Up-and-coming Durham is home to only a handful of 4-star hotels. There are some trendy boutique-type properties downtown, but for elegance and charming Southern service, the Washington Duke Inn is your best bet.
The hotel is literally on the Duke University campus surrounded by the tall pines of Duke Forest. Its focal point is a lush 18-hole golf course, the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. Interiors are very traditional but not tired -- think Persian rugs, lots of layered drapery, leather arm chairs and old photographs of the Duke family.
Rooms definitely feel AAA 4-Diamond quality with a big marble vanity in the bathroom, plush terry robes, twice-a-day housekeeping and a tasteful "Duke Blue" color scheme that's hard to ignore. If you are traveling solo or as a couple, the standard guest rooms are a good size. Families should check out the one-bedroom suites or even the specialty family suites that come with a bunk bed.
Besides golf, some of the nicest property features are a 3-mile running/walking trail that loops around the grounds, a traditional afternoon tea in the dining room and a weekend brunch -- but be warned, service is the dining room is very slow.
All this property seems to be missing is an outdoor pool (there is a small indoor pool) -- but next door to the hotel is the private Duke Faculty Club with two lap pools, a kiddie pool and a main pool with a slide. Washington Duke guests receive access to this club for $10 per person, per day.
The hotel is a 10-minute drive to downtown Durham and the Warehouse District, where old tobacco warehouses have been converted into eclectic shops, barbecue joints and breweries. Check out The Pit for authentic North Carolina BBQ. Another good pick for off-property dining is Four Square (five-minute drive from hotel) -- it is set in a regal, turn-of-the-century home with a wraparound porch and seasonal dining menu, and some of the rooms are said to be haunted.
From the press:
"At its core, the hotel is a tasteful ode to a less complicated time" -- Forbes Travel Guide
"Luxury travelers will feel right at home" -- Fodor's
Newspaper / magazines
Golf course (on-site)
24-hour front desk
Baby-sitting service on request
Currency exchange / ATM
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Pay-per-view / movies on demand
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Valet service (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed. Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
Breakfast fee: USD 16.99 per person (approximately)
Valet parking fee: USD 10 per night (in/out privileges)
Pet fee: USD 100.00 per accommodation, per stay
Refrigerator fee: USD 15 per night
In-room microwave fee: USD 15 per night
Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
The Washington Duke Inn is 20-25 minutes by car from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
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