Charlestowne Hotels opens college hotel in N.C.

Hospitality management company Charlestowne Hotels opened The Inn at Elon (N.C.) earlier this month on the Elon University campus. Owned by an affiliated entity of the university, the property fulfills its longstanding goal of having an on-campus hotel to host visitors to the school and the surrounding region.

Financing for the property includes a plan to directly benefit students. All revenue beyond operating costs will be directed to fund scholarships.

“The college hospitality market continues to expand and evolve with enhanced quality of stay, high-touch services and elevated amenities,” Jennifer West, director of operations at Charlestowne Hotels, said in a statement. “We collaborated with Elon to develop a distinct brand and property features that pay tribute to the university connection while maintaining a sophisticated boutique hotel atmosphere—choosing purposeful, refined comforts over thematic design.”


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The Inn at Elon includes a 5,200-square-foot multipurpose ballroom that can accommodate up to 340 people, as well as an outdoor lawn providing space for 440. Other features include an upscale restaurant and lounge, an outdoor courtyard with fire pits, a fitness center, on-site parking and complimentary bicycle rentals.

The inn is located at the main north entrance to Elon University’s campus, next to the Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center. It is within driving distance to several other North Carolina hubs, including Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Durham and Winston-Salem.

Charlestowne Hotels also operates collegiate hotels at or near Clemson University in South Carolina, Colgate University in New York, Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, Longwood University in Virginia and the University of Arkansas.