Having undergone multiple renovations since its original construction, the most recent work restores the Inn to its original grandeur and traditional warmth, while offering guests the most up-to-date services and amenities. Choate completes the restoration through multiple phases. The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the prestigious National Trust's Historic Hotels of America.
Fitness Center and Model Guestrooms: This first phase of the renovation expands and upgrades the fitness center and two model guestrooms. The University is brought in to determine the final design for the guest room renovations.
110 Guestroom Renovations: Phase two includes the renovation of 110 guestrooms in wings of the hotel that were built in 1970 and 1995. Renovations to the South Lobby and the hotel gift shop are also included.
89 Guestroom Renovations: The third phase of construction includes the renovation of 89 guestrooms in wings of the hotel that were built in 1924 and 1940, as well as all corridors of the hotel. Work also includes renovation of the Chancellor’s Suites and converting administrative office area to suites.
Carolina Inn Restaurant & Bar Renovation: The complete renovation of the restaurant and bar demolishes the dining area, bar, buffet line, and meeting room to create one grand open space. The new bar sits in the center of the room, with adjacent space becoming the dining area and meeting space. Sliding glass doors provide private dining rooms and a marketplace replaces the original buffet area. The bar and market receive the latest in restaurant equipment.
An extensive millwork package brings warmth and tradition to the renovated space with walnut stained bar, banquettes, wood ceilings, and wood trim. In addition to the interior work, Choate demolishes the existing pergola and patio area to create outdoor seating and dining area. This portion of the project includes a gas fire pit and covered pavilion with lighting and ceiling fans.