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Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Designed to look like an English country estate, the AAA 4-Diamond property sits on the Duke University campus 
  • Elegant, spotless interiors and lovely 18-hole golf course
  • The on-site dining room has a nice weekend brunch and afternoon tea (Wednesday-Sunday)
  • There is no outdoor pool (only a small indoor pool), but hotel guests receive access to a private swim and tennis club next door


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.

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  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Valet service (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Pets: Pets allowed. Only dogs are allowed. Maximum number of pets per room 2. Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions

Cancellation: 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.

Additional details: 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.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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