Hotels in Raleigh, NC: 3 Solid Choices Around Downtown

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    Need suggestions for hotels in Raleigh, NC? We have three great options around Downtown, including excellent choices just outside NC State.

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    3 of the best hotels in Raleigh, NC

    Read on for a quick rundown of three of the best Raleigh hotels. 

    (P.S.: touring “The Triangle” as a prospective student? Check out our guide to spending a weekend in Durham, NC, too.)

    1. Aloft Raleigh: a trendy contemporary hotel just off NC State’s campus

    A great option whether you’re catching an NC State game or visiting the school, Aloft Raleigh is just across the street from the university’s main grounds. The hotel features a fresh and trendy contemporary design along with plush, if basic, amenities, plus a cool terrace bar that regularly hosts fun events for locals and guests.

    Aloft Raleigh is, without traffic, about 10 minutes from Downtown, too. But it’s worth noting that this can be a hard hotel to get in and out of: NC State is a busy campus, especially during the fall, when popular sports are in full swing. If you’re looking for a convenient choice to explore the city at large, you may want to consider one of the below hotels in Raleigh, NC.

    2. Raleigh Marriott City Center: a convenient hotel in Raleigh, NC

    If you’re looking for casual digs to use as a base, Raleigh Marriott City Center offers convenience and straightforward accommodations. The hotel isn’t necessarily designed to wow guests, but it’s nice and gets the job done. 

    Moreover, the location’s hard to beat. You’ll find it right next to the Raleigh Convention Center as well as walking distance to the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, both located near the center of Downtown.

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    3. The Casso, Raleigh, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel: a stylish boutique-style hotel 

    The Casso shares a lot of qualities with Raleigh Marriott City Center — both are Marriott hotels — but the former has a more deliberate and artful design. 

    In many ways, you could consider The Casso a happy medium between Aloft Raleigh and Raleigh Marriott City Center. Like Aloft, The Casso’s design is much more contemporary — although there’s a clear emphasis on modernized Southern Charm. But The Casso is also much closer to Downtown, making it a more convenient choice if you’re not visiting Raleigh purely to check out NC State. The school is still nearby, but much of Downtown is easily accessible on foot.

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    This article has been fact checked by Pro Fora Advisor Stephanie Vaughn, an expert on travel to Raleigh, North Carolina.

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