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New Cary Hotel Shooting for 5 Stars

Posted January 15, 2007

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— Cary could soon be home to the next five-star hotel. The new Umstead Hotel and Spa is marketing itself as a world-class luxury hotel.

The Umstead is the first of four high-dollar hotels set to open in the Triangle over the next two years. The other hotels will be four-star efforts, but the Umstead is going for five-star honors.

"I think we are trying to make up for missed opportunities through the years," said Martin Armes of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Officials said some of the hotel's amenities include Italian furniture and wood ceilings from South America. In addition, its staff will have customized uniforms.

The hotel will have 150 guest rooms. Starting Monday, rooms are $295 a night. In three months, the fee jumps to $350 a night.

The spa will open Jan. 28.

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  • calliphall Jan 16, 2007

    A 5 star hotel is good for the area... all Cary jokes aside (generally wrong stereotypes anyway) this can do nothing but be a good thing... I doubt it actually gets a ***** but we'll see.

  • narck9 Jan 16, 2007

    Wow. Just a 5 star rating for a Cary Hotel (Sarcasim implied)?

  • Forgetaboutit Jan 15, 2007

    Sorry Jim did not speak to you first before this was built. The Wake County authorities have spoken!

  • bill52674 Jan 15, 2007

    It was probably built so all the uppity business travelers who go to SAS or any business in RTP can spend a night and put it on the company card.

  • sapphire5660 Jan 15, 2007

    I agree with "posting my opinion" - why would anyone want/need/desire to stay in a "5-star hotel" in Cary, NC? There's absolutely NOTHING in Cary I would drive there for - and absolutely NOTHING to do except go to Raleigh - it's a snotty, stuck up hick town there for the relocated yankees who work in the Park.......hope they got plenty of money!

  • jthiespowell Jan 15, 2007

    A five star rating is usually NEVER given to a new build.....they typically wait a couple of years before that can happen. A five star rating is 80% service based, not on amenities.

    I'm loving that WRAL actually used the phrase "High-Dollar" to describe a hotel. Good god.....

  • kittnkboodle Jan 15, 2007

    Yep... I have a degree in hotel management and mlipi is right. You have to have all of the extras that some people don't care aboout and you have to shoot to be near about perfect! But, being considered a 5 star hotel is just for advertising or publicity. I have stayed in a 5 star and of course less and I have see the less be better than the 5 star.

  • inmyopinion3 Jan 15, 2007

    Why on earth would anybody want to stay in a hotel in Cary??? There is absolutely nothing to do there?

  • FloydRTurbo Jan 15, 2007

    To describe this new hotel as "a 5-star" is misleading and totally incorrect. That is an official designation bestow by an accredited hotel industry rating service. The "5 Star" rating is very very rare and involves specific criteria based more on consistent level of service than "wooden ceilings".

    Describe Mrs Goodnight's hotel as "luxury" or "expensive" or "fancy" but WRAL cannot "give" her "5-Stars". .... any more than you can call Ira David Wood "an Academy Award winning actor".