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Graduate Hotels has opened its 23rd property, on Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s West Franklin Street, amidst restaurants, bars, shops, and nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Designed in homage to the university’s academic and athletic legacy as well as the state’s oceans and mountains, the in-house design team utilized Carolina Blue and installed a suspended model airplane inspired by North Carolina’s denomination as “First in Flight.”

On a scoreboard hanging behind reception, the hotel the recalls the university’s iconic 1982 NCAA basketball championship victory against Georgetown in which Michael Jordan made the game-winning shot with 17 seconds left on the clock.


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