 4.0 /5Hotel Reviews Call
Red Roof Inn Plus+ Raleigh Ncsu Convention Center in Raleigh 1813 South Saunders St., Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Low Cost Downtown property
  • Free breakfast available
  • Easily accessible by car and close to the city center
  • The majority of guests complained about the bathroom
Very Good 4.0 /5Read Reviews Call
Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone University : 1707 Hillsborough St. 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27605
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00pm
  • Hotel could use some updating
  • Breakfast is average
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
Aloft Raleigh - Raleigh 2100 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
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Comfort Suites Arena - Raleigh 1200 Hurricane Alley Way, Raleigh, NC 27607
  • 3-star Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 82 rooms
  • Most guests thought, the hotel was modern
  • AC needs updating
Holiday Inn Raleigh North : 2805 Highwoods Blvd. 2805 Highwoods Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Mid-scale Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 128 rooms
  • Clean
  • Convenient to highway
Wingate by Wyndham : 2610 Westinghouse Blvd. 2610 Westinghouse Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Access to gym on-site
  • Average beds
  • Air conditioning was criticized by 65%
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
Hyatt Place North Raleigh Midtown in Raleigh 1105 Navaho Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609
  • 3 star Suburban hotel
  • 127 suites in property
  • Most guests thought they were poorly maintained
  • Spacious double room
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Hilton North Raleigh Midtown 3415 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609
  • High end Suburban property
  • Shuttle to airport available
Ramada Raleigh 1520 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Low-priced Highway property
  • 123 rooms in property
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Comfort Suites in Raleigh 1309 Corporation Pkwy., Raleigh, NC 27610
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • Hotel has 66 suites
  • Parking is rare
  • Room was clean and comfortable
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
La Quinta Inn & Suites Crabtree Mall
2211 Summit Park Lane, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • 5 floors in property
  • Housekeeping was ok, according to 50%
  • Nice swimming pool
Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh Crabtree 2201 Summit Park Lane, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Three Star Suburban property
  • 125 sleeping rooms in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
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As part of the Research Triangle (along with Durham and Chapel Hill), Raleighites are an educated group. The city is a nearly permanent resident of several “Best of” lists in reputable magazines including Forbes, Money, and MSNBC due to its business opportunities and quality of life. It's also a wonderful place to visit.

Best Time to Visit Raleigh, NC

Raleigh is delightful in all four seasons. Winters are generally short and cool; rarely frigid. Average winter temps in January are around 41 degrees. The city occasionally gets a dusting of snow. April is the driest month and is a nice time to enjoy the spring blooms. It's also the month of the Raleigh Rock 'n Roll Marathon. Book a hotel room early if your trip coincides with it.

Summers are hot and humid. July's average is around 80 degrees, but it can feel much hotter from the humidity. Fall is the driest season and offers an array of reds and golds. The city's nickname is the "City of Oaks," and at no point is the name more fitting than when those majestic trees put on their dazzling fall display.

Fall and spring are the best times to visit due to the smaller crowds (unless there's an event at North Carolina State University), moderate temps, and a host of festivals. However, if you're a basketball fan, NCSU basketball (and three other major teams within driving distance) will give you a reason to visit the city at the least expensive time. Unlike some vacation destinations, Raleigh doesn't have a season where hotels increase rates astronomically. Late fall and winter provide slight decreases in room rates, but the city is affordable year-round.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Raleigh, NC:

seasonality of hotel rates in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below we've posted 3 graphs illustrating avg. nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Raleigh, NC. Browse these illustrations to evaluate the cheapest time period to book in Raleigh for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Raleigh, NC

4 Star Average Prices: $133.66

Raleigh also has a nice choice of luxury accommodations away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The Umstead Hotel and Spa offers luxurious surroundings, which features lush, park-like grounds that spill over into the design of the hotel's interior. Its tranquil, lake-side setting makes it the perfect spot to refresh, but be ready to want to stay. The Hilton North Raleigh Midtown offers contemporary lodging and an indoor pool. It also features a bar/grill and complimentary airport shuttle. The Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel has ample room to spread out in its oversized rooms. Guests can enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and two restaurants.

