Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Carolina gem balances tradition and trends
Durham is a traditional college town with growing-city tendencies. Thanks to Duke University and a diverse metropolis jostling for position in the same space, there are times when the two sides spill over onto the other — and never is that more present than at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

Named after the late tobacco maven and philanthropist Washington Duke, this upscale hotel option for campus visitors and area businesspeople has an elegance that resonates back to a simpler time — 19th-century-inspired furnishings in the lobby and old photos of the Duke family throughout the public spaces certainly help in this mission.

But in the same breath, the 271-room Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel has a cosmopolitan side that struts in the form of in-room gadgetry and an in-cart GPS system for the 18-hole championship golf course that should come with NASA clearance.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The attentive staff has a friendliness about it that goes well beyond what is required. Smiles feel genuine. Gestures have warmth. And don’t be alarmed if bellhops remember your name between annual visits.
  • The esteemed restaurant, Fairview Dining Room, is a polished establishment that believes in providing attentive service, using the finest in cutlery, and serving a pan-encrusted Carolina grouper you’ll talk about for days.
  • While Duke may be best known for its basketball prowess, this stellar hotel has a Robert Jones Jr.-designed golf course, Duke University Golf Club, that scores with the faithful of the fairways.
Things to Know
  • Bull Durham Bar, named in tribute to the city’s Minor League Baseball team and the beloved Kevin Costner-starred movie about the squad, is alive with Blue Devil fans clamoring during basketball and football season.
  • The property sits on 300 pine-speckled acres, making it the perfect backdrop for a morning run or afternoon walk.
The Rooms
  • Much like the scene in the lobby, rooms are styled in a classic fashion, accentuated by leather armchairs, elegant lamps and just the right hints of Duke blue on the tapestries.
  • Units are equipped with iHome entertainment centers and 37-inch flat-screen TVs. Reserve a suite and you’ll also get your hands on a touchscreen Kohler shower system.
Nearby Attractions
  • The hotel sits directly across the street from the athletic corridor of the campus. So, if you’re in town for a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium or Wallace Wade Stadium, you can almost smell the hot dogs from the lobby.
  • Washington Duke Inn is well positioned for any off-property fun you want to have, too. In fact, downtown Durham is but three miles from the hotel.
Getting There
3001 Cameron Boulevard, Durham, North Carolina 27705
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