Jim Beley

General Manager

Jim Beley brings 28 years of experience in hotel and restaurant management to his position as general manager of The Umstead Hotel and Spa. A native of New York state, Beley now calls Raleigh home with his wife of 23 years and his four children.

  • On May 30, 2013
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What kind of entertainment is offered at the bar at The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    During the afternoon the lounge features harpist music.  In the evenings,  the selection is a blend of jazz, pop, and classical piano or guitar.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What are some locations for weddings at The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    Image credit (optional) Our immaculate 6,000-square-foot outdoor lawn overlooking our shimmering three-acre lake is ideal for ceremonies.

    One of our more exquisitely decorated event venues is the Salon, an elegant room filled with natural light pouring in from lakefront windows. Brocade-lined walls, a modern Italian chandelier and fixtures, and a muted palette create an ideal setting for an intimate reception or dance.

    The Umstead Ballroom is an impressive, spacious venue for events. It has soaring ceilings, intricate custom carpeting, breathtaking lighting and space to create the ultimate party of your design. Smaller events will find our lovely Cedar and Sycamore rooms to be most warm and inviting.
  • On May 30, 2013
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What is the design style of The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Umstead Hotel, designed by Three Architecture in Dallas, is contemporary in design while also relating naturally to its woodland landscape. The exterior is crafted from cut limestone, including the open terrace overlooking our three-acre lake. The interior design of The Umstead Hotel and Spa, executed by Frank Nicholson of Boston, continues to relate to nature with a soothing, earth-toned palette, hand-crafted Italian furniture, custom-designed carpets and striking artwork.
  • On May 30, 2013
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What makes The Umstead Hotel and Spa different from other Five-Star hotels?

    The warmth and sincerity of our associates makes us different. They are not on a programmed script, but honestly want to make the guests happy. We are Southern charm at its best. The Umstead staff treats each other with respect and this comes across to our guests.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What laundry services does The Umstead Hotel and Spa offer?

    Laundry bags are provided in the guest room closet. Dry cleaning, laundry and pressing service items picked up before 8:30 a.m. will be returned by 6 p.m. One-hour pressing services are also available.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What kind of Internet and Wi-Fi access is offered throughout The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    Complimentary Wi-Fi and hardwire Internet connections are available in each guestroom, and there is complimentary Wi-Fi Internet throughout the public spaces of the hotel.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What is the nearest golf course to The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    Guests of The Umstead enjoy the facilities of Prestonwood Country Club. Offering 54 holes of championship-caliber golf, the spectacular course takes full advantage of the area’s gently rolling land. It boasts an uncompromising vision and impeccable execution and is located minutes away from The Umstead.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    Does The Umstead Hotel and Spa hold any holiday events for its guests?

    The Umstead hosts many holiday events for our guests and for local clientele. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, Tea with Santa and our New Year’s Eve Gala are signature Umstead events that people return to annually.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What conference rooms are available at The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Umstead offers over 10,000 square feet of meeting space. From our grand Ballroom and Salon to our more intimate Oak room, our meeting spaces feature art-adorned walls, natural light, audio-visual technologies and impeccable service.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What special amenities are in the rooms at The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Umstead features a bevy of special amenities, including: a 42-inch plasma TV with DVD/CD player and in-room movies; twice-daily maid service including evening turndown; complimentary high-speed wired and Wi-Fi internet access; a gourmet refreshment center; a choice of morning newspapers; an in-room wall safe; a deep soaking tub, double vanity, and separate shower and toilet; large closets with padded suit and skirt hangers; 24-hour room service and concierge service; and spa bathrobes.
  • On May 30, 2013
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What five words would you use to describe the style of The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The style of The Umstead can be described best as:

    Elegant: The décor and ambience is elegant in nature.

    Soothing: From the artwork to the spa to the attentive nature of our staff, the environment is soothing.

    Artful: The art-adorned walls and artfully presented cuisine creates a feast for the eyes.

    Natural: From the color scheme of the property to the outdoor surroundings, you are immersed in the natural world during your time here.

    Calming: The Umstead Spa’s peaceful and calming atmosphere is felt throughout the property. From the bath products in your guest room to the attentive service of our staff, every detail is taken care of so guests can enjoy a sense of calm and tranquility while in our care.
  • On May 30, 2013
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    How is The Umstead Hotel and Spa decorated for the holidays?

    The Umstead uses elegant, simple touches from nature to celebrate the holidays. Natural cedar trees are simply adorned with flowers, hand-blown glass ornaments and lights. Delicate swags of magnolia or pine are tastefully placed throughout.
  • On May 30, 2013
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What makes The Umstead Hotel and Spa different from other Five-Star hotels?

    The warmth and sincerity of our associates makes us different. They are not on a programmed script, but honestly want to make the guests happy. We are Southern charm at its best. The Umstead staff treats each other with respect and this comes across to our guests.
  • On May 30, 2013
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What is the design style of The Umstead Hotel and Spa?

    The Umstead Hotel, designed by Three Architecture in Dallas, is contemporary in design while also relating naturally to its woodland landscape. The exterior is crafted from cut limestone, including the open terrace overlooking our three-acre lake. The interior design of the hotel, executed by Frank Nicholson of Boston, continues to relate to nature with a soothing, earth-toned palette, hand-crafted Italian furniture, custom-designed carpets and striking artwork.
  • On May 30, 2013
    Jim Beley answered the question: Jim Beley

    What Christmas events does The Umstead Hotel and Spa host?

    The Umstead Hotel and Spa welcomes both adults and families with children throughout the holiday season. In 2012, we hosted Tea with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of December. Complete with holiday treats and story time, the annual event is an Umstead guest favorite and so popular, we quickly sold out! We also  invite local residents and guests to take a break from the bustle of holiday shopping to indulge in our Caviar + Champagne celebration, which is another popular experience. This once per year event, showcases multiple caviar-inspired small plates paired with a variety of Champagne and sparkling wine tastings.