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Save the Date for WOB 2016: September 27-October 1!

Hotel blocks will open with ticket sales & registration in Spring 2016.

The IBMA has worked with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau to ensure that hotel rates do not increase at all from the 2013 rates. Each hotel has a variety of price ranges and amenities for you to choose what works best for you. The host hotels are connected to the main IBMA event venues (Raleigh Convention Center – IBMA Convention and Expo, Red Hat Amphitheater- Concerts during Wide Open Bluegrass, City Plaza – Concerts during Wide Open Bluegrass, and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts- IBMA Awards), and overflow hotels are in easy proximity to where all the IBMA action will be!


Host H​otels


SOLD OUT - Raleigh Marriott City Center

500 Fayetteville Street

$139.00 per night        

Limited Availability
Not accessible with Bluegrass Ramble purchase

The Raleigh Marriott City Center boasts 400 sleeping rooms, including 20 suites. It has 14,900 square feet of meeting space, ballroom (9,052 square feet) and breakout meeting rooms (5,950 square feet). It also features an upscale Tuscan restaurant (in the award-winning Posta Tuscan Grille), a Starbucks® coffee shop, 400 square feet of retail space and a pool. Approximately 900 parking spaces are just below the Raleigh Marriott City Center, with an enclosed connector to the Raleigh Convention Center.

Distance to Raleigh Convention Center: Connected


Lobby of the Raleigh Marriott City Center

SOLD OUT - Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

421 S. Salisbury Street

$139.0​0 per night         

Limited Availability
Not accessible with Bluegrass Ramble purchase

The Sheraton Raleigh has 353 luxurious guest rooms, 20,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, and an award-winning staff. Located one block from the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and across the street from the Raleigh Convention Center, the Sheraton Raleigh is in walking distance to restaurants and nightlife venues and the State Capitol as well.

Distance to Raleigh Convention Center: Across the street.


Photo inside a  lobby area of The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown

320 Hillsborough Street

$109.00 ​per night         

Located in the heart of Downtown, and only minutes away from the Raleigh Convention Center, NCSU Campus, and Glenwood South Entertainment District, the Holiday Inn Downtown offers 202 guest rooms, Top of the Tower Restaurant and Lounge for visiting or jamming, complimentary on site covered parking, complimentary internet access/ 24 hour business center and exercise room. Hotel has been recently renovated and opened as a new Holiday Inn, was formerly The Clarion in 2013.

Distance to the Raleigh Convention Center: 0.8 miles.
Complimentary R Line Shuttle service available (R Line stop is across the street from the hotel)


Photo of Clarion Hotel.

SOLD OUT - Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh/Downtown

600 Glenwood Avenue

$139.00 per night            

Just opened in 2013, the Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown hotel is conveniently located in downtown Raleigh, NC, in the well-known Glenwood South District, full of fabulous restaurants & nightlife. Make yourself comfortable in a warm and inviting guest room with features to help you relax and stay productive. It’s easy to stay in touch with the office and home with free high-speed internet access in every room. Feel refreshed after a night’s sleep in a clean and fresh Hampton bed® and start your day right with Hampton’s free hot breakfast. They have a great lobby and outdoor patio that will be wonderful jamming locations! Self parking is across the street at a cost of $6 per day.

Distance to the Raleigh Convention Center: 1.5 miles.
Complimentary R Line shuttle service is available and the R Line stop is one block from the hotel.


Lobby of Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown.

Double Tree Raleigh Brownstone/University

1707 Hillsborough Street

$154 per night         

Ideally located downtown near NC State University, this Raleigh, North Carolina hotel is just steps from 100 retail stores, 30 restaurants and numerous entertainment venues. Enjoy easy access to the downtown business district, Raleigh Convention Center, NC State Capitol and government complexes, one mile away.

Distance to the Raleigh Convention Center: 1.67 miles.


Hilton North Raleigh/ Midtown

3415 Wake Forest Road

$101.00 per night            

The Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown hotel is ideal for discovering North Raleigh’s highly popular shopping and business district. The hotel is located just minutes from Downtown Raleigh, North Hills Shopping Mall and is only 10-15 minutes to the Raleigh Convention Center. Enjoy the complimentary airport shuttle service to and from the airport and North Hills Shopping center from this Raleigh hotel. IBMA visitors will find breakfast or Starbucks® coffee at Lofton’s Corner, or unwind with friends or family in the relaxed casual restaurant, Skybox Grill & Bar, which serves lunch and dinner. Retire to one of the hotel’s comfortable and contemporary guest rooms with high-speed internet access. Parking is on site and complimentary.

Distance to the Raleigh Convention Center: 4.7 miles.


Lobby of Hilton North

Holiday Inn Express Raleigh Southwest – NC State Hotel

3741 Thistledown Drive

$89.99 per night         

The Holiday Inn Express Raleigh SW boasts an enjoyable country setting while being convenient to all the big city attractions and businesses. Located just off I-40 at exit 295 and 15 minutes from the Raleigh Convention Center, amenities include our indoor, heated swimming pool, whirlpool and Fitness Center. IBMA guests will enjoy the comfortable public spaces and outdoor areas for jamming as well as the sausage, bacon, eggs and our signature cinnamon rolls at the complimentary Express Start Breakfast.

Distance to the Raleigh Convention Center: 5.2 miles.


Holiday Inn Express

Red Roof Inn Raleigh Convention Center NCSU

1813 S. Saunders Street

$79.99 per night         

The Red Roof Inn is located approximately 2 miles from the Raleigh Convention Center and just off I-40, and is a mainstay in our Downtown area. When IBMA arrives in September, the hotel will have completed a complete renovation. Parking is plentiful, on site and complimentary.

Distance to the Raleigh Convention Center: 2.2 miles.


Red Roof Inn

"Jamming" and "Non-Jamming" Rooms are Available
The Marriott City Center and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotels will allow "jam sessions" on designated floors of their property and only guests assigned to those floors will be permitted to host jam sessions during IBMA events. There will also be accommodations designated as quiet/non-jamming areas, and no jam sessions will be permitted in those areas. Consider your preference when choosing your room type and confirm it when making your reservation. The additional properties offering discounted rates to our attendees will not have jamming options for their property.

Confirming Reservation
Hotel confirmations will be sent to you directly from the hotel property that you chose for your reservation. NOT IBMA. Review confirmations carefully for accuracy and cancelation policies. Hotels will make every effort to meet your requests for specific room types and locations on a first-come, first served basis. However, specific room assignments cannot be guaranteed.