If you want to stay downtown, Aloft Raleigh offers a modern, trendy setting and an outdoor pool. There are also several hotels near the convention center, including the Raleigh Marriott City Center and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Raleigh

Affordable Hotel Options in Raleigh, NC

3 Star Average Prices: $101.57

The traveler looking for even greater savings should aim to stay outside of downtown, between Interstate 440 and 540, for the best deals. There are several well-known chain hotels, including Days Inn Glenwood-Crabtree, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Quality Inn, with rooms between $50-$80 per night.

However, keep in mind the money you save on your stay may be spent paying for parking if you plan on spending a good bit of your vacation downtown. Raleigh instituted a $5 flat parking fee in the four lots downtown on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m.-7 a.m. Those who get in before 5 on Friday pay $1 per half hour, up to $12, and then $5 additionally for any time they are there after 5 p.m. Saturdays are free from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. On-street parking is free after 5.

If you don't want to worry about parking, the Days Inn Raleigh Downtown offers rooms for well under $100 a night. Kids stay free in their parents' room. Breakfast is included, and they don't charge for parking. It's less than a 10-minute walk to the North Carolina Museum of Natural History.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Raleigh

2 Star Average Prices: $75.95

2 Star Hotel Prices in Raleigh

Raleigh: Real Discounts

Raleigh is an economical town for vacation, but it never hurts to look for even deeper discounts. Most hotel chains offer a AAA discount of some sort. Government discounts are less common; perhaps being the state capital, much of their "business" is government, and hotels recognize this as a large part of the visitor population.

The Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown — Capital offers a 9 percent discount rate if you book in advance. While it doesn't offer AAA or a government discount, it is under $130 a night for a fall stay. The Days Inn Raleigh Downtown offers a AAA discount and free breakfast and Wi-Fi. If you're willing to pay at the time of booking, you'll receive an even deeper discount and pay less than $80 for the evening's stay.

Best Value Options in Raleigh, NC

The hotels around the convention center and those with meeting rooms book plenty of room blocks and offer discounts based on the size of your group. However, they also have a lot of fees like parking, breakfast, refrigerator use, and others since they largely cater to people on expense accounts. The Embassy Suites Raleigh-Crabtree is an all-suite hotel with plenty of room to stretch out. It's located in the heart of Raleigh's shopping district, offers free parking, and is less than five miles from North Hills. They have a free nightly manager's reception and a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast all for about $150 a night.

If you prefer to save even more money, staying by the airport is a good idea. The Cambria Suites Raleigh Durham Airport is an all-suites hotel located less than two miles from the airport. It has an airport shuttle service, dining options, a pool, Internet access, and a fitness center for about $80.

Top Raleigh, NC Destinations

In addition to the rich history of a state capital, Raleigh offers a number of free things to enjoy. Yes, free. The North Carolina Museum of Art is a treat for art lovers. The pieces pop against gleaming white walls of the gallery and provide an attention-grabbing contrast. The grounds play host to beautiful sculpture and lush gardens. You'll find as much beauty outside of this free museum as you will inside.

The Neuse River Trail (aka the Raleigh Greenway) meanders along the Neuse River, through wetlands and woods. It's a delightful and picturesque stretch for jogging, bike riding, or walking. Locals also love Pullen Park, which is next to North Carolina State University. Don't miss the bronze statue of “Andy and Opie” as well as the old-fashioned carousel.

It's hard to believe The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is free, and even its café offers reasonably priced items (a big contrast from most museum dining). There are fascinating local exhibits like "Coastal Carolina” and an enormous whale skeleton. Visit the "Living Conservatory" and be amazed by the beauty of the live butterflies.

One of the most enjoyable things about Raleigh is the many festivals it hosts every year. The city is known for its hospitality and sense of community, and nowhere is that more clear than in its festivals and unique outdoor events. February brings the Krispy Kreme Challenge, a delicious marriage of “physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude.” The goal is to run five miles and eat 12 doughnuts in an hour. Proceeds go to North Carolina Children's Hospital.

