Before even stepping into the Siena Hotel’s lobby, you’ll feel as if you’ve been teleported direct to Italy. Adorned with Juliet balconies, Siena Hotel instantly charms you with every Italian detail your eyes land on. The architecture, style, and cuisine all hail from Italy, affording the opportunity, in the Southern U.S. town of Chapel Hill, NC, to live like you are far away in Italy.

Hotel Beginnings

Siena Hotel’s genesis came on a flight home from a vacation in Italy, when the original owners, Samuel and Susan Longiotti, jotted down their vision for this hotel on a cocktail napkin. Inspired by a picturesque Tuscan town they had just visited, Siena Hotel was born. In the Northern hills of Tuscany, Siena is a medieval town where Gothic architecture and Renaissance paintings are deeply woven into daily life and these visionaries wanted to bring a representation of this enchanting Italian town back to Chapel Hill.

Extraordinary Lobby

Lined with ornate columns, the lobby is a beautiful example of Italian style and décor. Ornate chandeliers hang above plush seating as fresh flowers sit on every table, all resting on sleek Italian marble flooring. To complete the atmosphere, soothing music plays as if being piped in directly from an authentic piazza back in Italy.

Exquisite Guest Rooms and Suites

Choose from a Corner King to a Large Studio, every one of their 79 guest rooms is unique and different. Known for its peaceful setting and architectural beauty, this hotel also boasts the largest guests rooms in the area. Under 12ft ceilings, every spacious guest room has a seating area, over-sized marble bathroom, and modern amenities. Keeping true to the hotel’s Italian origins, all the lighting and furnishings are imported direct from Italy.

For members of Marriott Bonvoy, Siena Hotel is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

II Palio Restaurant and Bar

You don’t have to go far for a superior dining experience. Awarded AAA Four Diamond, the hotel’s II Palio Restaurant and Bar is a place where Italian classics and North Carolina-inspired dishes are served up in modern ways. Chef Adam Rose’s thoughtfully prepared menu includes grilled octopus, beef carpaccio, and pan roasted North Carolina red snapper. An amazing selection of house made pasta dominate on their stellar menu. Sometimes daily and seasonal menu changes happen, depending on what’s fresh and available. The wine menu specializes in small batch wines from Italy.

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 Hotel Amenities

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In the morning you will wake up to complimentary morning coffee and in the afternoon you will enjoy freshly squeezed lemonade and cookies. They also offer a complimentary shuttle, taking you anywhere within a 5-mile radius of the hotel. By the babbling fountain, play a game of Bocce Ball. Not sure of the rules? No worries – just read the instruction board before you begin a game.


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On a quiet stretch of E. Franklin Street, Siena Hotel provides the ideal getaway for those who want a serene experience while in Chapel Hill. Approximately 1.5 miles from downtown, you will be close to the action there and on the surrounding UNC Chapel Hill. Nearby are The Research Triangle Park, RDU International Airport, and Duke University.


  1. Wow that looks like a lovely hotel to stay in during a visit to Chapel Hill, NC. I love the Italian inspired decor of the place – thanks for sharing.

    • Sara Kendall Reply

      If you are ever in Chapel Hill, Siena Hotel is the place to stay.

  2. It looks so classy and elegant! Is one of those hotels where you rather stay instead of going out to explore, haha.

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