Raleigh has a strong shop-local movement. Every year, Shop Local Raleigh presents the Brewgaloo block party, which features dozens of breweries, food trucks, live music, and beer sold by the pint or the taste. The party goes on for two days, and it's a fabulous celebration of the city.

The North Carolina State Fair is also held in Raleigh during the middle part of October. It's a great place to enjoy the agriculture and livestock of North Carolina as well as all of those scrumptious fried, fair foods. It's the perfect venue to start stretching the stomach and getting “in shape” for the Krispy Kreme Challenge.

Raleigh's undeniable cool vibe has made it a top place to live and visit, from the trendy Warehouse district to the many craft breweries. Its vast, green expanses are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike and provide a laid-back, relaxing setting for any vacation. But, don't write off Raleigh as just a place to eat, drink, and stroll. There's plenty going on with cultural arts and four large universities in the area.

Visitors are also impressed by the many free attractions in this city. From museums to gardens, you can spend an entire weekend not paying for any entertainment here. Hotels are also extremely reasonable for a capital city in an eastern state. Whether you're looking for non-stop action or quiet, contemplative times for your next vacation, Raleigh is a good choice.

Verified reviews of the city of Raleigh

Below are reviews of the city of Raleigh, NC from an actual visitor's perspective.

Score 4.0 / 5

It was very green and beautiful, although the different neighborhoods can be hard to get to because it is so spread out. The people are really friendly as well.

Barbara B., from 07-Oct-2016
"Great, Quiet Area"
Score 5.0 / 5

Restaurants and shopping were close by quiet area

Tammy F., from 19-Sep-2016
Score 5.0 / 5

The section where we stayed was peaceful everything was in minutes of driving

Joyce C., from 24-Jul-2016
"Overall Great"
Score 4.0 / 5

Raleigh is very clean, pedestrian friendly, dog friendly. What really surprised me was courteous drivers. Well designed highway system and friendly drivers made moving around much easier than one would expect from a 2-million-people metro area.

Marty H., from 03-Jun-2016
"Great Locations, Plenty to See"
Score 4.0 / 5

This hotel we stayed at was so close to everything - a quick drive to Crabtree mall during "downtime", walking distance to so many restaurants and an easy drive to the NC Museum of Natural Science.

Teri M., from 14-Mar-2016
"Great For Business"
Score 5.0 / 5

Was only in town for business convention. Easy access to all forms of transportation

Darline G., from 09-Jan-2016
"Lots To Do!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Nice city, lots of shopping and other things to do!

Cynthia S., from 07-Jan-2016
"Good Memories"
Score 4.0 / 5

I was born there and have not seen a lot of the new changes in Raleigh, but I still enjoy visiting the area. It's great to see the city differently each time and learn more about North Carolina. I will be returning there for more stays.

Marilyn M., from 16-Jul-2015
"Nice, Inviting City"
Score 4.0 / 5

WakeMed Hospital has some very nice people working there taking really good care of my father. Also, I like the fact that I could get gas and beer at the same place.

Shirley B., from 16-Jun-2015
"Raleigh is a Lively Place"
Score 4.0 / 5

A variety of restaurants and hotels as well as shopping. It definitely has more of a college town vibe, but also family oriented.

Sonya S., from 20-Apr-2015
"Fun City Events"
Score 4.0 / 5

I went to the State Fair and really enjoyed myself!

Frederick B., from 21-Oct-2014
"Great Music Events"
Score 5.0 / 5

I was in Raleigh for the IBMA, International Bluegrass Music Association.

Grover P., from 05-Oct-2014
"Interesting History"
Score 5.0 / 5

It's so easy traveling around the city of Raleigh. It has an abundance of interesting sites and filled with history.

Linda B., from 05-May-2014
"A country feel"
Score 4.0 / 5

The shops are very unique with reasonable prices. A country feel. The restaurants have good tasting food.

Kathie B., from 27-Nov-2013
The average traveler rating of the city of Raleigh, NC shown above is 4.4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
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